What are the requirements for certification?
Besides milkweed for monarchs, you must provide host plants for five additional butterfly species.
You must provide four nectar sources for butterflies and other pollinators in each of three seasons (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Plants that bloom in more than one season can be counted in all seasons during which they provide nectar. Host plants may also be counted as nectar plants.
You must provide an appropriate water source for butterflies, a basking site, and shelter from weather, predators, and human activity.
You must practice at least nine conservation practices.
If you are a school or educational facility, you must also describe how your project is incorporated into the curriculum.
What is the cost of certification?
You can choose to certify your pollinator habitat and receive a certificate suitable for framing for $10.00 OR certify and order a sign for an additional $28.00 (total cost $38.00). The online application will allow you to pay by credit card or to send a check.
How do I certify my habitat?
Complete the online application.
What else will I need to complete the application? Here is a TEMPLATE of all of the questions that are included on the online application. We recommend that you download this Word document, fill in the answers offline, use it to cut and paste the answers onto the online form, and then save this document as your record.
The applicant is responsible for obtaining photo release waivers for all photos and from all persons included in photos. Parents must sign a copy of a release form if children are under 18 years of age. A confirmation of this action is included as part of the application.
What are the benefits of certifying?
When you certify your habitat, you will:
Gain a sense of satisfaction that you are helping the environment
Bring media attention and state recognition for your work to create pollinator habitat
Be eligible to order a Monarchs Across Georgia "Certified Pollinator Habitat” sign for your outdoor classroom, backyard or other habitat location
The Outstanding Certified Pollinator Habitat of the Year will receive special recognition at the Environmental Education Alliance’s annual awards ceremony!