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.