Pollinator Habitat Certification Program

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If you are currently one of our Certified Pollinator Habitats, and would like to order one of our new signs to replace the one you already have, the cost is $25.00.

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Why certify your garden?

There are many benefits for certifying your pollinator garden:

  • 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
  • Those Certified Pollinator Habitats that have been maintained for a minimum of three years from their certification date are eligible to be nominated for our Pollinator Habitat Award.

What are the requirements for certification?
monarch larvae on butterflyweed

  • two milkweed species (a minimum of two plants per species) for monarchs
  • provide host plants for five additional butterfly species Butterflies and Moths of North America is an excellent website for obtaining host plant information. Other resources can be found on our Pollinator Resources page.
  • 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.
  • provide an appropriate water source for butterflies, a basking site, and shelter from weather, predators, and human activity
  • provide spaces/ places for native bees to raise young
  • 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?

What else will I need to complete the application?
aphrodite fritillary on butterflyweed

  1. Use this offline TEMPLATE to complete your initial application.  Please download this Word document, and fill in the answers offline.
  2. When you have completed the offline Template, email the file to [email protected] for approval.  The Pollinator Habitat Certification chair will review the application and email you back with any changes that will be needed before final approval.
  3. Once your template has been approved, use it to cut and paste the answers into the online form (web-based pollinator habit certification application form).
  4. Once you have filled out the online application, submit your payment and save this document as your record.
  5. Please submit photos of your garden or a garden design in a separate email to [email protected]. The applicant is responsible for obtaining a Copyright Release Form from photographer as well as a photo release form for anyone recognizable in the works. 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.
  6. Once these steps have been complete, your certificate and sign (if ordered) will be mailed to you.