Little Habitat Project

Certify your little habitat through the Little Habitat Project! Anyone can enroll any size habitat they’ve created in developed areas like neighborhoods, parks, and other sites listed below. Benefits of enrollment include a Little Habitat Project yard sign and a $10 native plant sale coupon.

The Little Habitat Project aims to create more resilient and sustainable ecosystem functions in places where wildlife and people intersect by promoting habitat connectivity, enhancing biodiversity and food webs, and engaging community members in conservation efforts.

Wildlife species are facing threats from many kinds of human activities such as habitat loss and invasive species. This program supports community participation in the creation of a network of connected habitats in developed areas (i.e urban and suburban zones) to prevent fragmentation and provide corridors for wildlife to travel and thrive.

Certification Components

Click on the icons below to learn more about each certification component.

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Infra- structure
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Service Area

The Little Habitat Project serves developed areas of Marion County including:

  • Private Yards/Gardens
  • Townhomes/Apartments
  • HOA Common Areas
  • Schoolyards/ Universities/Community Colleges
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Public Parks
  • Places of Worship
  • Municipal Buildings & more!

Target Species

We help project participants develop habitat and connectivity for these categories of wildlife:

  • Pollinators
  • Birds
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Bats
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Mammals

Certification Process

  1. Review the Certification Criteria.
  2. Determine which actions you will take to qualify.
  3. Request a site evaluation (optional).
  4. Implement any practices needed to qualify for the certification level of your choosing.
  5. Submit application form online.
  6. Successful applicants will receive: a) Little Habitat Project yard sign, b) $10 native plant sale coupon.

Certify Your Habitat

View the certification checklist to see what the certification requirements are.

We have reached capacity for the current round of Little Habitat certifications. Add your name to the waitlist to be the first to hear when we start accepting applications again!

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Kassi Roosth
Urban Conservation Planner
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