Certified Wildlife Community
The City of Annapolis is excited to be Certified with the National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat Program. Because Annapolis has a population of approximately 38,000, the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) certifies communities with a similar population who earn 450 total points in categories such as education, community projects, and habitat certifications. We joined as the 71st certified community in the United States that works towards creating a wildlife-friendly city for residents and visitors to enjoy.
For more information, visit the National Wildlife Federation website.
When you certify, you receive:
- A personalized certificate for your wildlife habitat
- A free one-year membership for NWF and subscription to National Wildlife magazine
- A subscription to the Wildlife Online - Habitats Edition e-newsletter
- An optional press release for your local newspaper announcing your certification
- Inclusion in NWF's National Registry of Habitats
- Eligibility to order and post a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" yard sign to display your commitment to wildlife conservation and the environment
Photo courtesy of Erika Smith
How Can You Help
City is certified with the National Wildlife Federation. We are required to maintain our program as a part of our certification, but we need the help of our community to join our efforts by participating in environmental projects!
- Create your wildlife garden and certify. Start your certification process.
- Schools can certify by visiting the NWF website.
- Participate in tree plantings, trail clean-ups, common area wildlife certification efforts. For more information on volunteering, please email.
The City of Annapolis and our partners would like to thank the following Schoolyard Habitats for participating in the NWF Habitat Program:
- Chesapeake Ecology Center - Adams Academy, 245 Clay Street
- Eastport Elementary School, 420 Fifth Street
- U.S. Naval Academy, 181 Wainwright Road
- West Annapolis Elementary School - 210 Annapolis Street
The City of Annapolis and our partners would like to thank the following Open Spaces, Places of Worship, and workspaces for participating in the NWF Habitat Program:
- Annapolis Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Road
- Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street
- Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region, 931 Spa Road
- Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Avenue
- National Wildlife Federation Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, 706 Giddings Avenue
- SPCA Back Creek Preserve, 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue
- Samaritan House, 2610 Greenbriar Lane
- Severn House Condominiums, Fairview Avenue
City Hall Wildlife Habitat
In addition to the participants, The City of Annapolis’ City Hall is a certified Wildlife Habitat. The pathway in between City Hall and the Hillman parking garage features some native plants, a butterfly puddling area, and ground cover for shelter and a place to raise young. Certified City parks include:
- Acton Cove Park
- Amos Garrett Park
- Barbara Neustadt Park
- College Creek Park
- Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek
- Horn Point Park
- Newman Street Park
- Truxtun Park
- Waterworks Park
The City of Annapolis and our partners would like to thank our wonderful residents for taking the initiative by creating beautiful habitats for our native wildlife.
Partners for the City of Annapolis efforts to become certified as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat:
- City of Annapolis
- Office of Environmental Policy
- Department of Recreation and Parks
- National Wildlife Federation
- Wild Bird Center of Annapolis