Environmental signs in your yard serve as powerful symbols of your commitment to sustainability and conservation, inspiring neighbors and passersby to adopt eco-friendly practices. They play a crucial role in spreading awareness, turning individual efforts into a collective movement for a healthier and more environmentally conscious community.
Monarch Waystation: Transform your yard into a haven for Monarchs! If you've embraced milkweed and pollinator-friendly plants, Monarch Watch invites you to showcase your commitment. Qualify for a prestigious Monarch Waystation sign and certificate by registering at the link: Monarch Waystation Registration.
Certified Wildlife Habitat: Your garden can be a certified haven for local wildlife! Share how your outdoor space supports birds, butterflies, and more, and the National Wildlife Federation will certify it as a Wildlife Habitat. Proudly display your commitment and directly support wildlife protection programs: Certified Wildlife Habitat.
Buckthorn Free: The spread of invasive species is a major factor contributing to ecosystem change and instability throughout Chicagoland. Invasive species displace or wipe out native species, damage infrastructure, and threaten human livelihoods. If you live in Lake County and your property is free of European buckthorn (𝘙𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘯𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢), you’re eligible to apply for "Buckthorn Free" flag from the Lake County Forest Preserves! Apply Here
Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary: Do you enjoy attracting wildlife to your home? Do you maintain the four elements of habitat: Food, Water, Shelter, & Sufficient Space? Would you like to have a beautiful garden blooming with native flowers from early spring throughout the summer and late into the autumn? If you said yes to any of these questions, then your property can become a Certified Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary through the Illinois Audubon Society. Link to Application