Practice social distancing even when outdoors.

Please follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Wildlife Diversity Program: Science for Stewardship

Wildscapes: Best of Texas Backyard Habitat Certification

Thank you for your interest in becoming recognized as having a Certified Texas Wildscape.
Due to the lack of staff and a current hiring freeze our agency is not currently able process, review, and approve new "Texas Wildscapes" or "Best of Texas Backyard Habitat Certification" applications.
We apologize for this inconvenience.

Please watch our website over the next year for updates on the Texas Wildscapes Certification Program.

What are the essentials?

The Best of Texas Backyard Habitats Program is a joint effort of the National Wildlife Federation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that allows Texans to certify under both programs with a single form. Best of Texas Backyard Habitat took the best of the two individual programs and pushed the bar a little higher, challenging Texas wildlife gardeners to create a habitat that seeks to maximize wildlife benefits and highlight sound conservation stewardship within the bounds of urban restrictions. Does your garden meet the challenge? If so, Best of Texas Backyard Habitats may be just the program for you!

What will I need for certification?

Certification will require: