Habitat at Home

Habitat at Home, formerly known as the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program, is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's effort to encourage Washingtonians to connect with nature where they live, work, and play. By learning ways to increase biodiversity through planting native plants, coexisting with wildlife, and making decisions that positively impact the health of our communities, we can all make a difference. Download and share the Habitat at Home brochure. Y Hábitat en tu Hogar en español.

The Habitat at Home program is free and open to all Washington residents. 

Collage of Washington wildlife featuring a swallow, chipmunk, newt, frog, and bumble bee
Photo by Conner Neander, Allison Lamb, Misty Mixon, and Craig Newberry

What makes a habitat?

A wildlife habitat is a combination of four elements: food, water, shelter, and space. Learn more by clicking below on the size of the space you have to work with (small space, yard, or community space) or explore what you can do to create wildlife habitat for specific species group. We hope you will discover fun and impactful ways to support wildlife regardless of your expertise, how much space you have, or where you live.

Did you know? Nature habitats don't just benefit wildlife, it benefits you too. Native plants are adapted to the natural rainfall and weather conditions in your area, and require less maintenance. Indigenous plants help reduce storm water runoff and can decrease the heat island effect on your home.