Backyard Habitat Certification

  • Gresham is home to birds and butterflies, bats, tree frogs, rare turtles and flying squirrels. Your yard can be a valuable habitat for these animals. The City, in partnership with Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust, offers the Backyard Certification Program to homes, schools, public institutions and businesses in Gresham and Fairview. 

    How it works 

    The service includes a visit from an East County expert, who will identify invasive weeds, suggest beneficial native plants, and other outdoor features that attract and support wildlife.

    For $35, participants receive*:

    • A home visit by appointment
    • A report with recommendations for your yard
    • Advice on stormwater management
    • Free bird or bat box
    • Free resources like gardening coupons
    • Access to the fall annual native plant sale offering deep discounts over retail prices
    • A beautiful certification sign for your yard

    Contact us

    • Questions about the program? Call a Backyard Habitat representative at 503-841-5918.
    • Scholarships are available to Gresham residents if cost is a barrier to participation. For more information, email or call 503-618-2657.