Backyard Habitat Certification

  • Bee-utiful, free native plants

    Receive up to $35 of free native plants with enrollment in our Backyard Habitat program by Aug. 31. Help Gresham create more “bee buffets” at home for wild bees and butterflies, who help local food grow.

    Apply for 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

    Call a certified technician at 503-841-5918 or City Watershed Steward Keri Handaly at 503-618-2657.
    *Scholarship are available to Gresham residents.