Garden Habitats

A field of native blanket flowers in Texas.

Hardiness Zones and Ecoregions for Climate-Smart Gardening

Gardeners, check your zones! The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map received its first update in over ten years, moving many gardeners up a half-zone. Those previously on the upper edge … Read more

American toad photographed in Ohio. Credit: Kathy Bodall

Vernal Pools Make Your Garden Sing

If you’re trying to find a vernal pool in spring, you’re best off closing your eyes and listening. As sunset approaches, the pond begins to sing. Tree frogs make a … Read more

Nature-Themed Reading for Black History Month

This Black History Month, we are uplifting Black leaders that have made a difference by sharing personal, ancestral, and contemporary connections with nature, gardening, and community education. Progressive Nature Studies … Read more

A young volunteer wearing a blue "Earth Tomorrow" t-shirt uses a circular saw to divide a plank of wood.

Earth Tomorrow’s “3’Peat” Service Learning Confluence

I share this poem because it speaks to confluence. Confluence: Merriam Webster defines as a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point. The flowing together of two … Read more

A close up of thick green foliage with small yellow flowers.

Deceptively Beautiful Invasive Plants

For as long as people have been gardening, they have been getting excited about beautiful plants. While today we walk the aisles of plant nurseries, gardeners centuries ago were searching … Read more

A bird with brown wings and a black and white striped head holds inch worms in its beak.

Year-Round Bird Feeding

Winter is a prime time to bring those bird feeders out and make a New Year’s resolution to provide food year-round for our feathered friends. Discover how birds’ diets change … Read more

Building Detroit’s Green Future

For many of the houses of worship and organizations involved in Sacred Grounds, it’s as much about education as it is about the installations. Read part 1 of this series … Read more

Ohio Native Plant Garden at First Cleveland Mosque.

6 New Sacred Grounds™ Native Plant Gardens & 5 New Participants in Cleveland

This summer, six native plant gardens at houses of worship in Greater Cleveland are being designated as National Wildlife Federation Sacred Grounds™ sites! This means each faith community dedicated space, … Read more

The base of a large tree is surrounded in a leaf layer.

Pro-Tips for Leaving the Leaves

The National Wildlife Federation has designated October as Leave the Leaves Month! As we head into autumn, many trees and shrubs shed their leaves or needles in preparation for their … Read more

Seven Species that Need You to Leave the Leaves

As the hues of autumn give way to winter detritus, many homeowners are quick to discard the fallen leaves suddenly blanketing their yards. But what if we told you that … Read more