Habitat loss leads to the annual decline of thousands of plant and animal species across the planet. Creating healthy wildlife habitats is critical to their continued survival. This 3-part workshop series will teach you how to create a wildlife habitat in your backyard. Each workshop will focus on one of the essential elements needed for a healthy habitat.

Applying the concepts learned throughout this series in your own yard will not only provide needed habitat for native wildlife but will also meet the minimum qualifications for the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat designation.

Workshop 1 – Shelter, March 9 10a-12p
This workshop will look at the importance of providing homes and a place for wildlife to raise their young. We will take a short hike to see natural examples of shelter and discuss man-made options including a visit to our resident bat and bee houses. Then we will build blue bird houses from kits included with your registration. Additionally, all registered participants will be entered
in a raffle to win an owl nest box.

Workshop 2 – Food, April 20 10a-12p
Celebrate Earth Day as we look at the best way to provide food for wildlife through native plant gardening. Take a walk among our native wildflower field. Learn about host plants for pollinators, sustainable gardening practices and bird feeder DOs and DONTs. Gardening experts will be on hand and registered participants will be able to take home a selection of native plant seeds and/ or seedlings for your own garden.

Workshop 3 – Water, September 14 10a-12p
Water is essential to all life. Learn practical ways to add water to your garden and support native wildlife. The best water features for attracting birds, bees and butterflies, and amphibians. Then make your very own leaf mold bird bath to complete your backyard wildlife habitat. All supplies included with registration.

Saturday, March 9th, 2024

Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Saturday, September 14th, 2024

10am – 12pm

Individual workshop $25
Two workshops $45
All three workshops $60

The Ark
7001 W. Commerce St.
Hernando, MS 38632