The Wild Ones Member Certification Program is designed to help Wild Ones members learn more about natural landscaping, sustainable yards, and biodiversity – while getting credit and recognition for what they've learned.
Launched in 2005, Ecoscaper was the first part of the certification program. Consisting of three educational levels, plus continuing education criteria, Ecoscaper lays a good foundation by testing basic native landscaping knowledge – and then guides participants through specific self-designed fieldwork projects.
The term Ecoscaper refers to the concept and practice of ecological landscaping, and the program provides opportunities for Wild Ones members to increase their knowledge about landscaping in harmony with nature – while receiving credit for their accomplishments.
The Ecoscaper Certification Program consists of three educational levels plus continuing education criteria – and includes practical hands-on work along with online tests.
The new Ecospace program emphasizes certifying yards based on the degree of natural landscaping and the overall sustainability of the landscape. More than just learning the basics, the Wild Ones Member Certification Program starts people thinking about, and working on, community awareness and advocacy in general – and promoting the ideals of Wild Ones.
Unlike other yard certification programs, the Wild Ones Ecospace Certification Program looks at the big picture, to get members, their families, their friends, and their neighbors thinking about making environmentally sound changes in their yards.
Under the program, yards and green spaces are certified based on the amount of native plants and natural landscaping in use, and the overall sustainability of the landscape.
Ecospace is a great way for homeowners, business owners, as well as municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations to show what they are doing for biodiversity.
The old song says, "the back bone connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone connected to the knee bone," but that's nothing compared to the interconnectedness of all life on Earth.
Native plants, alien invaders, furry creatures, caterpillars, and everything that swims – they're all connected, and all depend on the entire web of life for survival.
The Wild Ones Member Certification programs help members learn more about how this connectedness works, and how to start making their own exciting connections.