The National Wildlife Federation Certifies The Elephant Discovery Center

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Americas largest wildlife conservation and education organization, recently granted Wildlife Habitat Garden certification to The Elephant Discovery Center's Outdoor Classroom, through its Garden for Wildlife Program.

This certification recognizes our efforts to create a sustainable landscape and garden that supports birds, butterflies, bees, frogs and other local wildlife. In addition, The Elephant Discovery Center’s pollinator garden has been co-certified with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.

Every Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden provides natural sources of food, water, and cover, and is maintained in a sustainable way that incorporates native plants, conserves water and doesn't rely on pesticides. The establishment of a pollinator garden at The Discovery Center is a proactive step toward promoting ecological health, supporting biodiversity, providing educational opportunities, and fostering a culture of sustainability within the organization and our surrounding community. Through initiatives like this, The Sanctuary hopes to demonstrate its dedication to being a responsible steward of the planet and the elephants with which we share it, and inspire others to do the same.

“Anyone, anywhere can restore wildlife habitat right in their own yards and communities,” said NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski. “Whether you garden in a suburban yard, and urban area or a rural plot of land, you can make a difference for wildlife.”

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