↑ Return to Bring Conservation Home

Print this Page

Certification Criteria

Certification Levels   (print version)

Certification at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum Level is awarded upon meeting the criteria below


  • Use native plants to landscape at least 5% of available property.
  • Include at least 2 of the 4 canopy levels.
  • Eradicate Bush Honeysuckle from at least 50% of the property and 100% of the Silver level Invasive plants.
  • Complete 3 items from Wildlife Stewardship and 1 item from Stormwater Management .
  • Develop plan to reach Gold Certification (recommended).



Canopy Levels:  <top>

(1) wildflowers/grasses, (2) shrubs, (3) understory trees, and (4) canopy trees.

Invasive Plants: <top>

Silver Level: Bush Honeysuckle (at least 50% of property), Garlic Mustard, Purple Loosestrife, White Sweet Clover, Yellow Sweet Clover, Canada Thistle, Musk Thistle, Common Teasel, Star-of-Bethlehem, Wintercreeper (from vertical surfaces).

Gold Level: Bush Honeysuckle (at least 75% of property), Field Bindweed, Spotted Knapweed, Kudzu, Oriental Bittersweet, Autumn Olive, Burning Bush/Winged Euonymous, Tree of Heaven, Golden Rain Tree, Siberian Elm, English Ivy.

Platinum Level: Bush Honeysuckle (all), Johnson Grass, Crown Vetch, Sericea Lespedeza, Japanese Honeysuckle, Japanese Hops, Privets (all species), Mimosa, Bradford/Callery Pear, 100% of All Wintercreeper.

Wildlife Stewardship: <top>

  • Plant a butterfly garden in full sun with at least 6 different native wildflower, shrub or tree species that furnish nectar for adults or leaves for caterpillars.
  • Plant a woodland wildflower garden with at least 6 different native wildflower species adapted to shade.
  • Plant a songbird garden with at least 3 different species of native shrubs and/or trees that provide fruits for residential or migrating songbirds.
  • Plant a hummingbird garden with at least 4 different species of native wildflowers, shrubs and/or trees.
  • Install one bird house and monitor to keep out non-native birds (i.e. starlings, English house sparrows, etc.
  • Install a wildlife water feature (includes a bird bath)
  • Install one bat house.
  • Convert outdoor cats to strictly indoor cats or use an outdoor enclosure
  • Implement a plan to reduce bird/window collisions.

Stormwater Management: <top>

  • Eliminate all chemical pesticides & fertilizers (except for application of herbicides to eradicate invasive plants).
  • Reduce and maintain the amount of manicured turf grass and impervious surfaces (cement, asphalt, etc.) to less than 10% of property (minus the footprint of house).
  • Install a 50-gallon rain barrel to the guttering system and use rainwater around your home.
  • Plant 2 large, native trees to absorb rainwater or stabilize slopes
  • Install a rain garden on your lot or another residential lot.
  • Actively participate in planning or installing a large-scale rain garden on non-residential grounds.
  • Install a “green ecoroof” that helps to detain or retain stormwater.

Education and Volunteerism: <top>

  • Participate in wildlife-oriented citizen science program (i.e. Project FeederWatch, NestWatch, etc.).
  • Recruit two other participants into the SLAS Bring Conservation Home Program
  • Volunteer your property, and get accepted, to be showcased in native plant/wildlife garden tours.
  • Train and volunteer to inspect and mentor others in participation in the Bring Conservation Home Program.
  • Volunteer for two or more SLAS activities/projects.
  • Participate in two different continuing education nature classes in conjunction with the Master Naturalist Certificate (joint program of SLAS and St. Louis Community College at Meramec).

(print version)

Share this...Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Permanent link to this article: http://stlouisaudubon.org/blog/bring-conservation-home-program/certification-criteria/

Optimization WordPress Plugins & Solutions by W3 EDGE