Little Miami Intermediate Blog

LMIS now has NWF-certified wildlife habitat

Posted on: April 17, 2017

The National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to announce that Maineville, Ohio has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat through its Garden for Wildlife program on the grounds of Little Miami Intermediate School. In addition, Little Miami Intermediate’s habitat has been co-certified with NWF’s state affiliate in Ohio.

Sixth grade teacher Stephanie Baldwin and her students headed up the effort to create a garden that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.

This Certified Wildlife Habitat garden is now also part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to create a million gardens that provide habitat for declining pollinator insects, like butterflies and bees.

"My students love observing nature and I am happy we were able to preserve a piece of our schoolyard for wildlife habitat," Baldwin said. "Our habitat will remain an open grassland for animals like the meadowlark, killdeer and bluebirds. A small pond in the corner will provide water and students will work to pull invasive plant species and replace them with native prairie plants. These changes will help our school reduce the use of fertilizers and water while creating a space for students to enjoy the outdoors."

NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive. It encourages planting with native species like milkweed and discouraging chemical pesticide use.

Yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes can all be certified as wildlife sanctuaries. For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit