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Defining your Community: Neighborhood Community Projects


A Neighborhood Community Wildlife Habitat project can be a community area such as a designated homeowners’ association (define by zip code or streets), a neighborhood within a city (define by zip code or streets), or section of a community (designed by defined boundaries). 

Generally, as we have defined them, neighborhoods have a population of under 5,000 residents, but we do realize there are exceptions, such as in larger urban settings such as the District of Columbia,  which has some very densely populated neighborhoods (i.e. Adams Morgan).  If you are in a larger urban setting, you may either define your community as a neighborhood or a community.

The benchmarks for certifying properties for a neighborhood include a higher ratio of residents and common areas such as parks, community center or other public properties.  Neighborhoods may or may not have schools, businesses or places of worship.  If your neighborhood does encompass these property types and you have a population greater than 5,000, you will be asked to certify a percentage of these properties.

Neighborhoods will need to meet the minimum engagement goals, as well as the number of certifications required.


Meet a Few of our Neighborhood Projects

Broadlands Neighborhood Association - Ashburn, VA

Located in eastern Loudoun County of Northern Virginia, Broadlands is a 1,500-acre master-planned community that combines modern living and active lifestyles within a natural environment with about 3862 residential units. The community is built along Stream Valley Park, a linear park system that runs throughout Broadlands. Numerous trails, wetlands, woodlands and parks are found throughout the community.  Home Owners’ Association operates the “Broadlands Nature Center” which provides nature-related programs for adults and children.

Broadlands was designed to appeal to people who are seeking to live in an a community with natural landscapes and habitats.  National Wildlife Federation’s Certification Program provides resources and guidance to continue with our efforts to maintain and improve the natural environment of the community. 

Becoming certified gives Broadlands a “distinctive” positive quality of lifestyle it provides to its residents.  Annual celebration of our certification has become the official Earth Day event of the Loudoun County which has been recognized by the State of Virginia.

Oya, Community Wildlife Habitat Team Leader, Broadlands 

South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association - Knoxville, TN

South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association is made up of approximately 625 homes, condos and apartments and is located in South Knoxville about 2 miles from downtown. South Knoxville has become a national destination for outdoor recreation and is becoming known for its unique Urban Wilderness. Like East Tennessee and South Knoxville, South Woodlawn is building a reputation as a place where the outdoors is celebrated

We wanted to become certified because many in our association appreciate wildlife and believe it would be a great opportunity to be the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in Tennessee. We have learned a great deal about how to provide for wildlife and have enjoyed sharing this information with others. Through events and door-to-door visitation we've had an opportunity to meet more of our neighbors and have been able to be involved with other groups, businesses, schools, and local leaders. We are delighted that so many people have gotten involved and excited to be a part of the process. 

An achievement we are particularly proud of is raising $32,750 in grant money to build an outdoor classroom at South Doyle Middle School, a school in our neighborhood. The classroom includes a stone amphitheater overlooking a creek bordered by mature trees and a meadow, as well as native plants and a water quality research area. We officially opened this classroom with a ribbon cutting on November 22nd. We were honored to have Tennessee State Senators and Representatives along with both our City and County Mayors and representatives from both County Commission and City Council. A great turnout even in the rain.

Debbie, Community Wildlife Habitat Team Leader, South Woodlawn


Brooklyn Centre Neighborhood - Cleveland, OH

Brooklyn Centre is a neighborhood of Cleveland located on a ridge above the Cuyahoga River and Big Creek Valleys. We have great views of downtown Cleveland as well as a ringside seat for watching a broad range of wildlife and migratory birds which call  our majestic Oaks, Beeches and Maples home. 

In 2008, a group of friends and neighbors decided to take advantage of the shared goals and values we had with the National Wildlife Federation. Our history of being the first settlement west of the Cuyahoga and our rich heritage gave us a great starting point for sharing and teaching others about how becoming a National Wildlife Community would enhance the place we live, work, and play.

We have not achieved certification yet, but we will be there shortly. We have collaborated with other organizations in our neighborhood to bring symposiums, native gardens, and educational programs to children and adults.  We use the goals matrix of NWF to organize, plan, and implement events and projects to make our community a beautiful and wildlife-friendly place.  We have partnered with the Association of American Zookeepers at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to create a Polar Plot that emphasizes how we are all interconnected. 

Gloria, Community Wildlife Habitat Team Leader, Brooklyn Centre


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