Gardening For Wildlife Webinar – Beginning March 24th

Join New Jersey Audubon for this 8-session webinar series (and optional field trips) that provides a great foundation for how to make your space—no matter where you live—more inviting to wildlife. Gardening is a healthy outdoor activity and it makes a positive difference on your property and in our world.

Great spangled fritillary on coneflower

Your registration includes

• (8) 45-minute informational webinars with Q&A
Recorded and available for later viewing (registrants only)

• Up to three field trip experiences to learn side-by-side with NJ Audubon experts
• Educational Materials and Resources
• Access to webinar recordings
• Certificate of completion

COST: $150 existing NJ Audubon/CMBO members, $175 nonmembers

Monarch butterfly

NJ Audubon members receive special discounts on registration and select program tickets.  Not a member – join today.


March 24: Introduction

Instructor: Lindsay Gafford
Meet your program host! Get an overview of the lessons to come and receive course materials.

Small insect hotel

March 31: Gardening for Wildlife

Instructor: Kristin Hock
Discover the fundamentals of Gardening for Wildlife. Learn why it is so important to create wildlife habitat and what key elements must be present to certify your space.

April 7: Native Plants

Instructor: John Parke
What is a native plant and how do you choose the best option for your space? You’ll get New Jersey Audubon’s top native plant picks for wildlife, learn planting strategy, and get resources on where to purchase native plants.

Red chokeberry is one of the native species planted at Cape May Point State Park. Photo by Kristen Meistrell

April 14: Invasive Plants

Instructor: Steven Garcia
Learn all about invasive plants and how to manage them. Understand how to identify New Jersey’s most common invasive plants and the many tools you can use to manage them on your property.

Porcelain berry is a non-native invasive vines

April 21: Supplemental Feeders & Water Sources

Instructor: Kristin Hock
Which type of feeder and water source is right for your space? Learn about the different types, how to care for them, the kind of animals they attract, and how to optimize the placement in your outdoor space.

April 28: Supplemental Shelters & Places to Raise Young

Instructor: Kristin Hock
Shelter is a key component to any backyard habitat, as well as giving wildlife a place to raise young. Get an overview of different types of supplemental shelters and how to install them.

Wood Duck nest box

May 5: Designing Your Space Part 1

Instructor: Danielle Bara
Learn which native plants are appropriate for your space, when to plant with seeds, plugs, and potted plants, and where to source native plants.

Monarch caterpillar on Milkweed

May 12: Designing Your Space Part 2

Instructor: Gretchen Whitman
Put your new-found knowledge into action to plan an eco-friendly, wildlife-beneficial landscape based on the principles presented in this webinar series.

Dates TBD: Outdoor/In-Person Workshops

There will be 3 outdoor, in-person workshops lead by New Jersey Audubon staff members. For the convenience of participants, these workshops will take place on a weekend day and they will be held in various locations: north, central, and south New Jersey.