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Wild Back Yards

Grow a Wild Back Yard

About the Grow a Wild Back Yard Program

Help wildlife and earn rewards from the comfort of your own home! We can help wildlife thrive with small actions in our own back yards or adopted gardens. Download a form below and track your progress with simple checklists and tips from SMP experts.

HOW To Participate

1. Sign up and download a checklist form below.

2. Explore the participation form: there are four levels from which to choose. Find which level is right for you. *Please remember to implement any Wild Back Yards steps wihtin the bounds of your municipality or HOA rules.

3. Keep track of your progress throughout the year on your form.

4. When you’ve completed all required steps, return the form to receive your rewards (see below for details).

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Program Focus Areas






Together, we can make a big impact! Share this program with a friend and show us your progress as you “Grow a Wild Back Yard.”
Install a free Wild Back Yards sign (available for pick-up at nature centers and the SMP administrative office)

Attend a free Wild Back Yards naturalist program

Track and post wildlife visitors on our Wild Back Yards iNaturalist inventory

Sign up for SMP volunteer information

Consider a donation to the SMP Foundation’s Conservation Fund
See our program form for the full list of ways to spread the word!

Get Rewarded

Receive Your Rewards

Rewards are free for Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay $10 for their Wild Back Yards rewards. Please note, all reward levels are available on a one-per-household basis. 
Turn in your form and receive your rewards at the park district's administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron 44313) during regular business hours.

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