Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard
Wild Back Yards

Wild Back Yards

Discover the benefits of a Wild Back Yard!
Small changes at home can be big for wildlife.


Coming in 2023, Summit Metro Parks invites you to explore ways small differences at home can make a big impact for local wildlife.
Join us to receive more information about Wild Back Yards, with tips and useful guides for your back yard!


Humans are a part of nature, too. When the plant and animal communities around us are healthy, it helps us thrive as well. Wild Back Yards encourages our community to work together in providing habitat for our wildlife through the use of native plants to counteract the effects of habitat loss and habitat fragmentation. At Summit Metro Parks, we’re your back yard. And what you do in your yard can help us make an even bigger impact in sustainable management of natural resources and inspiring people to connect with nature.

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Join Summit Metro Parks for an educational program to learn more about Wild Back Yards! Programs vary by month and may cover gardening tips for home, plant ID, and more! Check our Programs & Events listing and look for the "Wild Back Yards" icon (pictured left).

naturalist programs


Find out whether your plants are native to the area! Any of the following identification tools may be helpful in your search:

USDA Plants Database
BONAP native plant checker 


native plant identification


Curious where to find native plants to put in your yard? You can't dig them up from the parks, but you can find them nearby! Below is a list of vendors that have met our criteria as trusted sources for native plants.  

See plant vendors

plant vendors