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National Wildlife Federation Certifies New Wildlife Habitat at Piney Woods Elementary School

For Immediate Release – January 10, 2022



National Wildlife Federation Certifies New Wildlife Habitat at Piney Woods Elementary School

IRMO – The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased that Piney Woods Elementary School has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. In addition, Piney Woods Elementary School’s habitat has been co-certified with NWF’s state affiliate, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation.


“Piney Woods Elementary has partnered with the SC Wildlife Federation, Audubon Society, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to develop and create a campus focused on conservation work,” said principal Cassy Paschal. “The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are currently building bird boxes for local birds such as bluebirds and Carolina Wren as well as informational signs about the various species to help educate our students and community. These opportunities help give back to our community, environment and students. Our students at Piney Woods Elementary are able to learn about science in real time with hands-on experience while also embracing our school mascot, the Purple Martin.”


Every Certified Wildlife Habitat® provides food, water, cover and places to raise young. Yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes can all be certified as wildlife sanctuaries.


“Over the last 40 years, more than 200,000 wildlife gardeners have joined NWF’s Garden for Wildlife movement and these individuals have helped restore wildlife habitat right in their own yards and neighborhoods,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. “Whether you garden in a suburban yard, an apartment balcony or a 10-acre farm, a schoolyard or a business park, everyone can create a home for local wildlife. Turning your space into a Certified Wildlife Habitat is fun, easy, and makes a real difference for neighborhood wildlife.”


Many of NWF’s state affiliate organizations are partners in the Certified Wildlife Habitat® program. Habitats in partnering states have national and state certification, including Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, and Wyoming.


With nearly 200,000 locations and growing, NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitats and Community Wildlife Habitats recognize individuals, schools, groups and whole communities committed to providing habitat for wildlife, including pollinators. For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit