The N2N Program emulates other successful programs, utilizes existing information, expertise, and tools from several local and regional resources, and provides internet-based information.
Once approved, participants begin the transformation of their landscapes using the sustainability principles and partner information they learn. By following the Certification Guide – and carefully documenting all their actions – a participant’s landscape is ready for its formal evaluation by the SDRVC. When a yard is certified as a “Next to Nature Landscape,” participants will receive an acknowledgement certificate and a yard sign announcing the accomplishment. After all, it sets a great example for neighbors, who will want to learn more about the N2N Program. And when their neighbors, and other neighbors, create sustainable eco-beneficial landscapes, an interconnected pathway of quality habitat develops that improves the quality of life of everyone.
To get started, review our three, online forms.
Browse the Homeowner’s Guide for things you can do to make your property more nature-friendly. The guide is divided into categories and includes a “Top 10 Most Beneficial Actions” list of steps that provide the greatest environmental benefits.
Fill out the N2N Interest Form to identify your interests, goals and basic information about your property.
Once your project is done, fill out and submit the N2N Completion Form. An evaluator will contact you to confirm the work is done and arrange to send a sign to place in your yard.