Our Programs

Helping transform our communities into healthy places to live

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi -


Butterfly Highway Program

The Butterfly Highway is a statewide conservation initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land use change and agriculture. From backyard pollinator “pit stops” to large-scale roadside habitat restoration, this project aims to create a network of native flowering plants to support butterflies, bees, birds and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife. These green spaces and pollinator gardens will connect and thread throughout North Carolina to create The Butterfly Highway.


Wildlife Habitat Program

A comprehensive project of North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for homeowners that provides detailed guidance about lessening the impact of urban sprawl on wildlife by restoring elements of habitat in yards, schoolyards and gardens.


Education Program

Through conservation education, CAW offers three ways to positively impact our communities and its wildlife. We offer: 1) Habitat Stewards Training; 2) Speakers Series and 3) Wildlife Habitat Workshops.


Habitat Stewards Training

This specialized training program teaches the participant how to help others create and restore wildlife habitats in backyards, schoolyards and other private and public areas. It is a 36-hour hands-on educational experience. Training materials and instruction by local conservation professionals are offered free of charge to selected candidates through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Upon completion of the course, each steward must complete volunteer hours in the community within 1 year of graduation.


Speakers Series

Get inspired! Hear from local industry professionals as they discuss current conservation issues and programs. These presentations are held at our bi-monthly community meetings, which are free and open to the public.


Wildlife Habitat Workshops

Community members who are selected for the Certified Habitat Program, must attend a habitat workshop to be eligible to receive a free habitat setup. The workshops are free to members of the Community Alliance for Wildlife.

We are wild about Charlotte

Did you know . . .

Charlotte ranks third in the US in Certified Wildlife Habitats (849).               

- National Wildlife Federation (2015)

The city [Charlotte] achieved certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat.

- National Wildlife Federation (2015)

Charlotte honored as one of America's Top 10 Cities for Wildlife.

- National Wildlife Federation (2015)



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