Louisiana Certified Habitat Program

Louisiana Certified Habitat Sign Friends of Hilltop Arboretum is administering
The Louisiana Certified Habitat Program
in Southcentral Louisiana


What you plant on your property matters!

Your property can be a model that inspires others. 

The Louisiana Native Plant Society (LNPS.org) and its chapters and partners invite Louisiana residents, businesses, schools, and public institutions to certify their outdoor space as native habitat, which requires plants native to our region. Native plants form the base of all habitat types and natural ecosystems. They provide food and shelter for native wildlife, including birds and pollinators.

Any Louisiana resident, school, organization or business may apply for bronze (25 species), silver (50 species) or gold (75 species) level and can be upgraded for free at any time. Any property size, from urban garden to rural acreage, is eligible. The application form has a convenient checklist of common native plants in Louisiana landscapes. The cost for certification and 9 x 12″ metal yard sign is $45. Current Hilltop members are eligible for a 10% discount ($40).

As a regional member of the Louisiana Native Plant Society, Hilltop administers LNPS’ Louisiana Certified Habitat program for these Southcentral Louisiana parishes: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Applying from another parish? Visit Louisiana Native Plant Society Certified Habitat Program.

How to apply:

Application steps and options are listed in the right-hand sidebar. Once your application and payment are received, a representative will contact you about the vetting process and may schedule a visit. If your space meets the criteria, your garden sign will be delivered. If not, your application fee will be returned. 

Together we are connecting habitats, one garden at a time.

Here is the current map of all LCH properties.

Louisiana Certified Habitat Program Brochure.

Application Details

1. Print, complete and return the application to hilltop@lsu.edu:


2. Pay the Application Fee
$40/Current Hilltop Member

Pay Application Fee


Mail a completed application and a check to:

Friends of Hilltop Arboretum
PO Box 82608
Baton Rouge, LA 70884

Questions? Call 225-767-6916 or email Hilltop@lsu.edu