Mary Phillips has led the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ program since 2014,
helping people create habitat where they live, work, play, learn and worship. Garden for Wildlife is
the nation’s oldest and largest Backyard Habitat program spanning four decades and totals
approximately 217,000 Certified Wildlife Habitats® across North America and U.S. Embassies
worldwide. The program includes Community Wildlife Habitats®, Schoolyard Habitats, Sacred
Grounds™, universities, zoos, aquariums, public gardens and even sports stadiums installing
native plants to support pollinators and other wildlife.
Ms. Phillips also coordinates the National Wildlife Federation’s pollinator and monarch strategy
which includes co-founding the National Pollinator Garden Network and co-launching the Million
Pollinator Garden Challenge with over 50 national conservation, garden trade, and federal and
voluntary civics organizations. In addition, she launched and manages NWF’s Butterfly Heroes®
campaign funded by the Disney Conservation Fund which has recruited 150,000 participants
pledged and planting monarch pollinator gardens. She managed NWF’s 3 year MOU with the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service to “Save the Monarch” and is a member of the Monarch Joint Venture