Backyard Habitat Certification Program


The Backyard Habitat Certification Program is a regional program that provides support and incentives for residents who seek to restore native habitat to their backyards.

Friends of Tryon Creek support restoration efforts for City of Lake Oswego residents, offering program members the opportunity to create natural habitat for wildlife, reduce their dependence on pesticides, promote native plants and successfully manage stormwater systems. Thriving backyard habitats extend the ecological benefits of Tryon Creek State Natural Area for wildlife, pollinators and all of our Lake Oswego and nearby neighbors.

Upcoming Events

Creating Backyard Habitat in Urban Spaces

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Tryon State Natural Area (Meet in the Classroom)

Join Gabe Sheoships, Education Director and Cindy Ellison, BHCP Site Technician, Friends of Tryon Creek, to learn about creating natural habitat in your own yard space for native flora and fauna.  Learn and consider the benefits of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which is conducted in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and the Columbia Land Trust, to support urban stewards and their efforts to create and enhance native habitats. This workshop will include an indoor presentation, discussion and native plant hike.

To RSVP for the free workshop, please email

The Lake Oswego Backyard Habitat Program is supported by the City of Lake Oswego and facilitated by  Friends of Tryon Creek, in collaboration with the Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust.


If you have any questions about this program, please contact our Backyard Habitat Program Coordinator.