The Lourdes Life Lab was named a Certified Wildlife Habitat™ this past fall by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). As a Wildlife Habitat, the Life Lab's outdoor garden space is now part of a worldwide network of mini-refuges supporting plant and animal life while working to conserve natural resources.

"We are thrilled to be recognized for our outstanding operation and commitment to the environment and are so grateful to the many hardworking staff, volunteers and community partners who help us complete our mission," offers Sr. Rosine Sobczak, OSF, Director.

The Life Lab previously partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and was recognized as an outstanding project by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

In the Spirit of St. Francis, the Life Lab works to foster values-based environmental awareness in children and adults through a variety of community outreach activities.

The National Wildlife Federation began the Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program in 1973 and has certified more than 3,000 schools and community sites. To receive certification, a property must provide sustenance and shelter for wildlife and employ sustainable gardening practices.