Want landscape design advice? Enter to win wildlife-friendly schematic designs customized for you and your neighbors by using YardMap to map as many yards as you can in your neighborhood.
If you win, we’ll bring in the experts to consult. Two winning groups of neighbors will have an opportunity to work with the Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture YardWorks Studio on their project. The student-professor team will get to know your properties inside and out, take a look at the surrounding landscape, and work with you to develop neighborhood-level habitat enhancement goals and plans. They will also work with landowners to develop schematic designs that illustrate opportunities for habitat enhancement in the yards of neighborhood participants.
Winning is simple. Between May 1, 2013 and June 25, 2013:
You'll need a total of at least 5 participating properties.
only complete maps count! see what makes a complete map »
To enter yards don't need to be 'touching;' they can be clustered together in many different ways, possibly including surrounding a common green space like a park or lake shore.
To participate in this contest you need to map within New York State, have an adult to represent each site, and be willing to work with Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture should your neighborhood win.
If you haven't already, go to yardmap.org and create an account. You'll need to get your neighbors to sign up there too!
Pick a name for your neigborhood group and create it within our yardmap community pages.
Find out how to create a group »
You and your neighbors will all have to map your yards on yardmap.org. Be sure everyone reads the Guidelines for a Complete and Full YardMap!
Make sure all the yards involved are linked on your group page. Find out how to get and share map links »
The group leader will have to fill out this form to complete your neighborhood's entry.
Go to the submission form »
Here are some resources to help you get the word out!