Naturalization has numerous ecological, environmental, educational, and recreational benefits.
Naturalization initiatives bring a diversity of plant species which provide the variety of stems, leaves, branches, flowers and fruits needed to provide food and shelter for a range of birds, mammals, and insects.
Naturalization can improve air quality, reduce urban heat island effects, and mitigate stormwater runoff. It can also improve an ecosystem’s ability to cope with extreme weather events and pest outbreaks.
Naturalization fosters education about nature and develops ecological literacy. These benefits can be bolstered by partnering with local school groups.
Naturalization in parks provides opportunities for recreation in proximity to nature which promotes mental health and encourages a more diverse use of recreational space.