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The first 2013 Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting will be held via webconference on January 19 at 9AM. The subject of the meeting will be general operations. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The second 2013 Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting will be held at a Wild Ones Chapter location on May 18 at 9AM. The subject of the meeting will be general operations. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The third 2013 Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting and the Wild Ones 2013 Annual Membership Meeting will be held on August 16-17, 2013 at the WILD Center in Neenah, Wisconsin. On Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, there will be a series of marketing workshops held specifically for chapter boards. All Wild Ones members are invited. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The 2013 Annual Wild Ones Photo Contest will also be held in conjunction with the Annual Wild Ones Membership Meeting. Go to for details. Entries are due August 3.
The fourth Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting will be held via webconference on November 9, 2013 at 9AM. The subject of the meeting will be general operations. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The Mountain Laurel Chapter of Wild Ones, sponsored by Connecticut College
Arboretum, meets the Second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am at the Olin Science
Center, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
Business meetings are held in the Olin Lounge from 10:00-10:45,followed by an educational program at 11:00. Visitors are welcome!
(If you enter the College campus from Route 32, Olin Science Center is the first building on your right.)
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Please Note: The location of Chapter meetings rotates through various sites within our membership area to facilitate easy access. In addition, Field Trips and also outside activities are in various locations. Therefore, always check the Calendar of Events for this month's location, day and time.General Contact Information:
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The Northern Kane County Chapter of Wild Ones typically meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at Christ The Lord Lutheran Church, Elgin, IL. During the Spring and Summer months there are tours of native plant specific locations (yards, parks, preserves, etc.) that are usually on Saturday mornings.
Sponsored by the Gibson Woods Chapter of Wild Ones, the Third Biennial Native Plant Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 25th at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville, IN from 7AM to 2PM.
Early registration discount end August 28th.
The Lexington Chapter meets on the first Thursday of every month for an educational program and to share some social time. During some months there are additional meetings. Visitors are always welcome. For information please contact our President, Beate Popkin.
Guided by the philosophy of Lorrie Otto . . .
“If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets, or forests, or combinations of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar.”
Monthly meetings are the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Bay de Noc Community College unless otherwise noted. Check the calendar for more information about monthly meetings and outings.
Please visit our chapter page for further details on upcoming field trips, meetings, and other events.
Feb 20, 2016 (Sat)
Dow Gardens Know and Grow Seminar This seminar is held at Bullock Creek High School from 8 am until 3 pm. The Mi-Mitten Chapter has a table display during this seminar. Volunteers are needed to man the table. If you would like to help for a couple of hours please contact Karol Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-Mitten Chapter will be meeting generally at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Dates and times of meetings will vary. Please go to Mid-Mitten Chapter Calendarwebpages for further information.
Apr 06, 2016 (Wed)
The Basics of Propagation
We will review the basics of plant propagation and then cover the specifics of some of our native plants. Learn how to increase your plants for your own garden or to share with family and friends as presented by Rob Maxwell, Mid-Mitten Chapter President. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held at the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI. This meeting is open to the public.
Apr 16, 2016 (Sat)
Midland Center for the Arts Earth Day
The theme for this year's event, sponsored by MCFTA, Midland Recyclers and the American Chemical Society, is The Great Indoors-The Home Ecosystem. Mid-Mitten will have a booth at this event again this year. Time of the event held at the MCFTA is 10 am until 3 pm. If anyone would like to help at the table display please contact Karol Walker at email@example.com
Apr 23, 2016 (Sat)
Chippewa Nature Center Earth Day
Mid-Mitten Chapter will assist with this event. If you are interested in helping please contact Karol Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be coming. The event is held at CNC, 400 S. Badour Rd., Midland
May 04, 2016 (Wed)
A Wildflower Big Year
Michael LeValley set out on a “Big Year” search to photograph as many wildflowers as he could find in one growing season in Mt. Pleasant’s park system. LeValley is the Education Coordinator for the Isabella Conservation District, a member of Chippewa Valley Audubon Society, and the Mid-Mitten Chapter of Wild Ones. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held at Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, 400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, Mi. This meeting is open to the public.
Jun 01, 2016 (Wed)
This meeting is held at the Little Forks Conservancy office, 105 Post Street in Midland. Andrea Foster, Conservation Outreach Coordinator for LFC, will guide us through the steps involved in planning, preparing the site, and planting a rain garden. We will see the rain garden created by LFC in 2015 as a demonstration of a native plant garden that serves three purposes: conserve water, grow beautiful native plants, and support biodiversity. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
Jul 06, 2016 (Wed)
Pine River Park on 7 Mile Rd
Join Randy Kursinsky, Mid-Mitten Chapter treasurer, for a hike at Pine River Park, a little known park owned by the city of Midland. The site has several shallow ponds and approximately a 1 mile loop trail built in the woods. Few, if any, invasive species are present. We will look for native wildflowers, plants and wildlife in the woods, meadows, and wetlands of this wetland mitigation property. This park also includes a Great Blue Heron rookery. The property is 1 mile south of Brooks Rd. on South 7 Mile Road, one mile west of Meridian Road. Attendees of the hike are invited to meet at 6:30 p.m. at Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, Mi, where everyone will carpool to the park or a CNC van will transport everyone, as parking is limited at the park. This meeting is open to the public.
Aug 03, 2016 (Wed)
Shrubs and Vines
Shrubs and vines comprise an important element of native ecosystems providing shelter and food for wildlife.. Learn identification tips with Interpretive Naturalist, Jeanne Henderson, on this outdoor walk through CNC property. Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center of Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, Mi. Walk begins at 6:30 p.m. This walk is open to the public.
Sep 07, 2016 (Wed)
Plant Walk at Pine Haven Recreation Area
Mid-Mitten members will lead a late summer plant walk at Pine Haven, 1490 W Maynard Rd, Sanford, MI. Meet at CNC at 6:15 PM to carpool over, or meet us at Pine Haven at 6:30. Sunset is at 8:00 PM.
Oct 01, 2016 (Sat)
Midland Green Network Eco Fair
This event, sponsored by Little Forks Conservancy, will be held at the Midland Farmers Market in downtown Midland near the Tridge. Mid-Mitten will have a table display. The event will be from 7 am until noon during the weekly farmers market event
Oct 05, 2016 (Wed)
Collecting Seeds of Wildflowers
Join in identifying seeds and collecting them at the home of Karol Walker, Mid-Mitten Chapter secretary. Karol has a yard of many, many kinds of native wildflowers, shrubs and trees. You can pick and choose which seeds you wish to gather. Need directions? Contact Karol at email@example.com. Please RSVP to Karol if you are coming. Meeting is held at Karol Walker’s home in Midland County beginning at 6 p.m. Want to get to know Mid-Mitten Chapter members? Join us for a potluck at Karol's home beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and join us for some good food and fellowship. Beverages and place settings are provided. Meeting is 1/2 hour earlier due to lighting change. Meeting is open to the public.
Nov 02, 2016 (Wed)
Membership Potluck and Annual Meeting and Election of 2017 Officers
The annual membership meeting is held at Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd., Midland. The potluck begins at 6:00 p.m. with the annual meeting beginning at 6:45 p.m. with a review of the year in photos, reports, and election of next year’s officers. Bring a dish to pass. Beverage and place settings are provided.
Free presentations are often held on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Business meetings for the chapter board, chairs, and members are often the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Please go to the events page for a complete list of events. You can also "Like" us on Facebook!
Monthly topic meetings are on the third Tuesday, unless otherwise noted, at the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, located just south of 66th Street between I-35W and Lyndale Avenue South (map). Free and open to the public.
Marilyn Jones, President, 612-724-8084,
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The Columbus Chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. Except for field trips, the chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at the Whetstone Library Community Room, 3909 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. THIS IS A NEW MEETING LOCATION. A complete listing of our programs and field trips is found by clicking on our website link above.
To The Whetstone Prairie Project started in 2004 and has continued to be a joint project between Columbus Recreation and Parks and Wild Ones Columbus: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, a non-profit community organization and its volunteers. Other local organizations,such as FLOW Friends of Olentangy Watershed and other local volunteers have also been involved in the project. Outside funding and support has been received from Keep Franklin County Beautiful, ODNR’s Wildlife Diversity & Endangered Species Program and Columbus Metro Parks. 5.1 acres of lowland along the Olentangy River was restored into native Ohio prairie with vernal pools and a woodland buffer. Since 2004 areas have been established which include prairie wildflowers and grasses native to Franklin County and Central Ohio, and portions of the prairie were seeded with Darby Plains prairie seed from Columbus Metro Parks. The long term plan is to increase the native biological diversity of the area and to use the site as a key educational and demonstration site. This includes walking trails, viewing stations, informational signage and an educational program. Starting in January 2015 Wild Ones Columbus will be offering educational tours after our monthly meetings for those that are interested in learning more about promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. We will be offering volunteers opportunities for others to learn, alongside our members, what it takes to maintain the Whetstone Prairie for generations to come. Whestrone Park is part of COLUMBUS GREEN WALKS.
DIRECTIONS:Whestone Prairie is located in Whetstone Park- Go right out of the library parking lot and follow the park entry road to the lower parking lot. Turn left at the open picnic houses and park as close to the turnaround as possible. The prairie is located over the footbridge to the left. Approaching from the north you will see the entrance to the main walking path and our prairie.
For monthly up dates and changes to meeting locations, please check. Columbus Chapter Wild Ones
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NEW Columbus Chapter Newsletter,"Nature Scoop" written by Toni Stahl,Ambassador for National Wildlife Federation Backyard Certification Habitat. The newsletter is forwarded to members monthly. Visit Toni's web-site NWF Backyard Ohio
Barbara K.Velez Barbosa,President
Bonnie Welty,Vice President
Sue McCall,Membership Chair
Luanne Hendricks,Way & Means Chair
Roseann Stoehr,Program Committee Chair
Karen Martens,Website Coordinator
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Barbara Kay Velez Barbosa,President
For additional program infomation please contact Barbara Kay Velez Barbosa,President
For more information, contact Chris McCullough at 513-860-4959 or email Chris.
Go to the chapter website to learn more about the Central Wisconsin Chapter and our activities.
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We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Our May - October meetings will be a variety of field trips, conducted outdoors at different locations each month. Check our Calendar of Events for more details.
The November - April (excluding December) meetings are indoors at the following time and location: WHEN: 10:00 am, 2nd Saturdays, WHERE: South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, at S91W39091 Highway 59, one mile west of Eagle, WI.
Jan 09, 2016 (Sat)
January. 9: Ignored Ecology
There are the common natives, and then there are the uncommon natives, and THEN there are the natives almost no one knows at all! This presentation focuses on obscure, rare or underused Wisconsin native plants (and even a few critters!) and how you might be able to incorporate them into your landscape or wild area, or at the very least familiarize yourself with their existence. Ben French, Propagator at Johnson’s Nursery, will present this program.
Feb 13, 2016 (Sat)
February. 13: Propagating Plants by Divisions, Cuttings, and Grafts
Darrel Kromm of Reeseville Ridge Nursery will discuss and demonstrate various methods of propagation both with pictures and live projects, including methods useful to a home and landowner to increase their favorite plants. Learn how to process cuttings, divide some plants, and practice grafting on a pine or spruce.
Mar 12, 2016 (Sat)
March 12: Conservation and Restoration in the Southern Kettle Moraine
Dan Carter, Principal Specialist-Biologist at SEWRPC will discuss the diversity of natural community types in the southern Kettle Moraine. This will include discussion of the historical landscape, how it has changed, and efforts to restore it. His presentation will also discuss how people can use their properties to bolster the ecological integrity of the broader landscape, whether it be by restoring or reconstructing a native plant community or landscaping with native plants.
Apr 09, 2016 (Sat)
April 9: What You Can Do For Pollinators: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat
--- Alert --- program location has been changed to the Mukwonago Library.
Learn about the types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles, including providing food, water and nesting habitat. The top native plant species for pollinators will also be discussed. Presented by Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants, Attract, Observe & Identify Pollinators & Beneficial Insects with Native Plants (2014, Pollinator Press, Minnetonka)
May 14, 2016 (Sat)
May 14: Field trip to Paintbrush Prairie in South Kettle Moraine State Forest
Enjoy the beautiful spring flora display in this wet-mesic prairie, including Lady’s Slipper Orchids, Shooting Stars, Puccoon, Wood Betony, Yellow Star-grass, Prairie Blue-eyed Grass, Golden Alexander, Ragwort and Yellow Paintbrush, guided by staff from the South Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Jun 11, 2016 (Sat)
June 11: Tour of the property of Steve Shearer & Judi Heinz in Eagle and the adjacent Eagle Centre Prairie
The Eagle Centre Prairie is a state natural area, featuring a remnant prairie and bur oak savanna. Steve and Judi are restoring their property, adjacent to the Eagle Centre Prairie, with the help of Chris Mann of Kettle Moraine Land Stewards. The highlight of the day will be the beautiful displays of Wild Lupine. This tour will be co-led by Chris Mann & Chapter President, Mariette Nowak.
Jul 09, 2016 (Sat)
July 9: Tour of Mike and Elaine Khan’s property
The Khans’ will give a tour of their yard and the ongoing discovery of a remnant prairie on the hillside behind their home. Mike says this restoration is the manifestation of the education, guidance and encouragement given by Mariette Nowak and the continued support from fellow members of the Wild Ones. The most stunning thing about their property is that the prairie and native plants were always there, just hidden by invasives, and that all the neighbors have joined in this effort. It is very encouraging and the Khans’ will be proud to show it off
Aug 13, 2016 (Sat)
August 13: Tour the property of Paul Francis on Lulu Lake.
The restoration of prairie and savanna on the Francis property has been a labor of love for 42 years. The work has been closely coordinated with The Nature Conservancy, which manages the nearby Lulu Lake Preserve. Bird and frog surveys have been conducted regularly on the site. Chris Mann of Kettle Moraine Land Stewards, who helps manage the property, and Chapter President Mariette Nowak will co-lead this tour. Paul has invited Wild Ones members to enjoy a bag lunch and boating on the premises after the tour. A few kayaks and a canoe are available or bring your own.
Sep 10, 2016 (Sat)
September 10: Tour of the property of Jack and Marcia Boeing in East Troy.
The 170-acre property is part of the Pickerel Lake fen and has many diverse areas. Restoration of the natural prairie and savannah habitat has been a multi-year effort. Rare plant and water species abound. The featured species will be the beautiful Fringed Gentian. Time permitting, we will also visit to the Scuppernong Nature Trail to see Gentians along the marl ponds. This tour will be co-led by Chris Mann of Kettle Moraine Land Stewards, who helps manage the property, and Chapter President Mariette Nowak.
Oct 08, 2016 (Sat)
October 8: Tour of the property of Tom and Terri Sorensen in Eagle.
The Sorensen property once was a woodland with some shade-loving native herbaceous plants that were originally on site, plus others they had planted. They also had more traditional types of gardens planted both for enjoyment and to cope with their hilly property. After the Eagle tornado of 2010, very few trees remained and their once- shady yard was now sunny. As they repaired the damage, the Sorensen’s planted many trees to regain some shade for the future, but also started working with their new sunny environment. To do so, they applied what they learned about landscaping with native plants from Mariette’s book, Birdscaping in the Midwest and from Prairie Nursery, Retzer Nature Center, and assorted other resources.
Nov 12, 2016 (Sat)
November 12: The Scoop on Nativars, Cultivars of Native Plants
What is a nativar and what makes it different than a true native plant? How do nativars affect genetic diversity? What about other concerns regarding nativars such as affects on pollinators and other wildlife, invasiveness potential, response to climate change, maintenance costs, and the potential to increase allergies? These and other questions will be discussed in this talk, as well as relevant research that has begun to investigate these concerns. Mariette Nowak, who was the co-chair of the Wild Ones committee on nativars, will present this program.There are the common natives, and then there are the uncommon natives, and THEN there are the natives almost no one knows at all! This presentation focuses on obscure, rare or underused Wisconsin native plants (and even a few critters!) and how you might be able to incorporate them into your landscape or wild area, or at the very least familiarize yourself with their existence. Ben French, Propagator at Johnson’s Nursery, will present this program.
Mar 16, 2016 (Wed)
Joint program with the UW Arboretum Photography Club, at the Arb. 7 to 8:45 pm. Program on Goose Pond, by its managers from Madison Audubon
Apr 20, 2016 (Wed)
Program at Good Oak Ecological Services, Pflaum Road. 7 pm to 8:45 pm
Meetings are usually the first Saturday of each month 10:00-11:30 a.m. The location depends on what we have scheduled: field trip, speaker or service project. Sometimes we go somewhere for lunch afterwards!
Contact Chris Russin for details before the meeting if you have not received an email update.
If anyone is interested in attending a meeting please call or Email us. We would be happy to have you join us.
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