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We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month.
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.
November - April (excluding December) meetings are indoors at the following time and location: WHEN: 1:00 pm, 2nd Saturdays, Nov - April, WHERE: South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters in Eagle.
May 11, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program --- Tour the woodland restoration at the home of Susan Bong
Sue Bong remembers the beauty of the maple woods from her childhood. This has spurred she and her family to restore the family’s woodland in Elkhorn. The woodland is about 20 acres - mostly old growth trees. The restoration has been ongoing for about ten years and many wildflowers have re-established themselves in the process. They have removed invasives and replanted some areas with native plants. Paths are well established and the walk will be about a mile and a half.
Jun 08, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of the prairie garden funded by Wild Ones and the savanna restoration at
Timber-lee Christian Camp
Visit Camp Timber-lee to see their restoration efforts to bring back oak savannahs and prairies, see their tools for prescribed burning, and enjoy the Kettle Moraine beauty in late spring! We will also see the prairie garden funded by a grant from the Wild Ones “Seeds for Education” Program. Emily Stahl, Director of the Science Center, will lead the tour. Emily has developed a Land Management plan for Timber-lee’s land and uses prescribed burns to manage the property. Meet by the main office/parking lot at 1p.m. for a 1 ½ hour tour and time for questions. The land is hilly, so be prepared to hike paths and traverse a good span of land.
Jul 13, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of 2 naturally-landscaped homes & library in Hartland
Vicki Piaskowski and Larry Hopwood’s 1.5-acre property had an existing prairie, small pond and small woodland when they purchased it in 2010. To make the land more bird-friendly, in 2011, they had the backyard landscaped with diverse types of native plants that benefit birds.
Long-time Wild One Mandy Ploch moved to her 1/4-acre subdivision site nine years ago. The 15-year-old home offered a blank slate of mundane plants in river rock "mulch". Now it's totally transformed into a private oasis of mostly native plants.
When the charming Town Hall Library expanded, landscape designer Mandy Ploch volunteered her services for the landscape master plan utilizing mainly native plants. The local high school ecology club planned and planted two rain gardens and the property is a certified Master Gardener project site.
Aug 10, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of Prairie Village in Whitewater
Chris Kaplan of Tallgrass Restoration will lead this tour of the native landscaping designed and implemented by his company at Prairie Village, a retirement community in Whitewater. The aim was to have a retirement community that surrounds residents with the natural beauty of native landscapes. Prairie Village received the 2009 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. The awards recognize the excellent work performed in restoring prairie, wetlands, ponds and oak forest.
Sep 14, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of pond, hummingbird garden & woodland restoration at the home of Anne Moretti.
Anne credits the naturalists at Retzer, and a talk by Lorrie Otto, for putting her on the path to restoring the family’s 3 acres of land in the South Kettle Moraine. She and her husband have removed most of the invasives, resulting in native flora emerging. Fifteen years ago, they added a water feature in order to attract birds to our otherwise dry woods, which thus far, has attracted 77 species of birds, including migrating warblers, thrushes, tanagers and orioles that might otherwise fly over. The sunny front yard is a haven for pollinators and hummingbirds.
Oct 12, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of wetlands, prairies & savannas at the home of Ron & Marti Martin
The Martin’s 5.5 acre property has a gently rolling terrain of wetlands, sand prairie,
mesic prairie, savanna communities, along with rain gardens and shelter belts. Their goal in restoring and managing their property is to provide for a high diversity of plants and animals, while greatly reducing the need for repetitive tasks of mowing, trimming, weeding and mulching. Structures for attracting wildlife include nest boxes, wildlife cribs, fox dens, and snake hibernacula. Ron Martin is owner of Midwest Prairies LLC.
Nov 09, 2013 (Sat)
Rainwater: Catch it Where it Falls and Slow the Flow by Mike Marek
From green rooftops and permeable driveways, rain barrels and rainwater harvesting systems, through bio-swales and rain gardens to the stream banks and shorelines, there's a way to mimic what nature always did well. Mike is the vice-president of Marek Landscaping, LLC, a Milwaukee based ecological restoration firm.
Dec 14, 2013 (Sat)
No program. Happy Holidays
Jan 11, 2014 (Sat)
Insects Up Close and Personal
Many of our closest insect neighbors are relatively unknown to us. Explore their remarkable abilities, odd adaptations and alien beauty through close-up portrait photos of Wisconsin insects. You’ll be surprised at what they are up to! Tom Kroeger, manager of Lakeshore State Park, the newest and most urban state park, will present this program. A long-time Milwaukee resident, Tom has had a lifetime fascination with all aspects of the natural world. The “Insects – Up Close and Personal “ presentation was inspired by the macrophotography of Victor Trapp, who shares his remarkable photos and love of insects with educators and students free of charge.
Feb 08, 2014 (Sat)
All About Monarchs - Their Life and Their Migration
Larry & Emily Scheunemann, who host monarch tagging events in the fall, will present this program. Monarch butterflies are known to everyone because of their bright colors, large size and phenomenal migration to Mexico. With photos taken by Larry, you will learn all about the Monarch butterfly. The difficulties that it faces today with climate change and habitat destruction will be discussed along with information on what we can do to help.
Mar 08, 2014 (Sat)
Trees & Shrubs of the Savanna
Connor Shaw, owner of Possibility Place Nursery in Monee, Illinois will present this program on woody plants of the savanna. The talk would include plant size, habit, flower time, winter interest, and fall color. It will cover soil preferences, shade tolerance, and soil moisture preferences. Additional information such as size to plant, depth of hole, time to plant and root considerations will be covered. Shaw’s nursery specializes in native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants indigenous to our area and has recently been using root-bag production, not common in the industry.
Apr 12, 2014 (Sat)
Creating a Native Woodland Garden
Molly Fifield Murray, from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, will show you how to use nature’s example to create beautiful, diverse gardens in shade, drawing upon species adapted to our area. We will cover plant choices, planting methods, soil characteristics and design. Molly Fifield Murray has been the Outreach and Education Manager at the Arboretum for 21 years. Trained in landscape restoration and native garden design by Darrel Morrison and Evelyn Howell she has taught about and designed native wildflower gardens as both an educator and design consultant.
May 10, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Woodlands at Home of Mary and Jim Qualler
This small woodland garden has been carefully established to mirror plantings on woodland sites a few miles away in Summit and in Wales. In this yard you will see hepatica, bloodroot, Dutchmen's breeches, rue anemone, bellwort, trillium, Jacob's ladder, wild geranium, and columbine and Virginia bluebells. They bloom in the sequence mentioned so depending on the weather, some plants will not be flowering. The backbone of this woodland garden is the wild geranium--filling in empty spots when possible. There are also great Solomon seals, which filled in when the buckthorn and garlic mustard were eradicated, and false Solomon's seal and mayapple. Native lady fern and ostrich fern are also visible.
Jun 14, 2014 (Sat)
UW Whitewater campus prairie
Jul 12, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Prairie and Savanna at the home of Jacki Lewis and Dick Adduci
Jacki (Lewis) and Dick (Adduci) live on a 35-acre parcel that they are actively restoring to prairie and oak savanna, with remnants of the original oak savanna and a corner on Jericho Creek in the Mukwonago River system. Two acres of open prairie was planted over 20 years ago, with sections of both mid- and tall-grass. About 10 acres of oak savanna restoration are well underway, with serious buckthorn removal begun on the remaining 20 acres, so it will be possible to see a variety of stages, and techniques, of the process.
Aug 09, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Native Gardens at the Home Kathleen Renowdan
When Kathleen moved to Delavan, she realized that her lot was perfect for a prairie garden in sunny areas, as well as a woodland edge garden in shadier spots. Within only a few years, she created a beautiful native landscape that attracted wide praise and was featured in the Walworth Sunday newspaper last summer. She continues to add new plants and expand her original gardens. She’ll share what she’s learned about which plants play well with others and which are "bullies", siting preferences, repositioning, and the challenges of trying to achieve the look of a mature garden in a short time.
Sep 06, 2014 (Sat)
Special Meeting: Monarch Tagging Program with Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Wild Ones members and Rock County Conservationists will gather at Larry and Emily Scheunemann’s home in Whitewater to tag Monarch Butterflies. A presentation will be given explaining the migration and why there is such a small population of butterflies presently. Adults and children alike will be able to participate in tagging Monarchs. The Scheuenmann’s have created a Monarch Wayside Station and have landscaped their 30- acre property to attract wildlife of all types. Due to the enthusiasm of last year’s participants, this event is being held again this year.
Sep 13, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Landscaping at the Home of Heidi and Daniel Natura
Heidi Natura is a landscape architect with an ecological focus and expertise in the application of native flora who has been practicing her profession in the Chicago region over the last 24 years. In 1999, she and her husband, Daniel, found a second home in Eagle where their family spends most of their weekends. They have been restoring prairie, oak-hickory savanna and woods that range from dry to wet in hydrology. The property has many small remnant plant communities that they are expanding upon. Invasive and other weedy species will dominate the ground plain for the foreseeable future, but a multi-year stewardship strategy helps to prioritize how time is spent to encourage native plant communities to re-establish and thrive. See this restoration in progress on this tour with Heidi.
Oct 11, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of the Palmyra Environmental Learning Center with “Prairie Bob”
At Palmyra Environmental Learning Center, you can explore restored short grass prairies, a cedar glade, a restored swamp, and ongoing projects like an oak opening and the understory/ground layer of a southern mesic hardwood forest. This is a site where K=8 students from southeastern Wisconsin can come and learn about many facets of the out-of-doors. “Prairie Bob” Ahrenhoerster, the lead naturalist at the center and the owner/operator of Prairie Seed Source nursery, will give this tour.
Nov 08, 2014 (Sat)
Native Restoration for Homeowners
Corrine Daniels, director of Applied Ecological Services, Brodhead, WI, will discuss planning, cost-control, implementation, plants versus seeds, species selection, and maintenance of native landscapes. The talk will focus on small-scale and mid-size (5-10 acre) restorations suitable for homeowners.
Watch this space for future events.
Wisconsin DNR - Native Plant Nurseries and Restoration Consultants in Wisconsin WebsiteNative Plant Nurseries: Applied Ecological Services, Inc./Taylor Creek Nursery – has prairie, woodland and wetland plants for use in restoration projects. They do ecological research and consulting, site design preparation, planting and management--including prescribed burns. Contact: Steve Apfelbaum, 17921 Smith Road, PO Box 256, Brodhead, WI 53520. (608) 897-8641. Fax: (608) 897-8486. Email WebSite Bluestem Farm Native Plants – S5920 Lehman Road, Baraboo, WI. 53913; Phone: 608-356-0179. Visit by appointment. Also at Madison’s Dane County Farmer’s Market. Murn Environmental, Inc. – is a source of native wetland and prairie seeds and plant stock. They also provide native landscaping, design and installation, and wetland delineation and assessment services. Contact: Tom Murn, 10045 W. State Rd, Beloit, WI 53511. (608) 728-1101. Email Prairie Seed Source – sells local southeast Wisconsin seed of more than 150 prairie and savanna species, including mixes suited to the soil moisture regime of your project. They can also give slide presentations and provide design and consultation services. Contact: Robert Ahrenhoerster, PO Box 83, North Lake, WI 53064-0083. (262) 673-7166. WebSite Reeseville Ridge Nursery – deals mainly with native trees and shrubs. Also specializes in custom propagation of woody plants. Contact: Darrell J. Kromm, PO Box 171, 309 South Main Street, Reeseville, WI 53579. (920) 927-3291. Retzer Nature Center – supplies native prairie, woodland and wetland plants and seeds for sites within 50 miles of Waukesha County. They specialize in prairie mixes and can provide technical assistance on restoration projects. Contact: Jerry Schwarzmeier, W284 S1530 Road DT, Waukesha, WI 53188. (262) 521-5407. Website The following are a little further in distance, so plant stock may not be as local: J.F. New & Associates – carries hundreds of varieties of prairie flowers, grasses, wetland flowers and seed. They also carry bare-root trees, wild shrubs and provide custom seed mixes upon request. Verona, Wisconsin, (608) 848-1789. Johnson's Nursery Inc. – are growers of a wide selection of balled and burlapped landscape plants. Their diverse selection includes many native trees, shrubs, and vines. Contact: Bill Reichenbach, W180 N6275, Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. (262) 252-4988. Fax: (262) 252-4495. Monches Farm – Prairie Plants, Ferns; 5690 Monches Rd., Town of Erin; WebSite (ad in WOJ) Northern Sunset Perennials – Nursery-grown native plants of the Midwest at garden centers in SE WI., Central WI. and N. Ill. WebSite Advertised in WOJ Consultants in Southeast Wisconsin: Midwest Prairies LLC, Milton WI. “Healing the land since 1993” Brush removal, weed control, native seeding, prescribed burning. Email Website 608-868-3169 Tallgrass Restoration, LTC – Milton, WI. (608) 531-1768. Lake Shore Cleaners – 4615 N. Richmond St., Appleton, WI. Phone: 920-749-7807; specializing in natural landscaping using native species; consulting, design, installation, maintenance. (Ad in WOJ) Landmark Landscape – W3923 County Rd O, Sheboygan Falls, WI. 53085 (920-467-6442); in WOJ; Design, Maintenance, Installation, Consulting
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