. . . promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.
CORE VALUES . . . click to read more
VISION FOR OUR FUTURE . . . click to read more
To become the most widely recognized voice for native plants and the sustainable landscaping movement, promoting increased use of native plantings that create living landscapes through grassroots efforts by example, education, marketing, and personalized support.
- We will raise public awareness regarding the benefits that native plants, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses, offer in a variety of settings so landscaping with native plants becomes the norm rather than the exception.
- We will convince the general public that including native plants in home and public landscapes is aesthetically pleasing and healthier for our environment, and that reducing unnecessary turf grass reduces storm-water runoff and unnecessary use of water, fuel, and lawn chemicals.
- We will see the use of native plants extend into an increasing number of areas where plants touch the soil – applications such as agriculture (pollinator support) and public places.
- We will join forces with others to preserve native plants and biodiversity from loss due to development and other forces, including displacement by non-native invasive plants.
- Widely recognized: Means getting our name and what we do in front of the general public over and over until it is as commonly understood as “Audubon Society = Birds.”
- Leading voice: Means that we are the group most people think of first when they need information, advice, or support on the “how to” or benefits of landscaping with native plants.
- Join forces: When it comes to preserving native plants from loss due to habitat destruction and other related causes we will collaborate with other groups who take on such efforts as their primary mission to lend our support. We understand that the survival of native plants in the long term may depend on these efforts. However, Wild Ones’ core focus will be to support native-plant community restoration through education.
Elaine was promoted from marketing and membership manager to this new role effective March 1, 2018. In her new position, Elaine will manage the national office and staff. This includes marketing, mission-related programs, the facility and grounds, compliance, office operations, technology, training, and the Wild Store. Elaine’s background includes a master’s degree in marketing and management and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics, both from the University of Arizona.
Janet is responsible for providing membership reports, maintaining social media, and serving as the first point of contact for chapter customer service. In partnership with the National Director, Janet provides the organization with insight and support for the Wild Ones brand, technology, training, and marketing initiatives. Janet holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in fine arts, including visual communications design and strategic messaging.
Kristen is our Office Specialist. She keeps the membership database updated, answers questions from and communicates with members and the public, and is responsible for our bookkeeping and reconciliation processes. Kristen has a strong background in accounting, customer service, and office administration.
Nate Stigen, who is completing his final class at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is our Market Research Intern, working in the office 20 hours a week. He is working on information related to the decline of insects and how native plants can help, and Citizen Science program research.
Justin Krizenesky, has one year left at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and is our Research Assistant. He spends 10 hours a week investigating ways we can better celebrate our members, donors, and partners and thank them for making Wild Ones’ work possible. He will also be working on expanding our business partners.
TN, thru 2022, Finance, MBA, biology degree
NY, thru 2022, Native perennial nursery owner; speaker
OH, thru 2020, Naturalist; environmental programs dir.
WV-PAL, thru 2022, Horticulturalist, landscape designer
MT-PAL, thru 2020, NFP, leadership
PA, thru 2020, Head of Cont. Ed., Longwood Gardens
MT-PAL, thru 2020, NFP, IT, marketing, accounting
WI, thru 2020, Teacher (retired); former Chapter Pres.
IL, thru 2022, Marketing, PR, advocacy, market research
MN, thru 2022, NFP, fundraising, financials, former ED
TN, thru 2022, JD, CEO, counsel for membership.org
HONORARY DIRECTORS . . . click to read more
Wild Ones® honors and recognizes individuals respected and known for their expertise in fields such as native plants, pollinators, education, climate change, or conservation, whose work
- makes outstanding contributions in the environmental and/or native plant and natural landscaping,
- provides scientific information important to furthering the public’s understanding of our interdependent ecosystem,
- furthers Wild Ones’ goals of promoting the importance of native plants and restoration of local plant communities and ecosystems, and
- advocates for Wild Ones and will help influence others and add to the organization’s credibility.
Lifetime Honorary Directors
Honorary Directors, 2015 – 2019
- Karen Oberhauser – see bio . . .
- Stephen Packard – see bio . . .
- Orley R. “Chip” Taylor – see bio . . .
- Catherine Zimmerman – see bio . . .
Honorary Directors, 2018 – 2022
- Donna VanBuecken – see bio . . .
Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd. is a nonprofit, environmental education and advocacy corporation registered in the State of Wisconsin.
- We are a 501(c)(3) organization, registered under Tax ID# 39-1695443.
- All membership dues and donations are 100% tax deductible to the extent of the law.
- Our Executive Committee is made up of the national officers — President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President — and the Executive Director.
- Except for the Executive Director, all members of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and chair people are volunteers. Each person brings their own unique expertise to our organization for the purpose of implementing the Board’s directives and guiding chapter operations.
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