Wild Ones Introduces Free, Native Garden Designs

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Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd., is proud to introduce seven professionally-designed, native garden plans free for the public to use specific to the ecoregions of Chattanooga, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Tallahassee and Toledo. An eighth design for Boston is coming soon. The designs can be downloaded from Wild Ones’ newly launched nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website.

The designs were created with the premise that using native plants in landscaping can be beautiful, promote wildlife, and be achievable for gardeners of all skillsets in terms of scope and budget.  Additionally, the garden designs allow gardeners to take an incremental approach in developing their plan, adding new areas and native plant species as time and funds permit.

Each garden design includes a variety of beautiful, region-specific native plants which can be downloaded and easily printed for quick reference while selecting plants at a local nursery. The nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website also features a list of nationwide nurseries that are great sources for obtaining native plants.

In addition to the native garden designs, Wild Ones also recently published a “Native Garden Design Guide” both in print and in digital format full of useful planting information to help first time native gardeners in any region of the country get started.

Wild Ones Honorary Director Doug Tallamy, author of “Nature’s Best Hope” shares that one of the big mistakes in our approach to conservation is the idea that “nature” is something set aside in preserves and parks, something separate from our daily lives that we go to visit. He stresses that “we can no longer leave conservation to the conservationists.” Native plant gardens in our own backyards are our best hope for saving our environment.

The garden designs, nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website and the Native Garden Design guide were supported by a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.  

Wild Ones Executive Director Jen Ainsworth explained, “We hope these resources inspire, encourage and motivate individuals throughout the United States in their native garden journeys. Native gardening not only provides beauty and respite in our personal spaces but is a critical part of restoring natural landscapes and wildlife habitats.”

Home Gardeners & Educator NDAL Webinars

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Wild Ones is sponsoring a series of ten Home Gardeners & Educators webinars in conjunction with New Directions in American Landscape (NDAL). There are two FREE webinars! And, Wild Ones members will receive a discounted price on two webinars. Members will pay $28 instead of $38!

This virtual series features interviews where Larry Weaner, founder of NDAL, compares notes with iconic practitioners Piet Oudolf, Gerould Wilhelm, Charles Birnbaum, and Darrel Morrison. This is a great opportunity to learn about ecologically sound landscaping right from your own home!

Two FREE webinars and two discounted webinars from $38 to $28 for Wild Ones members only! To receive the discount use code: member20.

To learn more about the webinars please view this document: https://ndal.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021_NDAL-Winter-Home-Gardener-Programs-Brochure_final-2.pdf.

To register online, visit: https://learning.ndal.org/collections.

Please note that, while very worth attending, the discount does not apply to the Prairie-side chats.

Wild Ones Hires New Administrative Assistant Hired

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Rachel Checolinski joined Wild Ones as a part-time staff member in December, 2020. Rachel is responsible for providing administrative support to Wild Ones national staff.

She has over 7 years of administrative assistant experience in a wide range of fields. She has also provided mentorship to students and women in volunteer roles in agencies in her local community.

Rachel is passionate about education and is excited to work for an organization with a mission focused on education and awareness about native gardening and healing the environment. She looks forward to learning about Wild Ones and getting to know members.

Wild Ones is Hiring for a PT Admin Assistant

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Position Description – Wild Ones Administrative Assistant

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(Part-Time 20-30 hours per week) 

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a national nonprofit environmental organization with 60 chapters in 20 states. Our mission is to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices that protect biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. We have a small national office that supports the work of members and chapters and leads the organization in planning, advocacy, and policy guidance. 

Overview:  Wild Ones is look for an Administrative Assistant who can provide support the national staff by preforming a wide range of clerical and administrative tasks at the national office known as the WILD Center  



  • Provides exceptional customer service and assistance to visitors to the WILD Center  
  • Answer, screen and direct calls and emails to the appropriate Wild Ones staff member.  
  • Communicate with vendors to schedule maintenance for contracted services such as snow removal, lawn maintenance, facility cleaning and ad-hoc services as needed.  
  • Processing incoming invoices and bills to be approved by the Executive Director  
  • Processing member payments and accurately updating membership profiles in the membership database and accounting system. 
  • Scheduling both virtual and in person meetings and meeting reminders as directed by the Executive Director  
  • Support hosts in virtual meetings by coordinating participants, monitoring chat boxes, compiling survey results and taking notes as needed  
  • Order and manage inventory of supplies and stock items for the WILD Center, Wild Ones Members and Chapters  
  • Maintains both physical and digital document storage systems  
  • Provide prepared reports, presentations, and professional documents for the organization  
  • Send organizational emails to members and chapters as directed by the Executive Director  
  • Prepare and send emails to members as directed by the Executive Director  
  • Research supplemental content such as photos, articles, blogs for social media postings  
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director 



  • High school diploma or equivalent required 


  • At least 1 year of experience in preforming administrative duties in an office setting 
  • At least 1 year experiencing using SharePoint document management and storage 
  • Experience in bookkeeping is a plus  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

  • Must have (or willing to obtain) a stable internet connection  
  • Must have (or willing to obtain) a computer to complete remote work  
  • Must have at least an intermediate proficiency with video conferencing software 
  • Must have at least an intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Access 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and verbal skills  
  • Accurate and proficient in data entry  
  • Knowledge of Native Plants is a plus  
  • Ability to balance competing priorities 
  • Ability to work independently 

We do not expect our ideal candidate to possess all of the above requirements. We are looking for someone with a positive attitude who is quick learner and willing to do whatever is needed to support Wild Ones administrative needs.  

Hours, Salary and Benefits


$15.00 Per Hour  

Hours and Location  

Wild Ones national staff are currently working a mix of in office hours and remote hours due to COVID-19. When it is safe to do so the national staff with return to a regular work location at the Wild Center Monday- Friday between 8am  4pm 

Location: Wild Center, 2285 Butte des Morts Beach Road, Neenah, WI 54956 


  • Paid Time Off Benefits 
  • Ability to purchase Aflac insurance products
  • Eligible for SIMPLE IRA Retirement plan after minimum employment requirements are met; up to 3% company match. 

To apply  

Email cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please put “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line.  


Annual Member Meeting Recording Available

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The Wild Ones Annual Member Meeting was held virtually last Saturday, September 19th. If you didn’t get a chance to join us live, a video recording of the meeting is available now on the Member’s website. Meet the Wild Ones Board of Directors and staff, preview the new professionally designed residential native garden plans funded by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust grant, and learn how Wild Ones is growing.