NDAL Offering Summer Virtual Learning Sessions Discounted for Wild Ones Members

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Wild Ones is sponsoring a series of online learning courses in conjunction with New Directions in American Landscape (NDAL) as a part of their “Broadening Our Landscape Vision: Ecology, Culture, and Art A Virtual Education Series.” This is a great opportunity to learn about ecologically sound landscaping right from your own home! Plus, Wild Ones members receive a discounted price ($28 instead of $35) on the following courses:

  • Historical Ecology with Michael Gaige
  • Close Encounters with Larry Weaner
  • Organic Landscaping with Mike Nadeau
  • Native Meadows with Larry Weaner
  • “Like Painting a Picture” with Abra Lee

To learn more about the webinars, please see NDAL’s brochure. To register online, visit: https://learning.ndal.org/collections. The coupon code to use at the time of registration is wildonesmember.

Wild Ones and Two Thirds for the Birds unite to promote native landscaping

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The staff and National Board of Directors of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd. are thrilled to announce that Wild Ones National is now allied with Two Thirds for the Birds to promote the use of native plants in landscapes.

Two Thirds for the Birds is an initiative founded by Edwina von Gal, a renowned landscape designer, founder of the Perfect Earth Project, and longtime Wild Ones member. She has pioneered environmentally sensitive landscaping since 1984. Her clients and collaborators include many accomplished celebrities, such as Cindy Sherman, Ina Garten, Calvin Klein, Maya Lin, and Frank Gehry.

Two Thirds’ mission is to restore dwindling bird populations, which it advances by educating and encouraging gardeners and landscapers to use at least 70% native plants in their gardens while avoiding pesticides. These are perfectly aligned with Wild Ones’ mission and activities, according to Wild Ones National Board President Sally Wencel. “Alliances like those between Two Thirds and Wild Ones strengthen their conservation efforts and help spread the message of planting native,” said Wencel.

Two Thirds has an illustrious group of advisers recruited by von Gal, including John Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Elijah Goodwin, ecological database coordinator for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; Carl Safina, founder of The Safina Center; Evan Abramson, principal with Landscape Interactions; and Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware professor, entomologist, author, and Wild Ones honorary director.

In addition, Two Thirds also has an impressive group of allies, again recruited by von Gal, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Native Land Trust, the Garden Conservancy, the Homegrown National Park, the Sarafina Center, the Perfect Earth Project, the Conway School, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, the Aspetuck Land Trust, the Pollinator Pathway Project, and the Perfect Earth Project.

“Wild Ones National is honored to be allied with Two Thirds, Two Thirds’ amazing team of advisers, its other allies, and most of all, Edwina von Gal. This alliance will accelerate our goal to heal and save the earth, one yard at a time,” said Wild Ones Executive Director, Jennifer Ainsworth.

Wild Ones members can further increase the efforts of the alliance by adding their names to Two Thirds list of individual supporters. To do so, please visit Two Thirds website at www.234birds.org and click on The List.

Wild Ones is currently hiring for two critical positions

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Wild Ones National Office is actively recruiting two critical roles to the organization!


Membership Coordinator: responsible for supporting Wild Ones members and donors by maintaining membership records, renewal systems, membership communications, membership benefits and membership program activities.

Chapter Liaison: responsible for the development and operations of Wild Ones chapters to best serve members within a chapter, members of the chapter’s community and the chapters ability to deliver on Wild Ones’ mission.

Email cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please put the position title in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until May 15th! Please share these roles with anyone that you think would make a great candidate!

Lena Song Receives Wild Ones Environmental Sponsorship Award

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Please join us in congratulating Lena Song, a student at Oakton High School, Vienna, Virginia, as the recipient of the 2021 One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest “Wild Ones Environmental Sponsorship Award” for her stop motion film “A Home For Us All!”

Lena’s use of origami, stop motion, and her conceptual design are technically brilliant and artistically gorgeous! Equally important, her film’s story and message are positive, crystal clear and spot-on with Wild Ones mission to promote the use of native plants in residential, government, and commercial landscapes.

Wild Ones is so very proud to present this award to Lena for her deserving film! The award includes a $400 prize. Only 10 prizes were awarded for this year’s contest.

Learn more about the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest here.

Meet the designers who created our Minneapolis and St. Louis native garden designs!

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Wild Ones recently introduced seven beautiful, professional, ecoregion specific, free, native garden designs including for the regions of Minneapolis and St. Louis at nativegardendesigns.wildones.org.

We want to share with you how the designers of the Minneapolis plan (Carmen Simonet) and St. Louis plan (Susie Van de Riet) each approached this project and invite you to join us for a free online “Meet the Designers” event on Wednesday, April 7th, 6-7p.m. CDT / 7-9 p.m. EST.

If you need support in your first native garden effort, become a Wild Ones member and connect with a local chapter near you!