Annual Meeting

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Saturday, Sept. 19, Wild Ones Annual Membership Meeting, 10:00 am CST

Join us to celebrate Lorrie Otto’s 101 birthday! 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. We are asking members to send their birthday wishes in the Zoom chat box in honor of Lorrie’s birthday.

To attend the Annual Meeting, email [email protected] to be sent the Zoom link.

Zoom Tips

Many of you are using Zoom to attend Wild Ones chapter meetings. Chapters leaders will receive a simplified Zoom Scheduling Guide. This will resolve the meeting overlap issue a few chapters have experienced. We want to improve your experience while using Zoom. Check out the attached Tip Sheet for attendees. If you experience any problems or have additional questions, please email [email protected].

Zoom Tips for Meeting Attendees

Plan It Native Educational Conference Opportunity

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Wild Ones members, we welcome you to check out this educational conference opportunity!

Deep Root’s KC’s upcoming Plan It Native virtual conference will be held September 16th, 17th and 18th and will offer in-depth sessions with regional and national experts in native landscapes including three half-days of valuable information for land managers and gardeners at all scales.

Don’t miss sessions on: selecting plants for pollinator health, gardening for winter beauty and wildlife, principles for improving soil health, seeding and maintaining prairie plantings, green infrastructure and more! View the schedule.

Online registration is open now for Plan It Native at Registration is $95/person. Discounted student registration is $50/person. If you cannot join live, recordings will be available to registered attendees for up to one year following the event.

Fall Honorary Director Webinar

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 “The Bombus Among Us – Bumble Bee Basics” webinar with Heather Holm

You and a guest are invited to the fall Wild Ones Honorary Director webinar “The Bombus Among Us – Bumble Bee Basics” by Biologist, Heather Holm, an award-winning author. Join us on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 pm CST/7:30 pm EST. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up for this free program soon!

Heather is the author of “Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide” and “Pollinators of Native Plants,” and is the vice president of the Prairie Edge Chapter (MN). In her program, about these charismatic pollinators, she will illustrate the bumble bee life cycle through the growing season and the importance of selecting the right native plants to meet the nutritional needs of the queens, workers, and males. Learn more about their habitat, the impacts on populations from climate change and common upper Midwestern and Eastern bumble bee species. She will also feature rare species in decline, including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee.

Use this link to register for this Zoom presentation through Eventbrite: click here 

Wild Ones Journal Wins APEX Award!

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Wild Ones Journal Wins APEX Award

The Wild Ones Journal just won a 2020 APEX Award for Publication Excellence! This is an annual competition for corporate and nonprofit publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, web, electronic, and social media. Winners were selected from 1,183 entries in 12 major categories. (The Journal‘s award is in the “Magazines, Journals, & Tabloids-Green” category.)

Wild Ones members and staff have long been proud of our publication and are pleased that a large national competition also felt that The Journal is outstanding.

Wild Ones congratulates editor Barbara Schmitz, designer Kevin Rau, and technical contributor Denise Gehring for receiving this honor.


Tim Lewis Has Passed Away

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Tim Lewis, former Wild Ones National Board President, has passed away.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tim Lewis on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Tim served as the Wild Ones National Board President from 2010 to 2016 and as the Rock River Valley Chapter president for many years. Tim was an avid gardener, photographer, conservationist and environmentalist. Most importantly, Tim was a friend and mentor to both local chapter members and to national board members. We thank Tim for his unyielding commitment to Wild Ones.

To view Tim’s obituary click on:

Tim is celebrated at the WILD Center with the three beautiful Burr Oak Trees he donated to the Center. A rock with a plaque showing the years of Tim’s service was donated by the National Board and placed at the entrance of the prairie.