Thank You for Supporting Wild Ones’ Annual Appeal

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Thank you for your support of Wild Ones’ Annual Appeal!

With the New Year comes new chances to help the environment. Increasing the use of native plants in all types of landscapes is an easy way to make a big difference. The Wild Ones mission is to spread the news about the importance of using native plants. Your support of our Annual Appeal allows us to share our mission across the country.

Why Native Plants?

A recent University of Florida study published in Urban Ecosystems determined that replacing traditional plants in golf course out-of-play areas with native flowers not only benefits pollinating insects, but also promotes natural pest control. This reduces the amount of time, money, and chemicals needed for pest control. It’s not only good for the environment, it’s good business to use native plants.

Native plants help diminish the effects of climate change in ways including the reduction of both flash flooding and urban “heat islands”. Since less equipment is needed for maintenance of native plantings, air pollution is also reduced.

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed

“Got Milkweed?” by Peggy Steichen. 2018 Photo Contest – Pollinators entry.

Why Wild Ones?

Wild Ones provides materials used to educate the public on why and how to use native plants. Many people don’t know which plants are native, don’t know what native species to use in different soil, sunlight, or moisture conditions, or don’t realize native wildflowers are just as stunning as non-native exotics. Other organizations focus on birds, bugs, or butterflies. Wild Ones members are the native plant experts.

Your Annual Appeal donation supports environmental education

In 2019, Wild Ones branched out into new states. With your help, new chapters were chartered in Arkansas, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Your donations enable us to teach people across the country about the importance of including native species in all sizes and types of landscapes. Our members are teaching people how to add natives to landscapes ranging from churches to community centers to businesses.

It’s not too late to support Wild Ones’ work in 2020

Our Annual Appeal runs through January 31, 2020. We are closing in on our fundraising goal. You can help make it happen – every dollar counts.

There are two ways to make a donation:

  • Visit the online Wild Store and click “Please Donate
  • Send a check to Wild Ones, 2285 Butte des Morts Beach Road, Neenah WI 54956

Thank you for your support. Plant natives!

Searching for Wild Ones National Board Candidates

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We are looking for talented board candidates for the Wild Ones National Board of Directors!

The National Board Nominating Committee is asking for assistance in finding talented board candidates. Board positions are for the election of summer 2020.

The ideal candidates will work to advance the Wild Ones mission through strategic thinking with a focus on all chapters nationwide. We are looking for candidates skilled in the following areas:

  • Accounting and financial management
  • Law/legal expertise
  • Technology
  • Fundraising and networking

If you know someone who would be a great board director — a chapter member, community leader, environmental leader, landscape designer, teacher/professor, IT expert, financial advisor, attorney or someone with previous nonprofit experience — please let us know.

And, if YOU are interested in a board position, please let us know.

For more information please contact [email protected]. or go to the Members Pages of the Wild Ones website and look under National Reports to view the Prospectus and Board Application.

Then, Wild Ones will contact the potential candidates.

We will interview candidates by phone 12/30/19 through 1/17/20. Voting will take place the summer of 2020.

Serving on a nonprofit volunteer board can be very rewarding. By sharing your talents and helping to support the environment through the Wild Ones mission, you will make a difference in the future of our environment.

 

 

 

 

 

The Wild Store is open and stocked with great holiday gifts!

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Great gifts for the holidays and more are available at the online Wild Store!

Need a gift for a friend or family member? How about something special for yourself? The Wild Store has a variety of caps and hats; women’s and men’s shirts; books, banners and audio materials that make great gifts for the holidays.

Perhaps you know someone who loves to garden, take a hike through the woods, or just enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds us. The Wild Ones Store is the perfect place for you to shop for gifts sure to please!

Take a look at what the Wild Store has to offer.

How about a member-favorite “Roots” shirt showing the depths native plants go to in order to protect the environment? They come in several colors with either short or long sleeves. Know someone who would love a women’s v-neck t-shirt that supports the Wild Ones mission? Available in a variety of sizes and a range of colors to suit any taste.

If someone on your list likes to read, we have a great selection of books about gardening, pollinators, and nature by well-known authors. Many are autographed for that special touch. A DVD or garden banner makes a great gift for nature-loving friends as well.

Many items are on sale! Don’t delay – some items have limited quantities.

Your purchase is ready to be shipped to arrive before the holidays. If you need a gift by Christmas, it’s best to place your order by Monday, December 16. There are limited quantities available on some products, so shop early for the best selection.

Click here to access The Wild Store. Get the perfect gift for your nature-loving friends or family members!

Just make your selections and pay via PayPal. It’s easy, and you’ll get the gifts you want without fighting crowds of holiday shoppers.

Make your shopping easy this year with great gifts from the Wild Store. Remember to order early to get your order before the holidays. Limited quantities are available for some items. Shopping at the Wild Store is easy and provides great gifts for your friends. Happy shopping!

 

AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App for Android users.

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AmazonSmile is now on the Amazon Shopping App!

The AmazonSmile app is now available for customers using supported Android devices. Yes, shopping with AmazonSmile has just become easier.

This is great news!

So when you are shopping for those special holiday gifts on Amazon, you can now support Wild Ones when using your Android phone or tablet. You’ll be supporting the Wild Ones mission with every purchase whenever you start your Amazon shopping with the AmazonSmile App.

AmazonSmile… where Amazon gives a percentage of every purchase to qualifying charities like Wild Ones. It’s a great time to support the Wild Ones mission, while purchasing a little something for yourself or a friend!

Here are the instructions:

To turn on AmazonSmile if you are currently using the Amazon App and start generating donations to support the Wild Ones mission:

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here or instructions.

If you currently do not have the Amazon App on your phone, go to Google Play Store on your mobile device and download the Amazon App.

It has now become even easier to support Wild Ones with the new Amazon App.

It’s perfect for shopping on the go or at home while relaxing on the couch and watching your favorite TV shows.

For more information or help with downloading the App, click here.

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. As soon as it is available, we will make an announcement.

Wild Ones Annual Meeting webinar Oct. 12

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Wild Ones Annual Meeting webinar recording – October 12.

During the live meeting, the Wild Ones board and staff presented important news about Wild Ones and how, as an organization, we are making an impact on the environment. They presented an update on the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, our financial situation, accomplishments, and next steps.

To view the webinar click here.

Recording is available only to Wild Ones members.

Thank you for your dedication to Wild Ones and its mission.