Chapters form in a variety of ways. We have several chapters that started in a university environment. Others have evolved from an existing organization such as a garden club or nature center volunteers, and some were started by a few people who were interested in natural landscaping and sharing their interest with the public. A great source of assistance can be the local county extension agent.
As the hub of the organization, Wild Ones will provide support, guidance and information to help you form a viable group in your area. In the initial phase, the startup is called a “Seedling Chapter.” To become a “Chartered Chapter,” the seedling needs to have officers selected, 10 paid members and a meeting calendar for 12 months with four confirmed plans. A Starter Kit of brochures, suggestions, etc. is sent to the leader. Wild Ones can do a zip code search of members in your area and send an email announcing the start of a new chapter seedling.
An initial phone call can be helpful to introduce you to Wild Ones staff and talk about what is needed to start a chapter seedling.