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July 2024

Jul
20

Nachusa Grasslands Tour

Saturday, July 20th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Nachusa Grasslands, 2075 S Lowden Rd, Franklin Grove, IL, 61031 Map

Public Welcome

Join members of the Illinois Native Plant Society for a tour of Nachusa Grasslands near Dixon, IL on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00. We will meet at the Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf at 8:30 and carpool to the site or you can drive yourself.  Please put in the comments during registration if you are going to carpool and if you'd be willing to drive.

If you haven't gotten enough sun yet, there is an optional public bison tour from 1:30-3:30. 10 spots have been reserved, so please put in the comments or contact Jolinda Eggers directly if you would like to participate. [email protected]

Registration is required. Please see the link below.

An email with more details will be sent a couple of days beforehand.

Tour is free, but the INPS asks for a donation, or even membership!

Register

Jul
25

Roadside Prairie Walking Tour

Thursday, July 25th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Railroad Lake Recyclables Center, 110th Ave, Davenport, IA, 52804 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Nature Walk/Hike Lots of Physical Activity

Join Wild Ones as we explore a roadside prairie in Scott County, Iowa!

We will be led by Brian Burkholder, with Scott County Secondary Roads Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM). Brian will show us his work along highway Y48 near West Lake Park. Come ready to roam over uneven terrain and inclines as we walk & talk and learn from Brian!

You may park at the Railroad Lake Recyclables Center, 110th Avenue, or along the wide shoulder of Y48. 

Jul
26

Final Friday at Hauberg

Friday, July 26th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Hauberg Estate, 1300 24th St, Rock Island, IL, 61201 Map

Public Welcome Chapter Social Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Final Fridays are HERE!

Join us at the Hauberg Estate Carriage House the final Friday of each month from now through October for a casual gathering of native plant enthusiasts!

Bring a chair, enjoy the conversation, stroll the gardens, and head over to The Carriage House Bar and Gift Shop. The Hauberg Mansion is also offering tours every Friday at 3pm if you would like to do that as well! Hope to see you there!

https://haubergestate.org/carrage-house 

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Jul
28

Stewardship Workday at Collinson Ecological Preserve

Sunday, July 28th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Collinson Ecological Preserve

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Plant Salvage/Rescue Lots of Physical Activity

Join us for a twice-monthly stewardship workday at Collinson Ecological Preserve in partnership with the QC Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society and Augustana College. Activities change with the season and needs of the preserve’s natural communities, but you can expect to participate in native seed collection and dispersal, invasive species removal, brush cutting and burning, and more. Come lend a hand and experience the magic of engaging with our local ecology!

Workdays will happen every second Wednesday from 5-7pm and every fourth Sunday from 10am-Noon each month.

We will meet at the parking area located at
https://maps.app.goo.gl/PCdzAp6X8AdLDAze7
41.436870, -90.552758

If the lot is full when you arrive, please pull all the way down the driveway and park in front of the garage.
Please make sure to wear long pants, bring bug spray, sun protection, water, and any other items you will need to be comfortable outdoors. All tools and equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! We will do our best to announce the focus activities for each workday ahead of time.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to [email protected]. Let us know if you have any questions and hope to see you at the preserve!

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August 2024

Aug
14

Stewardship Workday at Collinson Ecological Preserve

Wednesday, August 14th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Collinson Ecological Preserve

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Plant Salvage/Rescue Lots of Physical Activity

Join us for a twice-monthly stewardship workday at Collinson Ecological Preserve in partnership with the QC Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society and Augustana College. Activities change with the season and needs of the preserve’s natural communities, but you can expect to participate in native seed collection and dispersal, invasive species removal, brush cutting and burning, and more. Come lend a hand and experience the magic of engaging with our local ecology!

Workdays will happen every second Wednesday from 5-7pm and every fourth Sunday from 10am-Noon each month.

We will meet at the parking area located at
https://maps.app.goo.gl/PCdzAp6X8AdLDAze7
41.436870, -90.552758

If the lot is full when you arrive, please pull all the way down the driveway and park in front of the garage.
Please make sure to wear long pants, bring bug spray, sun protection, water, and any other items you will need to be comfortable outdoors. All tools and equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! We will do our best to announce the focus activities for each workday ahead of time.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to [email protected]. Let us know if you have any questions and hope to see you at the preserve!

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Aug
22

"Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants" with Sarah Gray & Coralie Palmer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, August 22nd, 2024
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native plants can enhance biodiversity and support ecosystems in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants” featuring Sarah Gray and Coralie Palmer from the Indiana Native Plant Society.

Native plants are essential for maintaining biodiversity as they provide food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects. By incorporating native plants into your landscape, you can create a thriving ecosystem that supports local fauna and flora. These plants are well-adapted to local environmental conditions, making them more resilient to climate change and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Attendees will learn how native plants can improve soil health, enhance water retention, and contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant ecosystem.

Sara and Coralie are part of the Indiana Native Plant Society (INPS) Landscaping team, and they have collaborated on diverse projects across Indiana, including native planting schemes for schools, community gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Humane Society. Their new design for Indianapolis reflects typical sub-divisions in Indiana and considers future climate challenges, such as increased flooding and hotter, drier summers. The design features resilient, native Indiana plants that thrive in local soil conditions and contribute to the ecosystem.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading experts in native plants! Participants will gain practical insights into native garden designs and learn how tailored landscaping can support wildlife, promote ecological balance, and help restore natural habitats. 

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Aug
25

Stewardship Workday at Collinson Ecological Preserve

Sunday, August 25th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Collinson Ecological Preserve

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Plant Salvage/Rescue Lots of Physical Activity

Join us for a twice-monthly stewardship workday at Collinson Ecological Preserve in partnership with the QC Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society and Augustana College. Activities change with the season and needs of the preserve’s natural communities, but you can expect to participate in native seed collection and dispersal, invasive species removal, brush cutting and burning, and more. Come lend a hand and experience the magic of engaging with our local ecology!

Workdays will happen every second Wednesday from 5-7pm and every fourth Sunday from 10am-Noon each month.

We will meet at the parking area located at
https://maps.app.goo.gl/PCdzAp6X8AdLDAze7
41.436870, -90.552758

If the lot is full when you arrive, please pull all the way down the driveway and park in front of the garage.
Please make sure to wear long pants, bring bug spray, sun protection, water, and any other items you will need to be comfortable outdoors. All tools and equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! We will do our best to announce the focus activities for each workday ahead of time.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to [email protected]. Let us know if you have any questions and hope to see you at the preserve!

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September 2024

Sep
19

"The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows" with Heather McCargo

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 19th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore the ecological and aesthetic advantages of hedges and hedgerows in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows” with Heather McCargo, founder of Wild Seed Project.

Native hedgerows are diverse plantings of woody plants from shrubs to small trees along with herbaceous groundcovers at their base.  Learn how these low-maintenance and sustainable plantings of shrubs, trees, and groundcovers can enhance biodiversity, provide critical habitats for wildlife, and contribute to climate resilience. Discover practical tips for designing and implementing hedgerows in various landscapes, from farms to urban settings, and understand their role in supporting pollinators, birds, and soil health. 

 You will also learn about Heather McCargo and the Wild Seed Project's latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Portland, ME. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading expert in native plant restoration and take your landscaping skills to the next level. 

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October 2024

Oct
24

"Matrix Landscape Design" with Benjamin Vogt

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 24th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn how to use high-density plantings that replicate natural ecosystems in aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing ecological functions while reducing maintenance efforts in our upcoming Wild One’s national webinar, “Matrix Landscape Design” with author, landscape designer, activist, and educator Benjamin Vogt.

Matrix planting is a landscape design approach that mimics natural ecosystems by closely planting and layering compatible perennials and grasses to cover the soil, provide more ecosystem services, and eliminate the need for wood mulch or aggressive weeding.  Join Wild Ones for a webinar to learn how author, educator, and landscape designer Benjamin Vogt applies this approach to create stunning native gardens. Learn the principles behind this method, its ecological benefits, and practical steps to implement matrix planting in your own garden. 

You will also learn about Benjamin’s latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Lincoln, NE. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading voice in natural garden design and take your gardening skills to the next level. Register now to secure your spot! 

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January 2025

Jan
23

"San Diego, CA Native Garden Design" with Jeanine Sharkey

Hosted by Wild Ones San Diego Chapters
Thursday, January 23rd, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones San Diego Chapter's newest demonstration garden funded in part by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Jeanine Sharkey about this newest San Diego native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon. 

February 2025

Feb
27

"Albany, NY Native Garden Design" with Kate Brittenham

Hosted by Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapters
Thursday, February 27th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapter's newest demonstration garden, funded partly by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Kate Brittenham about this newest Albany NY native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon

September 2025

Sep
18

September Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 18th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

October 2025

Oct
16

October Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 16th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

November 2025

Nov
20

November Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, November 20th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon!