Wild Ones, Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a non-profit organization dedicated to natural landscaping and related education. Wild Ones is a national organization with local chapters that serve various parts of the United States. The Greater DuPage chapter covers several counties across the western suburbs of metropolitan Chicago in Illinois. It was founded in 1991 by Vicki Nowicki and Pat Armstrong.
This local chapter provides a venue for sharing information among members about using plants adapted to the soils and climate of Chicagoland. Our gardens range in size from small areas of native plants up to full-blown prairies. Become a member of Wild Ones and explore how to grow your own natural garden or yard full of native plant species that provide wildlife habitat and an interesting landscape. Gardeners of any skill or interest level are welcome. We encourage visitors to join us at one of our meetings to hear firsthand about our group.
We have over 120 individual, household, and business memberships. See the membership page for more information about the benefits of joining The Wild Ones.
400 S. Eagle St.
Room C (lower level)
Naperville, IL 60540
Primary meeting location. Free parking is available in the garage at the south side of the building.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
525 S Park Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Alternate meeting location. See calendar entry for details related to a specific month's meeting.
Events we sponsor include:
For details about upcoming monthly meetings and special events, see calendar below.
Sep 15, 2011 (Thu)
How To Naturally Landscape And Please Your Neighbors And Village Officials
Bret Rappaport, a lawyer from Chicago who defended the Chicago Five against the city for
weed violations, and the first National President of Wild Ones, will give us a program on
municipal ordinances with a historical perspective on difficulties encountered by native plant
landscapes and suggestions for dealing with municipalities. His program is educational,
humorous, helpful and inspirational
Oct 20, 2011 (Thu)
Meeting at Naperville Municipal Center
400 S. Eagle Street in downtown Naperville
Discover the magic of the Monarch butterfly, from its life cycle to its unbelievable migration to Mexico. See the problems the butterfly is facing in North America and what each individual can do to make a difference. What is a Monarch Waystation and how does one become a certified waystation? This and more is covered in this fascinating talk by Patricia Miller
Oct 29, 2011 (Sat)
Greater DuPage Chapter Annual Seed Exchange - 2011
9:00am - 11:00am
The Warren Tavern
3 S 540 2nd St
Buy or trade native prairie and woodland plant seeds Open to the Public – No Admission Charge
This is a great opportunity for potential members to learn what Wild Ones is all about. In addition to the seeds, there will be photos of yards, people to trade ideas with, refreshments, and a silent auction.
How the Exchange Works
Collect your own seed and bring it to the Seed Exchange. You are entitled to take other seeds home with you, up to an amount equal to what you bring. If you do not have seed to trade, packets of seed can be purchased for a nominal charge.
8am – 9am: Set up tables for auction, photo displays, sign-in, etc.
9am - 9:30am: Set out seeds
9:30am - 11am: Seed 'shopping'
10:30am: Announcement of silent auction winners
11am – Noon: Clean up
No browsing for seed until 9:30; visit sales, information and activity areas until then.
Label Those Seeds
Please label the seeds you bring. Include Latin name, common name, description and any other helpful information, such as color of flower, time of bloom, height of plant, best location, etc.
How to Package Seeds
If you have a large quantity of seed, such as grasses or asters, you may bring them in one large bag and let folks help themselves. Very small seeds or rare species should be divided into smaller quantities to allow more people an opportunity to sample them. Bring empty bags, envelopes or containers in which to place the seeds you choose to take home and a tote bag to carry them.
WE WELCOME YOUR PARTICIPATION! As well as volunteering to come at 8:30 for set-up or stay ‘til noon for clean-up, your help in the following areas will make the event a real success.
Silent Auction: Contact one or two businesses such as garden and bird centers, etc., and ask for a donation for the auction. If you need a tax receipt to give to donors, we’ll have some available at the September meeting. Be sure to get names and addresses of businesses who donate so we can thank them and give them recognition in our next newsletter. Also, if you have an appropriate item to donate for the auction, please bring that along.
Share Your Photos and Posters: If you have photos or a poster display of your yard, bring them before 9am. There will be an area set up to show off our yards to other attendees. This always makes for an interesting exhibit.
Potluck Refreshments: Please bring a snack, finger food or drink to share. This way we will have some refreshments for everyone.
Contact Pat Clancy, (630) 964-0448, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, to volunteer to help, and to report on donations for the auction
Nov 17, 2011 (Thu)
A TREK ACROSS CHICAGO WILDERNESS
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
525 S Park Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Jack MacRae, our friend at Willowbrook and a DuPage County Forest Preserve Employee,
spent 15 days in June of 2009 walking 240 miles across prairies, sand dunes, forests,
flatwoods, savannas, rivers, ponds, wetlands, ravines and one great lake from Chiwaukee
Prairie, Kenosha County, WI, to Warren Woods, Berrien County, MI. He averaged 3.5 miles
per hour and visited 50 preserves, parks and natural areas. You won't want to miss seeing
what he saw and learning what he learned on his trek
Vice President: Pat Armstrong
Secretary: Pat Clancy
Treasurer: Rich Whitney
Terms end on December 31st. We line up our leadership and committees for the coming year in October. Open positions can be filled anytime. Please consider sharing your interest by getting involved in one of these capacities. Help support the healthy continuation and growth of our chapter. Duties are flexible; if you think you can help in any way contact one of the people listed above. There is a strong core of former officers still very much involved in the group who will be happy to help anyone new coming on board. Board meetings are held monthly on the second Friday of the month.
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