Wild Ones   Greater DuPage Chapter  
Contact: Pat Clancy, 630-964-0448,

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.

Meeting Information

Regular meetings are held the third Thursday of each month, September to April (no December meeting) at 7:00PM.
During the gardening season, (May - August) the focus is on outdoor activities throughout the area that are of interest to Wild Ones members. Families are welcome at all meetings and events.

Naperville Municipal Center
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)    

    Oct 20, 2011 (Thu)    

    Oct 29, 2011 (Sat)    

    Nov 17, 2011 (Thu)    

Board Members

President: *open*
Vice President: Pat Armstrong
Secretary: Pat Clancy
Treasurer: Rich Whitney


Membership: Mark Bavetz
Newsletter: Pat Clancy
Email Distribution: Rich Whitney
Publicity: Denise Sandoval
Photographer: Pam Rawls
Plant Rescue: *open*
Programs: *open*
Seeds For Education: Pat Clancy
Website: Don Zouras


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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