native landscaping and
Wild Ones’ 25th anniversary this summer!

    • Sessions on Gardens, How-to, Critters, Arts, and Science.
    • Keynote by nationally known ecologist and author, Robert Michael Pyle.
    • Lovely setting at UW-Madison’s Memorial Union.
    • Co-sponsored by Madison Wild Ones and UW-Madison Arboretum.

    Click here to download a registration form.
    • Send a check payable to Madison Wild Ones to:
      Madison Wild Ones, 1143 E. Johnson St. #2, Madison, WI 53703.

    Questions: contact Sue Ellingson, suellingson(at)sbcglobal.net, 608 259-1824
    or Marian Farrior, mlfarrior(at)wisc.edu, 608 265-5214.

Keynote Robert Michael Pyle on...
The Heart of the Matter: Wild Landscapes, Intimacy,
and the
“Extinction of Experience”
            Everyone who cares about the wild can remember a special place of inspiration
    and discovery, a place where intimate contact with creatures, plants, soil, and water
    made all the difference. Today such places are disappearing. We run a serious risk
    of alienation and still more losses. It’s an insidious syndrome Bob Pyle calls
    the “Extinction of Experience.”
            Native Landscapers have a special opportunity to save, restore, and create the kinds
    of places where wonder lives on and hearts warm to the natural world. Making opportunities
    for intimacy with the wild, we preserve the chance of a better world for all species.

8/6 Friday evening
5:30-6:00 - Registration
6:00 - Informal gathering, Union Terrace

8/7 Saturday Sessions - $35
8:00-9:00 - Wild Ones national meeting
8:45-9:30 - Registration
9:30-10:45 - Session 1
11:00-12:15 - Session 2
12:15-1:45 - Lunch on your own. Bring a bag lunch to attend Invasive Plant Assn. of Wis. annual meeting.
1:45-3:00 - Session 3
3:15-4:30 - Session 4
4:30-5:15 - Social hour

8/7 Saturday Banquet - $20
5:15-6:00 - Keynote address
6:00-7:00 - Dinner
6:30-7:30 - Wild Ones presentations

8/8 Sunday Tours - $30 full day, $20 half day
7:00-9:00 - Wild Ones leadership workshop
9:00~4:00 - Full day tours, includes lunch
10:00~1:00 - Half day tours, no lunch

• Lowell Inn, 610 Langdon St., 2 blocks, $70-$80, 866-301-1753
• Sheraton, 706 John Nolen Dr., 2 mi., $60-$82, 888-625-5144
• AmericInn, 101 W. Broadway, 6 mi., $81-$86, 800-634-3444

• Golf shirts and tee shirts for sale at Cafe Press. Pictured below.

The North American Prairie Conference is Aug. 8-12 at the Union.

Saturday Sessions
9:30-10:45 11:00-12:15 1:45-3:00 3:15-4:30
1G. The Joys of a Totally Native Yard
by Pat Armstrong
Pat started with a lot that had one native plant—a bur oak tree—and created a totally native yard. Now her yard has 300 species of wild-flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs.
Pat Armstrong is an ecologist and owner of Prairie Sun Consultants in Naperville, Illinois. She is a Wild Ones national board member.
2G. Fabulous Ferns
by Tim Kessenich
Learn how to grow your own ferns from spores. Tim will also introduce fern anatomy and identification.
Tim Kessenich has been growning ferns and woodland wildflowers at his home in Madison for over 25 years. He has propagated native plants for projects in the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and Governor Dodge State Park.
3G. How plants get along and why we should, too.
by Roy Diblik
Roy offers ideas for using native plants along with the garden-store varieties left in your yard. He’ll tell how garden goals guide plant choice and planting methods and how garden layout affects maintenance.
Roy Diblik is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm near Lake Geneva, Wis.
4G. Wow! Before-and-after panel
moderated by Molly Fifield-Murray
Before and after stories by native gardeners who took on their ho-hum yards and turned them into something remarkable.
Molly Fifield-Murray is the UW Arboretum outreach manager and a professional landscape architect.
1H. Slow Gardens
by Nancy Aten
Nancy Aten starts with a local natural ecosystem—oak savanna—that has thrived for a good long time without us. She talks about slow gardens—slow in the sense of gardens savored over time, that respect scarce resources, that are full of flavor and diversity.
Nancy Aten is a designer and landscape steward in Milwaukee. She is a new Wild Ones national board member.
2H. Sow It and Reap—Seed collecting, cleaning, and propagating
by Jerry Gunderson
Nature's bounty is wrapped up in tiny, perfect packages. Jerry will show you how to open them. Learn how to collect, clean, and propagate seed.
Jerry Gunderson has been landscaping with natives in the Madison area for 30 years, with a focus on small areas of prairie plantings. He is an active member of Madison Wild Ones.
3H. Creating a Spirit of Place—Native landscape design John Gishnock, Jake Blue, Allison Eyring-Green
A primer on Prairie Style landscape design, first developed by Jens Jensen. Learn features of prairie, wetland, savanna and woodland ecosystems that you can incorporate into your home landscape and get started on your own design.
Gishnock, Blue, and Eyring-Green are landscape designers at Applied Ecological Services in Brodhead, Wis.
4H. Workaholics—Rain gardens do it all
by Steve Banovetz
Rain gardens provide beauty, diversity and habitat, and clean and infiltrate rainwater. Learn why it's important and how to do it in your own yard.
Steve Banovetz is the Senior Ecologist and part owner of Agrecol, a native plant nursery near Madison. Agrecol is a Wild Ones business member.
1C. Small Wonders— Butterflies by Bob Pyle
Learn about butterflies and other small wonders as components of native landscapes.
Bob Pyle is an award-winning author, speaker, professor, and ecologist. He will also give the keynote address for the Go Wild! conference.
2C. Home Sweet Home— Creating habitat in the city
by Craig Tufts
Your yard can provide a living for many creatures. It doesn't matter where you live or how much space you have. Discover how to create a thriving habitat in your backyard.
Craig Tufts is the National Wildlife Federation's chief naturalist and honorary board member of Wild Ones.
3C. They eat bugs! Frogs and toads in the garden
by Randy Korb
Live amphibians keep the frog workshop hopping. Find out about frogs' and toads' urban and wetland habitats, their calls, reproductive life cycle, distribution, and more.
Randy Korb is an environmental educator and author in Green Bay. His book and CD is "Wisconsin Frogs."
4C. Bee Mine—Pollinators at work.
by Craig Tufts
The bounty of seeds in fall is largely thanks to pollinators who visited flowers during summer. Learn about bees, butterflies, wasps, and other pollinators, and the habitats they need to succeed.
Craig Tufts is the National Wildlife Federation's chief naturalist and honorary board member of Wild Ones.
1A. 1000 Words–Nature photography inside
by Daryl Sherman
Photography begins in the mind. Daryl Sherman will explain the theory and mechanics of nature photography: equipment, depth of field, lighting, and composition.
Daryl Sherman has taught photography since 1961.
2A. 1001 Words–Nature photography outside
by Daryl Sherman
Take a trek into the wild nature outside the Union. Bring your equipment along to this session: tripod, camera, close-focusing lens, etc. Set up and take photos. If you have a digital camera, you’ll get feedback right away.
Daryl Sherman has taught photography since 1961.
3A. Nature Journaling
by Susan Kilmer
Nature journaling was a tool used by Darwin, Leopold, Muir, Carson and others to record nature's large and small events. Explore their methods and learn the primary tools for beginning your own nature journal.
Susan Kilmer is the Staff Horticulturist for the UW-Madison Arboretum.
4A. The Art of the Garden Floor—Patios, walks, and walls by Jon Adams-Kollitz
Jon shows how inspiration from nature can aid in the design of paving and walls in the natural garden setting.
Jon Adams-Kollitz is a registered landscape architect and owner of the design/build company Formecology
1S. Biological effects of pesticides
by Warren Porter
Pesticides can influence fertility, aggression, immune response, developmental patterns, and more. Learn about the effects of these pervasive chemicals on animals and people—especially on our children.
Warren Porter is a zoology professor at UW-Madison.
2S. Generalists, Specialists, and the Vanishing Present
by Mark Leach
Can our last best wildflower places persist? Long-term studies are revealing surprising changes in what's left of our prairies, forests, and other fragments of native vegetation. Mark Leach will guide our discovery of patterns of change and help deepen our understanding of underlying processes.
Mark Leach is lead ecologist at UW Arboretum. He's filling in for Don Waller.
3S. Ecology Underground—Soil and the critters in it
by Teri Balser
Discover what the bacteria and other living things in the soil do for native landscapes and for you.
Teri Balser is a soil science professor at UW-Madison.
4S. Environmental Principles for the Backyard
by Evelyn Howell
Learn to read the landscape to apply "best practice" principles to create and manage enjoyable living spaces. Design a native landscape with the environment in mind.
Evelyn Howell is Chair of the UW-Madison Landscape Architecture Dept.

Sunday TOURS - Full Day

TF1. Lorrie Otto’s Yard Tour

Join Wild Ones founder Lorrie Otto for a personal tour of her yard and other yards in
Milwaukee. See the choices of native plantings on these properties and their creation
of a special sense of place.

TF2. Leopold Shack and farm and the International Crane Foundation
Visit the renowned Aldo Leopold farm and the shack that inspired Leopold’s writings
and philosophies. Afterward, visit the International Crane Foundation. Learn about their
education and conservation efforts for crane species and their habitats.

TF3. John Muir Memorial Park and Page Creek
Start this tour hiking through a savanna area to the creek and boardwalk. Several rare
species of plants may be found and numerous birds. Next, explore the boyhood home
of John Muir and a variety of natural area communities.

TF4. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hillside School and Spring Green Preserve
Near Taliesen, learn about the boarding school designed by Wright and about the architect
whose style was so influenced by the area’s landscape. Then tour a desert in Wisconsin!
Spring Green Preserve is a land of cacti, lizards, sand dunes, and dry grasses.

TF5. Canoe the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway; Explore the Avoca Prairie-Savanna State Natural Area.
We’ll canoe in two 25-foot canoes from Lone Rock to Avoca (7 miles). We will also tour the
largest natural tallgrass prairie east of the Mississippi River.

TF6. Prairie Regal Fritillary Butterflies and Oak Savannas
The Barneveld Prairie is home to the Regal Fritillary Butterfly, one of the most striking
butterflies to be found on the prairie. We plan to see them during our tour. We will also
visit a restored savanna that has been burned for the past 28 years.

Sunday TOURS - Half Day

TH1. UW-Madison Arboretum: Pioneer in Restoration
Recognized worldwide, the UW-Madison Arboretum has created diverse ecological
communities from pasture and cornfields. The Curtis Prairie began its transformation
in 1935; Green Prairie during the 1940s.

TH2. Madison Rain Gardens
Join us for a tour of both residential and commercial rain gardens in Madison. See how
they were designed and what plants were used. Rain gardens collect and infiltrate rain
and stormwater.

TH3. The Water’s Edge: Residential Shoreland Native Plantings and Restorations
Waterfront properties landscaped with native vegetation have many beneficial effects in
helping to reduce runoff from residences along lakefronts. Join us on this tour to see how
native vegetation and plantings are used to landscape waterfront properties.

Golf shirts and tee shirts for sale at Cafe Press.