Organizing a Wild Ones chapter is a great way to get together with friendly, knowledgeable people who share your interest in native plants and natural landscaping.
To get a general idea of how to start a chapter in your area, read our New Chapter Basics. After that, you'll want to check out the more detailed Chapter Start-up Kit which includes everything you'll need to really get started.
Here you'll find step-by-step instructions for starting your chapter, how to plan your meetings, meeting topics, and how to find expert guest speakers for your meetings. We'll even provide you with sample press releases to help you spread the word about your new Wild Ones chapter.
The Chapter Start-up Kit gives you everything you'll need to get started, and our National Office will help you through any rough spots. Feel free to call the National Office, toll-free, 877-394-9453, any time for more ideas, encouragement, and answers to anything you're not quite sure about.
Contact Kathy Dame
Connecticut College Arboretum
(860)-439-5060 e-mail Kathy
The Mountain Laurel Chapter of Wild Ones, sponsored by Connecticut College
Arboretum, meets the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am at the Olin Science
Center, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
Business meetings are held in the Olin Lounge from 10:00-10:45,followed by an educational program at 11:00. Visitors are welcome! (If you enter the College campus from Route 32, Olin Science Center is the first building on your right.)
Occasionally the date or location of our meeting is changed. Please check our program calendar (below) for the latest information.
For further information or to have your address added to the Wild One's email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a new chapter forming in the Denver, Colorado area. The Front Range Chapter serves the region from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs including the Denver-metro area and Boulder. We are a new chapter (The first chapter formed at the foot of the Rocky Mountains!).
General Meeting Information: Time: 7:00 p.m. - - Frequency: First Tuesday of each Month - - Location: Varies
Please Note: The location of Chapter meetings rotates through various sites within our membership area to facilitate easy access. In addition, Field Trips and also outside activities are in various locations. Therefore, always check the Calendar of Events for this month's location, day and time.
The Northern Kane County Chapter of Wild Ones typically meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at Christ The Lord Lutheran Church, Elgin, IL. During the Spring and Summer months there are tours of native plant specific locations (yards, parks, preserves, etc.) that are usually on Saturday mornings.
BOB PORTER, President: (312) 744-5472
e-mail Meetings are usually held the second Thursday of the month at
7 p.m. at the North Park Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago,
unless otherwise indicated.
Meetings are usually held the third Thursday of the month at 7
p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and browsing the lending library and merchandise tables. Unless otherwise stated, we meet in the Woodward Tech Center on the first floor at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Click here to download directions and maps.
PAT ROSENWINKEL: (219) 865-279,
e-mail Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.,
at Gibson Woods, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, Ind., unless
Native Plants in the Past, Present & Future
Sponsored by the Gibson Woods Chapter of Wild Ones, the Third Biennial Native Plant Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 25th at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville, IN from 7AM to 2PM. Symposium Agenda.
Early registration discount end August 28th. Symposium Flyer.
The Lexington Chapter meets on the first Thursday of every month for an educational program and to share some social time. During some months there are additional meetings. Visitors are always welcome. For information please contact our President, Beate Popkin.
Guided by the philosophy of Lorrie Otto . . .
“If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets, or forests, or combinations of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar.”
Andrea Matthies: (734) 604-4674,
Larry Sanford: (734) 439-1272,
Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of the month. From November through March, meetings are held in a classroom at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, usually at 6:45 PM. Meetings in other months are held at a variety of outdoor locations. Check the calendar for specific dates, times, and locations.
Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 PM at the
Marshall District Library located at 124 West Green Street in Marshall, MI. Field trips are planned for April through August Meetings. Consult the meeting calendar for details or e-mail
For Membership or other information contact:
President - Melville Kennedy: (810) 275-8822,
Vice President - Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez: (810) 762-0455,
Secretary - Heather Griffin: (810) 410-7697,
Treasurer/Membership Chair - Vacant: (810) 275-8822,
Meeting days and locations vary. General business meetings are held at Mott Community College,Prahl College Center - Genesee Room, 1401 E. Court Street, Flint, MI 48503. map link.
Mike & Carol Klug, Co-Presidents: (269) 623-6725, Email
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. From October through April, the chapter meets at the First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo (downtown). There is no meeting in December. Spring and summer meetings vary in location and time, and are usually in the field.
Please visit our chapter page for further details on upcoming field trips, meetings, and other events.
Please join us at the North Oakland Chapter, based in Clarkston, MI! For more information, contact Laura Gruzwalski at 248.535.3338.
Free presentations are often held on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Business meetings for the chapter board, chairs, and members are often the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Please go to the events page for a complete list of events. You can also "Like" us on Facebook!
Brendan Nolan: (313) 802-3411,
Meetings are held at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden, Warren, Michigan, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please call or email for details. There is no fee to attend a meeting and the public is welcome.
Diane Hilscher, President: e-mail or (651) 436-3836 Roger Miller, Programs: e-mail or (651) 275-0526
Our St. Croix Oak Savanna Chapter was formed in 2003 and sponsors monthly programs by enthusiasts and experts on native plants and natural landscapes. Meetings are normally free and open to the public. Special events may include a registration fee to help cover costs. Cold weather (indoor) meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the the FamilyMeans Building, 1875 Northwestern Ave. in Stillwater. Socializing begins at 6:30 pm with our speaker at 7 pm. Warm weather garden tours and field trips are typically held Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. See our Chapter Calendar below for details. We welcome all levels of plant and gardening enthusiast. Join us to learn more about Minnesota and Wisconsin native plants and how they can enhance our outdoor spaces.
Monthly topic meetings are on the third Tuesday, unless otherwise noted, at the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, located just south of 66th Street between I-35W and Lyndale Avenue South (map). Free and open to the public.
Marilyn Jones, President, 612-724-8084,
Visit our new website, or call our message center at 612-293-3833 for latest updates.
Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month (except
December and January) at 6:00 p.m. Location varies. Click on "St. Louis
Chapter" above, then "Calendar," for directions to each meeting. For
additional information, contact Ed Schmidt or by phone at (314) 647-1608. Non-members are welcome to attend.
Habitat Gardening in Central New York meets every month to learn more about creating a healthy habitat for people and for wildlife. We're fortunate to have many knowledgeable people in Central New York who present programs on native plants, natural landscaping, and providing habitat for wildlife. Our Habitat Garden is an example of one of our members' natural landscape in Central New York. For more information about HGCNY, visit our website or contact Janet Allen at (315) 487-5742 or by e-mail.
The Niagara Falls and River Chapter encompasses an area in New York which follows the Niagara River Greenway municipal boundaries as determined by the Niagara River Greenway Commisison and the Niagara Falls National Heritage area. The chapter area includes the following municipalities: City of Niagara Falls and the lower Niagara River gorge, the Towns of Porter, Lewiston, Niagara, and Tonawanda, the villages of Youngstown and Lewiston, and Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Grand Island, Kenmore, and Buffalo, New York. For more information on this chapter, you can contact Wild Ones at 877-394-9453 or via
Except for field trips, the Columbus Chapter meets the second Saturday of the month, 10:00 a.m., typically at Inniswood Metropolitan Park, Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. However we have at times meet at other Metro Parks or public facilities. Please see our calendar of events for each month's location. Thank-you!
DIRECTIONS: To Inniswood From I-270, take the SR 3/Westerville Road exit north to Schrock Road (Huntington Bank, 630 South State Street, is on the Southeast corner) and turn right. Go about one mile to South Hempstead Road and turn right. Entrance is about 1/2 mile on the right.
Inniswood Metro Park
Check out our FACEBOOK GROUP for photos of events and meetings.
NEW Columbus Chapter Newsletter,"Nature Scoop" written by Toni Stahl,Ambassador for National Wildlife Federation Backyard Certification Habitat. The newsletter is forwarded to members monthly. Visit Toni's web-site
NWF Backyard Ohio
The Greater Cincinati Chapter has monthly meetings or field trips, as well as many other opportunities for learning about native plants. To view the program schedule visit the Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones website link above.
For more information, contact Chris McCullough at 513-860-4959 or email Chris.
Contact Person: Peter Sigmann,
President: peter sigmann 920-824-5193, peter2sigmann.net
Membership & Meetings: Cliff Orsted (920) 746-9770, email@example.com
Educational Meetings: Oct.- May (various locations, usually on Saturdays)
Field Trips: June - September, usually on Saturdays
Contact Mariette Nowak firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about our chapter and events.
Contact David Nowak email@example.com with suggestions or changes to the web site.
We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Our May - October meetings will be a variety of field trips, conducted outdoors at different locations each month. Check our Calendar of Events for more details.
The November - April (excluding December) meetings are indoors at the following time and location:
WHEN: 10:00 am, 2nd Saturdays, WHERE: South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, at S91W39091 Highway 59, one mile west of Eagle, WI.
Indoor meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, Sept - May, except Dec., at 7:00 p.m. at the UW Arboretum, Seminole Highway, Madison.
Specifics on program / activities appear in the Community Calendar of the "Isthmus" free in many Madison shops & libraries each Thurs.
Summer tours, projects and locations vary. We invite the public to most programs.
For details, and if you would like to be on our notifications email list, contact Barb Glassel 608 819-0087, e-mail.
For tours, please check with Laurie Yahr & Rich Kahl, 608 274-6539, e-mail.
To receive our monthly email newsletter, 2 pages full of info, send an email to our editor, Laurie Yahr e-mail. with subject line Madison Wild Ones Newsletter.
Lisa Oddis, chapter president 414-303-3028 or .
Indoor meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at the Menomonee Falls Public Library, Large Meeting Room. The address is W156 N8436 Pilgrim Road 262-532-8900. The general public is always welcome. Contact Lisa Oddis for info 414-303-3028 or Arleen Hollenhorst at 262-385-6764. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Schliltz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 East Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee
Message Center: (414) 299-9888 x1
Chapter president: Dorothy Boyer
Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month at the Schliltz Audubon Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise indicated.
President - Chris Russin: email@example.com 262-857-3191 Please feel free to contact me with questions about our chapter.
Vice President and Webmistress - Joann Sustachek
Secretary - Karen Kaplan
Treasurer - Donna Deuster
Membership Coordinator - Gary Feest
Meetings are usually the first Saturday of each month 10:00-11:30 a.m. The location depends on what we have scheduled: field trip, speaker or service project. Sometimes we go somewhere for lunch afterwards!
Contact Chris Russin for details before the meeting if you have not received an email update.
This chapter is located in the Shawano area (Menominee, Oconto & Waupaca Counties). Meetings are scheduled for the middle of each month at the home of the hosting member at an exact date and time set up by that member. For more information, contact Bob Dumke our president at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (715)524-3117. You may also Email Sue Templeman at email@example.com.
If anyone is interested in attending a meeting please call or Email one of us. We would be happy to have you join us.