Ohio chapters

Columbus Chapter – Columbus Area
The Columbus Chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. Except for field trips, the chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at the Whetstone Library Community Room, 3909 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. THIS IS A NEW MEETING LOCATION. A complete listing of our programs and field trips is found by clicking on our website link above.

The Whetstone Prairie Project started in 2004 and has continued to be a joint project between Columbus Recreation and Parks and Wild Ones Columbus: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, a non-profit community organization and its volunteers. Other local organizations (such as FLOW Friends of Olentangy Watershed) and other local volunteers have also been involved in the project. Outside funding and support has been received from Keep Franklin County Beautiful, ODNR’s Wildlife Diversity & Endangered Species Program and Columbus Metro Parks. 5.1 acres of lowland along the Olentangy River was restored into native Ohio prairie with vernal pools and a woodland buffer. Since 2004 areas have been established which include prairie wildflowers and grasses native to Franklin County and Central Ohio, and portions of the prairie were seeded with Darby Plains prairie seed from Columbus Metro Parks. The long term plan is to increase the native biological diversity of the area and to use the site as a key educational and demonstration site. This includes walking trails, viewing stations, informational signage and an educational program. Starting in January 2015 Wild Ones Columbus will be offering educational tours after our monthly meetings for those that are interested in learning more about promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. We will be offering volunteers opportunities for others to learn, alongside our members, what it takes to maintain the Whetstone Prairie for generations to come.
The prairie is located in Whetstone Park, go right out of the library parking lot and follow the park entry road to the lower parking lot. Turn left at the open picnic houses and **park as close to the turnaround as possible. The prairie is located over the footbridge to the left. Approaching from the north you will see the entrance to the main walking path and our prairie.

For information, Contact our president, Barbara Velez Barbosa (barb_carson@hotmail.com)


Dayton Area Chapter
New chapter formed in the Dayton area. For more information contact Acting President: Janet Olney Lasley –  janetolneylasley@gmail.com


Greater Cincinnati Chapter – Cincinnati Area
The Greater Cincinnati 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.


Northeast Ohio (Seedling) Chapter
A new chapter is being formed in the Cuyahoga and Lake Counties of Ohio. If you are interested in joining this chapter, please contact Ronda Leffel.


Oak Openings Region Chapter – Toledo Area
Previously known as the Toledo Chapter of Wild Ones, the Oak Openings Region Chapter was renamed to highlight the globally threatened ecosystem, the Oak Openings Region of NW Ohio and SE Michigan.  Located just SW of Lake Erie, in the Lake Plain, our area of NW Ohio is known for migratory bird watching, the largest tributary in the Great Lakes Region: the Maumee River, the Great Black Swamp, and especially, the hotspot of biodiversity, the Oak Openings.

From the Karner blue butterfly and lark sparrow, to the plains puccoon, lupine, prairie gentian, red baneberry, and orange fringed orchid– there’s so much for Wild Ones members to enjoy–and to help conserve.  Here 1/3 of all Ohio’s rare plant occurrences are reported with 166 state listed species that are savanna and prairie specialists, coastal plain disjuncts and northern species.

From September to May, our chapter meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Nederhouser Community Hall, The Olander Park System, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, OH.  You are welcome to these informative and exciting programs from area experts and partners.

We gather for monthly outdoor activities such as field trips, native seed harvests, native garden installations, educational outreach, stewardship including invasive plant removal, and more.

Date, time and location details for Wild Ones Oak Openings Region are announced in advance via the chapter E-newsletter, Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildonesoakopenings, Twitter: https://twitter.com/WildOnes_Oaks  and chapter website: OakOpenings.WildOnes.org

If you are not on our e-mail list and want to be, e-mail us and let us know.

 President: Hal Mann  hfmann@buckeye-express.com
Vice President
: Jan Hunter   nnn@naturallynative.net
Secretary: Chris Boggs chrisboggs@bex.net
Treasurer: Ann Krause  aekmcb@gmail.com
Past-President: Denise Gehring  dhgehring@gmail.com