Educational Resources

For education-related questions email education@rivercitywildones.org

Educational Links

Follow the links below to find out more about your favorite native Michigan plants and related topics. Some are downloadable PDFs.

Benefits of Native Plants

Gardening-for-Life-Doug-Tallamy

Getting Started with Native Plants

Michigan Native Plant Vendor list 4-16-2019

 

WORC Chapter’s Recommended Resources
An in-depth book list compiled by the WORC Chapter Education Committee that includes:

• a description of each book
• beginner or advanced level
• number of copies at Grand Rapids Public Library
• number of copies at Kent District Library
• download site/comments

 

PLANT LISTS

Plants for Part Sun-Full Sun

Plants for Shade-Part Sun

Native Shrubs and Trees for Backyard Biodiversity

50 Plant Species Common to southern Lower Michigan (a starting point)

 

NATIVE PLANT FINDERS

Audubon Native Plant Finder (enter zip code to do a search of native plants in your area and the birds attracted to them)

National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder (BETA) (enter zip code to do a search of native plants and the butterflies attracted to them based on the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy)

 

PLANTING

Ten Steps to Successful Wildflower Planting

Could you please tell me what native plants I can plant on the drain field?- MSU Extension

 

NATIVARS (cultivars of natives)

Nativars-Statement from National Wild Ones

Yogurt’s Lessons on Nativars

How Effective are Nativars?  video with Doug Tallamy

 

INSECTS & POLLINATION

Attracting Beneficial Insects with Native Flowering Plants

Plant Fact Sheets also with Attractiveness to Insects

Monarch-Butterflies-Eastern-US-brochure

The Mystery of Milkweed Pollination by Dana Visalli

 

NATIVE PLANT SPECIES INFORMATION (More to be added)

IDENTIFICATION

SOURCING

VIEWING

OUTREACH

INTEGRATED PEST
MANAGEMENT (IPM)

“Seed Library” at Kent District Library

Do you have extra native seeds to share? The Kent District Library staff is very excited to accept native seeds from Wild Ones River City Chapter members to make available to their patrons through their seed exchange. If you have extra seeds that you are willing to share, you can drop seeds off at any Kent District Library location (but not at Grand Rapids library locations).

The seed should be within an enclosed container (bag, envelope, etc.), labeled with name of species (common name and scientific), and limited planting instructions (wet/dry soil type, sun/shade). You can include brief germination instructions such as “stratification required.”

Provide your name and contact info in case library staff have questions for you. Please state that you are a member of Wild Ones River City Chapter. Library staff will repackage the seeds in their own packets and put the planting info in a catalog for patrons to consult.

Download a pdf with a list of native species that are considered easy to germinate and a form that you can fill out to use with your seed.

Questions? RCWO Contact Joyce Tuharsky joycercwo@comcast.net
Library contact: Julia Hawkins (616) 784-2016 ext. 2096, jhawkins@kdl.org.