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January 2024

Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. Johnson has been researching and writing about environmental issues for three decades. Learn about the pivotal role of gardening as an act of stewardship in the face of climate and ecological challenges. Discover the profound connections between individual gardens and the broader world and learn how these green spaces can serve as catalysts for positive ecological and social change.  Join Wild Ones for a practical and insightful discussion on gardening's positive impact on the environment and our future. 

Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch the talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

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February 2024

Feb
19

Take a Cue from Nature: Things to See All Year Around and How It Can Help You Design your Garden

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Monday, February 19th, 2024
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Marywood Chapel, 111 Lakeside Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Alysia Babcock will present examples of plants (and other interesting things) found in nature preserves and how they can help you design your own gardens.

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March 2024

Mar
11

Invasive Species Spotlight: Jumping Worms

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Monday, March 11th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting

Zoom webinar presented by Shelby Lane-Clark, Applied Biologist

Jumping worms (Amynthas agrestis, Amynthas tokioensis and Metaphire hilgendorfi species) are an invasive species of worm native to southeast Asia. They were first reported in Michigan in Oakland County in 2008. It is now believed they could be widespread in the Lower Peninsula. Jumping worms consume large amounts of leaf litter and displace or out-compete our native species, not just native earthworms, but also native insects, ground nesting birds, and salamanders. Our speaker will describe the lifecycle of jumping worms, as well as what can be done to control and prevent them.

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Mar
19

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online and in person at Reeve Union, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Paid Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains Assistive Hearing

Registration for this event is now closed, and registrants have been emailed about attending. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issues getting in.

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

April 2024

Apr
15

Rain Gardens: Improving Water Quality, One Garden at a Time

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Monday, April 15th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

Zoom webinar

This webinar will cover the basics of what a rain garden is, reasons to build one, and how to get started with planning, designing and building. Participants will also learn about the many Michigan native plants that do well in rain gardens.

Presented by Rachel Leonard, Rain Gardener and Outreach Assistant for the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Environmental Program. 

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May 2024

May
20

An Introduction to Moth Appreciation

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Monday, May 20th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting

Presented by Brian Scholtens, Ph.D., College of Charleston, South Carolina.

Although extremely important in our ecosystems, moths are underappreciated compared to their day-flying butterfly cousins.  Dr. Scholtens will introduce us to the amazing world of moths, their life cycles, feeding strategies, roles in the environment, and some opportunities to contribute to our knowledge of this fascinating group of insects.

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June 2024

Jun
14

Farmers Market Day

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Friday, June 14th, 2024
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Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Seed/Plant Sale Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Farmer's Market Days are co-hosted by Wild Ones River City Chapter (WORC) and the Native Plant Guild. They feature sales of a variety native plants and sometimes native seeds offered by Native Plant Guild members. Representatives of Wild Ones River City Chapter will answer questions and provide educational handouts. Native Plant Guild growers donate a portion of their sales to WORC.

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Jun
17

The Highlands: An Update

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Monday, June 17th, 2024
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The Highlands, 2715 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike

The Highlands Golf Club, adjacent to the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, was purchased in 2017 through a collaborative effort of the Blandford Nature Center and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. The vision for the 121-acre parcel, now called The Highlands, is to transform it into a natural area for community recreation and education. With grasses already growing, a diverse wildlife population has moved in, including fox, deer, muskrats, and a variety of birds and insects. In the summer of 2022, a project was initiated to bring an underground stream back to the surface. Justin Heslinga will lead us on a tour of The Highlands, describing what has been accomplished to date, as well as future plans for the site.

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Jun
24

Native Plant Garden Tour

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Monday, June 24th, 2024
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Native Plant Education Garden, 920 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Free Public Parking

Come see a native plant garden in an urban setting. The garden features 85 species of native plants. Experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Also, Brewery Vivant (925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids) across the street will be sponsoring a fundraiser for Wild Ones River City Chapter on June 24 during pub hours 3—10 pm. Brewery Vivant will donate a portion of their proceeds on June 24. Come enjoy a brew before or after you tour the Native Plant Education Garden.

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July 2024

Jul
17

Wild Ones River City Native Plant Sale & Annual Fundraiser

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2024
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Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Seed/Plant Sale Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Wild Ones members receive pre-order early access June  24-28.

Public pre-orders June 29-July 12.

Pickup your order anytime between 5-6:45 pm. If orders are not picked up by 7:00 they will be donated.

ALL SPECIES ARE NOW $1 OFF—JULY 11 & 12!

Order at: https://rivercitygrandrapids.wildones.org/shop/

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Jul
25

Garden Walkabout Members Only

Thursday, July 25th, 2024
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Marty Arnold's home, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 Map

Members Only Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour Lots of Physical Activity

Garden Walkabouts are informal tours of home gardens and landscapes managed by members. Come and go as you wish.

Address TBA via email to members.

Event is for Wild Ones members only and their guests.

Marty describes her property as “a patch of wilderness hidden deep inside the city of Grand Rapids.” When she and her husband bought the 2.5 acre vacant lot in 1988 it was a ragged lawn and a wooded ravine clogged with invasive species and neighborhood trash. Over the decades they’ve added hundreds of native trees, shrubs, no-mow grass, perennials and ferns. In 2018 they purchased 4.5 acres of adjacent property. Since then, Marty has added an oak savanna, an emergent woodland, a rain garden and bioswale, a shady “hidden garden” and colorful beds of wildflowers. "I love the idea that our land is healthier and more diverse than it has been in 150 years,”  Marty says. “All along the way, I’ve relied on Wild Ones and Kent Conservation District for native plants and great advice. I hope you visit my work-in-progress."

August 2024

Aug
10

Garden Walkabout Members Only

Saturday, August 10th, 2024
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Marcia Carrick's home, Byron Center, MI, 49315 Map

Members Only Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour Lots of Physical Activity

Garden Walkabouts are informal tours of home gardens and landscapes managed by members. Come and go as you wish.

Address TBA via email to Wild Ones River City members.

Event is for Wild Ones members only and their guests.

Garden description to come.

Aug
16

Farmers Market Day

Friday, August 16th, 2024
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Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Seed/Plant Sale Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Farmer's Market Days are co-hosted by Wild Ones River City Chapter (WORC) and the Native Plant Guild. They feature sales of a variety native plants and sometimes native seeds offered by Native Plant Guild members. Representatives of Wild Ones River City Chapter will answer questions and provide educational handouts. Native Plant Guild growers donate a portion of their sales to WORC.

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Aug
19

Flat Iron Lake Nature Preserve Tour

Monday, August 19th, 2024
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Flat Iron Lake Nature Preserve, 11570 Hart St NE, Greenville, MI, 48838 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Home Garden Tour Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike

Flat Iron Lake Nature Preserve is in Kent County's Oakfield Township, approximately 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids. The preserve was the idea of Fritz and Carol Rottman, who owned much of the property and wished to see the space preserved for green space and scientific study. The property includes a 25 acre kettle lake, 13 acres of forest, and an 18 acre created prairie. River City Wild Ones originally visited the property in 2011. This nature hike will showcase changes over the past several years.

Aug
22

Garden Walkabout Members Only

Thursday, August 22nd, 2024
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Linda Trier's home, Spring Lake, MI, 49456 Map

Members Only Family Friendly Home Garden Tour Lots of Physical Activity

Garden Walkabouts are informal tours of home gardens and landscapes managed by members. Come and go as you wish.

Address TBA via email to members.

Event is for Wild Ones members only and their guests.

Garden description to come.

Aug
22

"Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants" with Sarah Gray & Coralie Palmer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, August 22nd, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native plants can enhance biodiversity and support ecosystems in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants” featuring Sarah Gray and Coralie Palmer from the Indiana Native Plant Society.

Native plants are essential for maintaining biodiversity as they provide food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects. By incorporating native plants into your landscape, you can create a thriving ecosystem that supports local fauna and flora. These plants are well-adapted to local environmental conditions, making them more resilient to climate change and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Attendees will learn how native plants can improve soil health, enhance water retention, and contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant ecosystem.

Sara and Coralie are part of the Indiana Native Plant Society (INPS) Landscaping team, and they have collaborated on diverse projects across Indiana, including native planting schemes for schools, community gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Humane Society. Their new design for Indianapolis reflects typical sub-divisions in Indiana and considers future climate challenges, such as increased flooding and hotter, drier summers. The design features resilient, native Indiana plants that thrive in local soil conditions and contribute to the ecosystem.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading experts in native plants! Participants will gain practical insights into native garden designs and learn how tailored landscaping can support wildlife, promote ecological balance, and help restore natural habitats. 

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September 2024

Sep
16

Human Ecology

Monday, September 16th, 2024
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Marywood Chapel, 111 Lakeside Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Free Public Parking

Presented by William Kirst, Founder, Ann Arbor Adapt Community Supported Ecology.

The default Western thinking about ecosystems is to see humans as outside, objective observers, except in cases where we are actively degrading or interacting with areas we have designated as ‘nature’. However, not only are humans a part of our ecosystem, our interactions with other humans are arguably some of the most important transactions in the ecological web of our neighborhoods. What does this mean for us? How can we use this perspective to foster positive change?  And what does it mean to be a good neighbor to all?

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Sep
19

"The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows" with Heather McCargo

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 19th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore the ecological and aesthetic advantages of hedges and hedgerows in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows” with Heather McCargo, founder of Wild Seed Project.

Native hedgerows are diverse plantings of woody plants from shrubs to small trees along with herbaceous groundcovers at their base.  Learn how these low-maintenance and sustainable plantings of shrubs, trees, and groundcovers can enhance biodiversity, provide critical habitats for wildlife, and contribute to climate resilience. Discover practical tips for designing and implementing hedgerows in various landscapes, from farms to urban settings, and understand their role in supporting pollinators, birds, and soil health. 

 You will also learn about Heather McCargo and the Wild Seed Project's latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Portland, ME. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading expert in native plant restoration and take your landscaping skills to the next level. 

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Sep
20

Farmers Market Day

Friday, September 20th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Seed/Plant Sale Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Farmer's Market Days are co-hosted by Wild Ones River City Chapter (WORC) and the Native Plant Guild. They feature sales of a variety native plants and sometimes native seeds offered by Native Plant Guild members. Representatives of Wild Ones River City Chapter will answer questions and provide educational handouts. Native Plant Guild growers donate a portion of their sales to WORC.

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October 2024

Oct
9

Garden Walkabout Members Only

Wednesday, October 9th, 2024
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Marty MacCleery's home, Ada, MI, 49301 Map

Members Only Family Friendly Home Garden Tour

Garden Walkabouts are informal tours of home gardens and landscapes managed by members. Come and go as you wish.

Address TBA via email to members.

Event is for Wild Ones members only and their guests.

Garden description to come.

Oct
21

Gardening for Bluebirds and Other Wildlife

Monday, October 21st, 2024
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Marywood Chapel, 111 Lakeside Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Free Public Parking

Presented by John Harville, Berrien County Coordinator for The Michigan Bluebird Society. He will share his expertise and strategies to attract bluebirds and other wildlife to your yard.

Oct
24

"Matrix Landscape Design" with Benjamin Vogt

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 24th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn how to use high-density plantings that replicate natural ecosystems in aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing ecological functions while reducing maintenance efforts in our upcoming Wild One’s national webinar, “Matrix Landscape Design” with author, landscape designer, activist, and educator Benjamin Vogt.

Matrix planting is a landscape design approach that mimics natural ecosystems by closely planting and layering compatible perennials and grasses to cover the soil, provide more ecosystem services, and eliminate the need for wood mulch or aggressive weeding.  Join Wild Ones for a webinar to learn how author, educator, and landscape designer Benjamin Vogt applies this approach to create stunning native gardens. Learn the principles behind this method, its ecological benefits, and practical steps to implement matrix planting in your own garden. 

You will also learn about Benjamin’s latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Lincoln, NE. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading voice in natural garden design and take your gardening skills to the next level. Register now to secure your spot! 

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November 2024

Nov
11

Annual Chapter Meeting and Seed Swap

Monday, November 11th, 2024
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Marywood Chapel, 111 Lakeside Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Seed/Plant Swap Free Public Parking

A wrap-up of chapter activities and seed swap.