Educational Resources

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2022 Wild Ones River City – Michigan Native Plant Vendor List pdf

2022 Michigan COMMERCIAL Native Plant/Seed Providers

2022 Wild Ones River City Programs List


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

Wild Ones Native Garden Design Booklet

 

 

 


Great Lakes Tree Planting Guide pdf

 

 

 


Homegrown National Park™ Let’s Get on the Map brochure pdf

Wild Ones River City challenges you to “GET ON THE MAP”
For help registering your property on the Homegrown National Park™ map watch our short how-to video below. Or watch on YouTube.

 


BOOK LIST

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

 


VIDEOS

We have an extensive list of recorded webinar programs. View our video page.


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)

To read or download articles about specific species click here.


SPRING EPHEMERALS

Virginia Bluebells, (Mertensia virginica)

Aman Park
Aman Park Images photo presentation of Spring ephemerals in the park

Guided Tour of Aman Park by William Martinus, botanist

Natural Features Inventory of Aman Park

History of Aman Park
by Kayne Ferrier, WORC Program Committee and retired librarian,
Grand Rapids Public Library

Hudsonville Nature Center
Hudsonville Nature Center Virtual Spring Ephemeral Hikes
videos by Craig Elston, Naturalist, Hudsonville Nature Center

Michigan Spring Woodland Wildflowers


NATIVE PLANT SOURCING


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)


PRAIRIE SEEDLING GUIDES

 

Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation Guide

Central Region Seedling ID guide for Native Prairie Plants

 

 


PLANTING

Ten Steps to Successful Wildflower Planting

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

How to tastefully prairie a small garden bed.


INSECTS & POLLINATION

Save the Stems Brochure How to Create Habitat for Stem-Nesting Bees

Nesting and Overwintering Habitat for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects Guide 

Keystone Native Plants for Pollinators  – There are two types of keystone plants: Host plants that feed the young caterpillars of approximately 90% of butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera). Plants that feed specialist bees who only eat pollen from specific plants. Keystone plants for native bees feed both specialist and generalist bees.

Soft Landings: Diverse Native Plantings under Keystone Trees
Providing critical shelter and habitat for one or more life cycles stages of moths, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

Pollination-Fast-Facts-2020

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

Project Wingspan: Landscape Enhancement for Imperiled Pollinators of the Midwest

 

 

 


WILDLIFE HABITAT

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard


NATIVE PLANTS AND BIRDS

A Yard Full Of Native Plants Is A Yard Full Of Well-Fed Birds, By Kathi Borgmann, Cornell Lab, February 27, 2018

Saving Birds Through Habitat


NATIVARS (cultivars of natives)

Revised Nativars-Statement from National Wild Ones
Download Wild Ones Nativar statement pdf

Wild Ones Journal Best of 2017 Yogurts Lessons on Nativars

How Effective are Nativars? video with Doug Tallamy


IDENTIFICATION


VIEWING


OUTREACH


INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)


SOURCES FOR PLANT PHOTOGRAPHY, CHARTS, ETC

Leaf chart by Jerry Jenkins, Northern Forest Atlas

  • The Northern Forest Atlas produces graphic tools for naturalists and ecologists. Their site contains photographic and digital images, diagrams, videos, and illustrated articles. Books, Guides, Charts, and digital products are available for purchase or free download in the Products section. Visit Northernforestatlas.org.
  • Forestry Images provides free plant images (must attribute the photographer) provides an easily accessible archive of high quality images for use in educational applications. Visit forestryimages.org.

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Green Infrastructure 101 video

Green Infrastructure in Grand Rapids, MI

Rain garden at Parkside Elementary in Rockford, MI video