January Events


Saturday, January 14th

Winter Seed Sowing!

Social & Setup: 12:30 pm 
In-Person Workshop: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Wood Lake Nature Center • 6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423

Last year's winter seed sowing event at the Nokomis Naturescape.
Join us this year INDOORS at Wood Lake Nature Center!

Meeting is free and open to Wild Ones members and public.

Last year we braved the elements to hold our Winter Seed Sowing event outdoors at the Nokomis Naturescape. 

This year we're bringing the fun inside!

Join us at Wood Lake Nature Center for this family-friendly event, and get a jump-start on your 2023 habitat garden!

Bring native seeds to sow and share! Please label with the following information:

  • Species Botanical/Latin name
  • Common Name
  • Seed Source/Location

And check out our guide to Winter Seed Sowing!


Tuesday, January 17th

Board Meeting

Social 6:30 pm 
Chapter Board Meeting 7:00 pm

In-Person & Online BoardMeeting

Wood Lake Nature Center6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423

Please RSVP to access meeting online. 

Want to help plan our 2023 chapter activities?

Want to learn more about volunteer opportunities?

Thinking about volunteering for a chapter leadership position?

Join us at Wood lake Nature Center for out First Quarter Chapter Board Meeting!

Board Meetings are open to Wild Ones Twin Cities Members. 

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Check out our current volunteer and leadership opportunities here.

Want to join Wild Ones Twin Cities or renew your membership? Click here!


November Member Meeting

Tuesday, November 15

Social 6:30 pm 
Short Presentation: 7:15 pm
Business Meeting 7:30 pm

In-Person & Online Meeting

Wood Lake Nature Center6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423

Meeting is free and open to Wild Ones members and public, registration is required to access meeting online. 

REGISTER HERE for online access.

RSVP HERE if attending in person.

Please feel free to name your favorite (and least favorite) pizza topping, we'll do our best to have a nice variety.

Want to join Wild Ones Twin Cities or renew your membership? Click here!

Volunteer Recognition and Annual Membership Meeting

Fall nature collage by Roz Johnson
We invite you to attend our Annual Membership Meeting either online or at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield. We strongly encourage in-person attendance, mask use is welcome. Officer elections will be held during the brief hybrid business meeting.

Following the business meeting and election, there will be a short program on Climate Resilient Landscapes, based on the new native plant gardening guide produced by Wild Ones.

We'll also have a native seed exchange and volunteer appreciation pizza party for those who attend in-person! 

Please bring any native seeds you've collected, labeled with the following information:
  • Species Botanical/Latin name
  • Common Name
  • Seed Source/Location


PRESENTATION:
Climate Resilient Landscapes

Are you looking for something you can do to help slow down climate change, promote climate resilience and fight biodiversity losses all at the same time? Fill your garden with native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers! Native plants pull carbon from the atmosphere and keep it safely stored in soil. A well-designed native garden can help manage flooding and stormwater runoff – or conserve water if you’re facing drought. These beautiful plants also reduce polluting toxins, lower energy consumption, and provide habitat for threatened species. Learn how you can put their earth-healing powers to work in your garden.

All members attending in person will receive a printed copy.

Board and Volunteer Opportunities Available in 2022/2023

The Wild Ones Twin Cities community is 260+ members strong.  The chapter has long-time members, many of whom have supported the chapter since its founding in 2001, and many members who are new to Wild Ones.  Please consider serving in a leadership position or volunteering—more hands make the work lighter and more joyful!

Interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities?
Join us for an online information session.

To RSVP, please click the session date you would like to attend.

We have an immediate need for additional volunteers to fill the following the positions:

Co-Presidents — Oversee chapter business and activities to ensure they meet national Wild Ones requirements, including committee work and progress. Co-Presidents provide leadership and facilitate chapter affairs, working with members of the board to support our educational mission with our membership and the general public.

Volunteer Outreach — Help maintain a Chapter volunteer database and communicate volunteer needs for various chapter outreach activities and events.  Promote volunteer opportunities through various Chapter communication channels including Sign-up Genius.  Call and recruit volunteers if necessary.  Work closely with Membership. 

Monthly Programs — Help coordinate our educational program season, which includes selection of topics, sourcing, booking and introducing speakers for presentations on the 3rd Tuesday of September-October and January-May.  Currently offering in-person programs at Wood Lake Nature Center with a hybrid Zoom option.  

Summer Tours — Help source and coordinate two or three inspirational tours of member’s habitat gardens, community restoration projects and regional natural areas. 

Publicity — Help promote our chapter activities and educational events in local media, social media, and occasional targeted email messages.

Membership Committee — Welcome attendees at Chapter monthly programs at Woodlake Nature Center and help with registration/membership.  Make sure that membership information is available at Chapter outreach events and online.  Revise and send new member letters out monthly.  Conduct bi-annual “meet and greet” orientation meetings for new members via Zoom or in person.  Be familiar with the online Membership database. 

Plant Sale — We are currently in need of three of four volunteers who would be willing to meet in December or January to coordinate and take over management of Wild Ones Twin Cities annual plant sale. This sale is more than a fundraiser, it is an opportunity to educate and help local residents and gardeners source native plants not readily available at garden centers. Key roles for team leaders include designing the collections, working with vendor, setting up the order process, managing incoming orders and day of delivery and pick up. We are also open to ideas from these new leaders on how to downsize the plant sale into a smaller scale event. There are many member volunteers eager to help the day of delivery, this is a specific ask for coordinators and team leaders.

Members join Wild Ones out of a deep concern for the environment and a desire to change landscaping practices at home and in their communities.  Members of Wild Ones Twin Cities are invited to participate and to support the chapter in ways that fit their skills and schedules.  Wild Ones chapters provide opportunities for collective action and a space to inspire and empower local change.  In chapters we pool our knowledge and resources to transform home and public spaces into living landscapes.  Chapters provide a forum to celebrate and share with others the multitude of benefits that native gardens offer.  Chapters are the gardens that Wild Ones plants across the country and fulfills its mission through this growing network of support.

Looking forward to seeing you at Wild Ones Twin Cities Program Meetings & Events! 

Miss our October Program?
Watch it here:

October Program

Tuesday, October 18

Zoom Social 6:45 pm 
Program 7:00 pm

In-Person & Online Meeting

Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423

Program is free and open to Wild Ones members and public, registration is required to access meeting. 

REGISTER HERE for online access.

Email info@wildonestwincities.org if you plan to attend in person.

Want to join Wild Ones Twin Cities or renew your membership? Click here!


Insect Tracks & Signs on Native Plants

Presenter: Eric Vehe


Did you know there are far more insects interacting with native plants in gardens and natural spaces than just pollinators and persistent Japanese Beetles? Many of these visitors leave obvious signs, while others are much more obscure and cryptic. 

Naturalist and certified wildlife tracker Eric Vehe will lead you through the basics of identifying some of the major types of sign that show evidence of insect interaction on plants. Not a purely insect talk nor a purely plant talk, but a look at the ecology and natural history of both types of organisms to highlight the fascinating stories of coevolution found in gardens and natural spaces. Guaranteed to give you obscure facts to wow your friends with on your next walk outdoors!

Eric Vehe is a naturalist and the interpretive program coordinator at Wargo Nature Center. He has previously worked at numerous other environmental education sites, including the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. He holds a level III certification in Track & Sign identification through Tracker Certification North America and a certificate in ecological restoration from the University of Minnesota.

Miss our September program? 
Watch it here: