January Workshop


Second Annual Winter Sowing Workshop

Co-hosted by Wood Lake Nature Center

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

A perfect family outing for school aged children. Action packed day will include two winter sowing workshops along with an educational open house. More details will be available soon. 

Please help by saving rinsed, one gallon milk jugs and deep salad containers with lids.

Wild Ones Twin Cities Annual Meeting

November 14, 2023

Wild Ones Twin Cities Seed Exchange, Volunteer Party and Annual Meeting

Wood Lake Nature Center

6:30 Social and Begin Seed Exchange

7:00 Brief Annual Meeting

7:15 Pizza and Volunteer Party

You are invited to join chapter leaders as we celebrate our successes of 2023 and look ahead to 2024. The evening will be mostly about getting to know each other, sharing stories from 2023 and Wild Ones Twin Cities plans for the future. 


Please bring any Minnesota native plant seeds you are sharing in a labeled containers. Data should include Latin name, common name, date and location of where the seeds were collected. Any additional information on seed origin is welcome, such as which nursery you purchased your plants, etc. At the end of the evening, any seeds that remain will be collected by Wild Ones volunteers to be packaged for our January 20 Winter Sowing event. 


Each year we elect officers for 2024. This is required via our charter and national organization. We contact nominees in the weeks leading up to our annual meeting to confirm their availability and willingness to serve. If this is something you are interested in learning more about, please contact Julia or Jeremy. You may also nomimate a member, or yourself, to become a chapter board member. While many board members hope to return in 2024, we do have open positions and will need to approve the slate of officers via a vote by the membership.  


Thank you, thank you, thank you! to all who have helped us make this year a success! Let's celebrate with Pizza and enjoy an evening of new and renewed friendships. We'll order a mix of veggie, dairy free, meat lovers and gluten free pizza so everyone will be able to partake. Please RSVP to info@wildonestwincities.org 


Do you have a photo from a Wild Ones activity you attended this year? We're collecting images to share at the meeting. Please send to Holley before November 11.

Added note: If you would like to attend the volunteer party and do not like to drive at night, please let us know when you RSVP and we will do our best to help you find a ride. 


You can watch a version of the presentation by Heather Holm, "Restoring Ecosystem Functionality and Biodiversity in Minnesota’s Changing Climate," given at the Minnesota Native Plant Society here.

October 17, 2023

Oaks, Fire, and Climate Change 

Presenter: Heather Holm

Co-hosts | Wild Ones Arrowhead, Wild Ones St Croix Oak Savanna and Wild Ones Big River Big Woods

In Person at Wood Lake Nature Center 

• Please register for free ticket HERE

Social and Set up | 6:30 pm

Meeting and Program | 7:00 to 8:30 pm

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Natural landscapes in the US and Canada have been drastically altered by human activities such as infrastructure development, logging, overgrazing, introduction of invasive species, and fire suppression. However, prior to Euro-American settlement, highly functional and biodiverse oak and/or pine grassland systems dominated throughou much of the continent. With the current threat of climate change, it is crucial to understand the past and present ecological conditions of these landscapes to inform future restoration efforts.

The presentation will look into the past to understand grassland systems at the time of Euro-American settlement and discuss how Native Americans managed and influenced the composition of these grassland systems with their regular use of fire. Heather will also discuss the impacts of fire as a strong selective pressure on keystone plants and bees. Pivoting to look into the future using projected climate modeling, Heather will address the ecological conditions today, focusing on oak ecosystems and grasslands, then paint a picture of what a functional, biodiverse, and resilient landscape may look like in the future, and what actions are needed to achieve these outcomes.


Heather Holm is a biologist, pollinator conservationist, and award-winning author. She passionately informs and educates audiences nationwide, through her writing and many presentations, about the fascinating world of native pollinators and beneficial insects, and the native plant communities that support them.

Heather is the author of four books: Pollinators of Native Plants (2014), Bees (2017), Wasps (2021), and Common Native Bees of the Eastern United States (2022). Both Bees and Wasps have won multiple book awards including the American Horticultural Society Book Award (2018 and 2022 respectively). Heather’s expertise includes the interactions between native pollinators and native plants, and the natural history and biology of native bees and predatory wasps. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and many local publications. Heather is also an accomplished photographer and her pollinator photos are frequently featured in print and electronic publications.