Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

6:30 pm-7:00 pm | Social
7:00 pm-8:45 pm | Program
Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
All meetings are free and open to the public.


Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Repairing the Earth by Restoring with Native Vegetation

Ron Bowen
Prairie Restorations

Back in 1977 when Ron Bowen founded Prairie Restorations, restoring land using regionally native vegetation was rare—especially in urban and suburban landscapes. Not only were native plants and seed hard to come by, so was finding staff who were well acquainted with the individual “personalities” of native plants as well as native plant communities.  Over 40 years later, Ron has built “the longest operating full-service ecological restoration company in the United States.” Throughout the decades, he has helped restore thousands of acres of prairies, woodlands, shorelines, wetlands, home landscapes, and solar sites—always with an eye to providing habitat for wildlife. Join us for a photographic journey of Ron’s projects over the years; hear his stories and learn about his experiences striving to create habitat that welcomes a diversity of insect life as well as other wildlife.


TICKETS for the 2020 
DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE
are ON SALE until February 15!
Early Bird prices end Jan 29th!





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Thanks to Tom Dickhudt for a great presentation at our January meeting!

In case you missed it, you can download his handout here: 


Thanks to everyone who brought native seeds to share! 


And thanks to our volunteers 
for making our meetings fun and informative!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

6:30 pm-7:00 pm | Social
7:00 pm-8:45 pm | Program
Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
All meetings are free and open to the public.


Surprises that Await us in our Native Pocket Gardens

Tom Dickhudt
Sunrise Native Plant Nursery

Dr. Tom Dickhudt founded and ran the Sunrise Native Plant Nursery in St Croix, MN for nearly two decades.  In January as our hearts are yearning for the greening of Spring, Tom will inspire us with his beautiful photography as he documents the wonderful surprises he has discovered in his native plantings.  These surprises will include wildlife critters, native plants you can eat and interesting ways of seeing the native plants we love.

Tom will share strategies for developing a pollinator habitat.  Each of us will take home a colorful “Native Pocket” guide suitable for the conditions in our yard.




We will be holding our 2nd 
NATIVE SEED EXCHANGE 
at our January meeting!

Don't forget to bring any native plant seeds you would like to share!  Please label with both the botanical name and common name (example: Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly-weed) for each species, as well as seed source. Envelopes will be available for sharing.
Click here for native seed collection instructions.

Click here for a printable pdf on Native Plant Winter Seed Sowing. There will be a brief demonstration if anyone is interested in trying it out this easy process for growing native plants all year!


TICKETS for the 2020 
DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE
are now ON SALE!


Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

6:30 pm-7:00 pm | Social
7:00 pm-8:30 pm | Membership Meeting & Pizza Party
Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
All meetings are free and open to the public.


WOTC MEMBERSHIP MEETING,
SEED EXCHANGE
& PIZZA PARTY

Please join us for our chapter's annual membership meeting! 

This year we will be recognizing our amazing volunteers—everyone who helped greet meeting attendees, brought refreshments, answered questions at our "Ask an Expert" table or an outreach event, hosted a summer tour, volunteered at the Design With Nature Conference or our annual native plant sale, served on our board or recruitment committee, or any number of ways in which our members made 2019 a banner year for Wild Ones Twin Cities! 

2019 has also been a year of change, as we have been working all year to build a new leadership and volunteer framework that positions us for sustainable growth and better facilitates member participation into 2020, our 20th year as a Wild Ones chapter. Our November newsletter will have more information about this ongoing work.

As we celebrate our volunteers at the November Membership Meeting, we will also be discussing these changes and asking for member input. This is YOUR chapter, and we want to hear from you...

  • What kinds of program topics or speakers would you like to see at monthly meetings?
  • Where would you like to visit as part of a native plant landscape summer tour?
  • Would you like to host a tour of your native plant garden?
  • Do you have an interest in volunteering on a committee or a special project? 
  • How about a leadership role, helping to shape our chapter's future?
  • Which native plants would you like to see available in our spring sale? 
  • Would you like to learn more about gardening with native plants? 
  • What kind of resources, materials or publications would you like to see our chapter provide?
  • Which media do you prefer for educational materialsprinted, online, audio, video?
  • Would you like to be part of a mentorship program, teaching or learning about habitat gardening with other members in your community?
  • Do you know about any other opportunities, events or organizations where you would like to help further our Wild Ones mission?

PIZZA PARTY!

This year, instead of a potluck dinner, we decided to have a pizza party as part of our membership appreciation meeting. We will be ordering from Pizza Luce in Richfield! Please email Holley Wlodarczyk if you would like gluten-free or vegan options available. 

NATIVE PLANT SEED EXCHANGE

Don't forget to bring any native plant seeds you would like to share!  Please label with both the botanical name and common name (example: Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly-weed) for each species, as well as seed source. Envelopes will be available for sharing.
Click here for native seed collection instructions.

Thank you—and we hope to see you on November 19th!


TICKETS for the 2020 
DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE
are now ON SALE!