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The Twin Cities Chapter of Wild Ones was chartered in 2001 and is one of several chapters in Minnesota. Our chapter is the founder and co-host of the popular Design With Nature Native Plant Conference. As we have grown, so has our network of native plant enthusiasts, gardeners, landscapers, nurseries and institutions who support our mission of educating the public about the benefits of preserving and restoring biodiversity of our native plant communities, beginning in our own yards and gardens.

The national Wild Ones group was formed in 1979, and the Twin Cities chapter held their first meeting in 2001. Our local chapter provides a venue for educating members and sharing information about using plants adapted to our own soils and climate, rather than struggling to maintain exotic and sometimes invasive plantings.

Nationally, Wild Ones has nearly 4,000 individual, household, and business memberships and there are seven active chapters in Minnesota. Become a member of Wild Ones and explore how to grow your own natural garden or yard full of Minnesota native plant species that provide wildlife habitat and a multitude of other benefits. We encourage visitors to join us at one of our free, open-to-the-public events and hear firsthand about our group. 

Events we sponsor include:
  • Monthly meetings with presentations by experts in native plants, natural landscaping and habitat restoration. Most meetings are open to the public.
  • An annual Design With Nature Conference early spring, with vendor displays, talks, and seminars.
  • Tours of members' yards to experience examples of formal and informal garden styles, raingardens, woodland gardens and butterfly attractors.
  • Gardening at the Nokomis Naturescape on Tuesday evenings April through October 
  • Guided field trips through natural areas.
  • "How-to" sessions and hands-on practice maintaining native plantings.
  • Plant and seed sales and exchanges.
  • Plant rescues.

CONTACT US
Chapter Message Center: 612-293-3833

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Co-President: Julia Vanatta
Co-President: Holley Wlodarczyk
Secretary: Susan Tertell
Treasurer: Marilyn Jones
Membership: Joelyn Malone
President Emeritus: Marty Rice

We are in the process of reorganizing our chapter's functions into the following committee structure (below). If you are interested in serving as a committee co-chair, or volunteering for a committee project, please contact Julia Vanatta or sign up HERE to express your interest in serving on one of the committees below. Thank you!

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs: Andy Scott & Leslie Pilgrim
— Help promote chapter events and produce locally relevant and accessible educational materials that engage our membership and spread our message
Publicity & Enews 
Website & Social Media 
Newsletter & Print Media

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs: Jeremy Mayberg & OPEN
— Help ensure the financial sustainability    of our chapter and make connections with affiliated organizations as well as the wider community
Fundraising & Plant Sale 
Partnership Opportunities
Grants & Seeds for Education Program

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs: OPEN
— Help advance the Wild Ones’ mission in the Twin Cities region and facilitate continued learning and inspiration at all levels of interest
Monthly Meeting Programs 
Summer Garden Tours 
Outreach Events

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs: OPEN
— Help grow and serve our chapter by welcoming new members, coordinating volunteer opportunities and providing member-only benefits
Member Welcome & Hospitality 
Volunteer Coordination 
Lending Library

Officers serve a one year term and are elected each November. Committee Chair positions may be filled at anytime. Please consider sharing your interest by getting involved in one of these capacities, helping support the healthy continuation and growth of our chapter. Duties are flexible, and there is a strong core of former members who are still very much involved in the group who will be happy to help newcomers. Board meetings are held quarterly. They often involve food and always involve laughter. Contact anyone from the about list and learn more.

VOLUNTEER
Click HERE to see current volunteer opportunities at monthly meetings, summer tours and activities.