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:

Executive Committee
Co-President: Julia Vanatta, juliakay@winternet.com, 612-382-2800
Co-President: Holley Wlodarczyk, holleywlod@comcast.net, 952-884-1874
Secretary: OPEN
Treasurer: Marilyn Jones
Membership: Joelyn Malone
President Emeritus: Marty Rice

Programs: Leslie Pilgrim and Marilyn Jones
Tours: OPEN
Webmaster Team: Holley Wlodarczyk and Julia Vanatta
WO Phone: Joelyn Malone  |  Chapter Message Center: 612-293-3833
Internet Inquiries: OPEN
Newsletter: Mary Schommer
Youth Education: Leslie Pilgrim
Outreach: OPEN
Public Relations: OPEN
Merchandise: Erik Rotto
Lending Library: Barb Gibson
Hospitality: OPEN
Audio-Visual: John Arthur
Volunteer Coordinator: Open
Print Materials: Doug Benson and Holley Wlodarczyk
Nokomis Naturescape/Wild for Monarchs Liaison: Vicki Bonk
Design With Nature Conference Liaison: Jeremy Mayberg

Officers serve a one year term and are elected each November. 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.