Native Plant Garden Tours are free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 3-5 pm
Kathleen Seal
1401 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis 

Wednesday, August 14th | 6 pm
Corcorcon Pollinator Garden Walking Tour

Come tour 24 new pollinator boulevard gardens planted by community volunteers across the neighborhood, and a few established native gardens for inspiration this summer! 
Maps will be available at two locations, on either end of the Corcoran neighborhood. Check back soon for more details!
See More about the Corcoran Pollinator Project here!

from 10 am - 1 pm on Saturday, August 17th
at the Bush Lake Izaak Walton League
7515 Izaak Walton Rd W, Minneapolis, MN 55438
WOTC Members are invited for a special tour of the Izaak Walton League's beautiful property on Bush Lake! Bring your own lunch and enjoy a the view of August wildflowers along the shore of this natural gem within the Twin Cities Metro! More details coming soon!


Thursday, July 25th | 5 pm to 8 pm

Lyndale Park Gardens | 1300 W 42nd St, Minneapolis

Saturday, September 7th | 10 am to 4 pm
Monarch Festival
Lake Nokomis & Nokomis Naturescape | 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis
The 11th annual celebration is Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10 - 4pm. From the first year on, Wild Ones Twin Cities have been essential partners in this festival. The Wild Ones adopted garden, the Nokomis Naturescape, was a catalyst for the event. To learn more visit  Come join us for the festivities! 
VOLUNTEER at one of the Wild Ones/Nokomis Naturescape tents.

Nokomis Naturescape Gardening
Since 2002 Wild Ones Twin Cities chapter has helped maintain the three prairie gardens located at the 4-acre Nokomis Naturescape. These demonstration gardens are designed to encourage people to plant native species to liven up their own yard. Get on our email list for current updates on Naturescape volunteering, garden bloom’s and wildlife, native plant gardening tips and more. For more information contact Vicki at or call 612-232-8196. Also check out our facebook site to keep you current with happenings

Wild Ones Twin Cities 
Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Programs 

6:30 pm-7:00 pm | Social  •  7:00 pm-8:45 pm | Program
All meetings are free and open to the public.

September 17, 2019

Don Arnosti, Executive Director, Izaak Walton League

“America’s Flyways: Challenges and Opportunities”
Living in the Twin Cities near one of the world’s greatest migration corridors—The Mississippi River Flyway—offers residents wonderful opportunities to observe birds throughout the metro, including their own backyards. The Twin Cities, perched near the top of this amazing bird funnel, brings an annual “river of birds” from South and Central America, the Caribbean, and more, right to our backdoor. But, climate change and dwindling habitat are imperiling both migratory and non-migratory birds. Learn what these challenges are and what can be done to help birds not only in your own yards, but the greater community as well. 

October 15, 2019

John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife
“Tools for Finding and Exploring the Rich Natural World of the Twin Cities”
Novices and long-time naturalists alike will enjoy viewing this visual journey of the Twin City region’s significant patchwork of remaining native and restored habitats including prairies, woods, and wetlands. The beautiful photography in this presentation illuminates 30 places within an hour of the Metropolitan Twin Cities area where you can see a wide variety of native plants and wildlife. Hear John’s expert insight on how to discover and explore the rich natural world of the Twin Cities. John’s new book A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities will be available for purchase and author signing.  Interested in exploring specific habitat in the Twin Cities? Come and ask Don where to find it!

November 19, 2019

WOTC Membership Meeting, Seed Exchange & Potluck Dinner
Join us for our annual membership meeting and potluck dinner, and help shape the future of our chapter! 

January 21, 2020

Kassie BrownRenaissance Soil

“The Universe Beneath Our Feet: How a healthy soil ecosystem in your yard can help sequester CO2, make your trees and plants more resilient in a changing climate, and promote soil fertility”
Soil is one of the last truly uncharted territories on Earth. Healthy soils clean and hold water, remediate pollution, sequester carbon, and help grow resilient plants. Healthy soil is built by countless microbes working 24/7--and they need our help to thrive. Learn more about the vast and complex ecosystem beneath our feet and what you can do to build a more resilient ecosystem in your own yard.

March 17, 2020

Ron Bowen, Prairie Restorations 

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

April 21, 2020

9th Annual Table Topics
Learn the basics of native plant gardening in the Twin Cities with local experts! 

May 19, 2020

Liz Stanley

“Giving Nature a Home: How our yards are among the last best places for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.”
Liz Stanley, avid birder, Master Naturalist, and Wild Ones and Richardson Nature Center volunteer, will take us on a photo journey of the amazing transformation of her typical suburban Bloomington backyard into a bustling naturescape that welcomes wildlife. Learn how she created a wonderful space that delights humans while providing “safe places” and habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife. 



Saturday, August 11, 2018
Member Only Tour - Root River Valley 
Led by Scott Leddy

July 14, 2018 | 10:15 am to 2:00 pm
Native Landscaping in Mendota Heights
#1 | Leslie Pilgrim
#2 | Kraus Native Landscape

#3 | Sue Light

Saturday, June 30 | 10:30 am to Noon 
Chris Burda's Sustainable Yard & Home 
4136 5th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55409

Friday, June 8 | 3:00 pm
Tour native plants on the Roof of City Hall 
350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415             
Meet at the City Hall Rotunda  
Tour by Nathalie Shanstrom 
Pasque Ecological Design and Consulting, LLC

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Douglas Owens-Pike at Otter Creek Ridge!

Saturday, August 19, 2017
Native Plant Rain Gardens
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lutheran Church of Christ Redeemer
5440 Penn South Minneapolis, Mn. 55410 
Guide: Laurie Bruno, Master Naturalist
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Linden Hills
2914 W 44th St Minneapolis, MN 55410 
Guide: Dottie Dolezal

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
3804 Cedar Lake Place, Minneapolis 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guide: Douglas Owens Pike
Guest Peter Original Designer of Cedar Meadows Restoration

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm 2522 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Donna’s House, Front and back
10:00 am | 4341 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis 
Sandra’s House, Front and Back
11:15 am | 4604 Aldrich Ave S, Minneapolis

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Crex Meadows Member Only Tour
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday August 13, 2016 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Saturday, August 6, 2016   
South Minneapolis, Seward, Longfellow, Corcoran
Tour 1 : Marilyn Jones’ Garden (co-chair TC Chapter)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Tour 2 : Common Ground Meditation Center 
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Tour 3 : Liz and Bill Blood’s Garden
11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Tour 4 : Julia Vanatta’s Yard (co-chair TC Chapter)
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm

Saturday, June 11, 2016 | Southwest Area Gardens
Tour 1 : Jeremy & Amy Mayberg’s Garden
10 am to 11:30 | 4501 Lakeview Dr, Edina MN 
Tour 2 : Meleah Maynard’s Garden
12 Noon to 1:00 pm   | 4453 Washburn Ave S, Minneapolis MN 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Douglas Owens-Pike's of EnergyScapes Private Residence
6 pm to 8:00 pm | 3849 Pillsbury Ave S, Minneapolis MN 

Saturday, June 25, 2016  |  South Minneapolis Garden Tours
Tour 1 : Vicki Bonk, Grow Monarch Habitat Coach's Garden
10:00 am to 11:00 am  |  5629 45th Ave, Minneapolis MN 
Tour 2 : Local Roots Landscapers Client Garden
11:15 am to 12:15 pm  |  3660 44th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 
Tour 3 : Nokomis East Gateway Garden Project
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm |  East 50th St & Hiawatha Ave

Wednesday, July 6, 2016   
Tour of Patty's Garden at Energy Savers Insulation
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | 5158 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis


MAY 21, 2019 
Water in the Landscape: Design Considerations for Storage and Use 
Dan Peterson, Landscape Designer and Ecologist, Habadapt

APRIL 16, 2019 
8th Annual Table Topics, featuring Local Native Plant and Landscaping Experts

MARCH 19, 2019 
Not Your Mother's Garden: Adding Native Diversity
Bonnie Harper-Lore, Ecologist and Author 

JANUARY 15, 2019  
Member Garden Showcases: 
Andy Scott – Transforming Lawn to Habitat Over Five Growing Seasons, and 
Jeremy Mayberg – An Urban Oasis:Landscape Gardening with Native Plants

NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner, with
Jason Pruett, Arborist, Treehugger 

OCTOBER 16, 2018
Building More Resilient Yards: What You Can Do Now to Plan for the Next Growing Season 
Rich Harrison, Landscape Architect, Metro Blooms / Blue Thumb

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
Endangered Pollinators: A Southeast Minnesota Perspective,
Scott Leddy, Restoration Practitioner

MAY 15, 2018
Native Sedges and Grasses
Dustin Demmer, Blazing Star Gardens in Owatonna, MN 

APRIL 17, 2018
7th Annual Table Topics: Native Plant Gardening 101

MARCH 20, 2018
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium
Marilyn Barber, The Minnesota School of Botanical Art

JANUARY 16, 2018
Native Tree & Shrub Clinic: Selection, Planting & Maintenance
• Native Tree and Shrub Selection for a Changing Climate - Erik Olsen, Outback Nursery
• Managing Healthy Public Space- Native Trees and Shrubs - Paul Buck, City of Plymouth Forester
• From the Ground Up—Tips on Pruning and Timing - Jason Pruett, Treehugger Treecare

NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Annual Member Meeting and Potluck
WILD ONES IN THE FIELD- A partnership roundtable featuring WOTC members 

OCTOBER 17, 2017
Katy Chayka & Peter M. Dziuk 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Dr. Lee E. Frelich, Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

MAY 16, 2017
Phenology and Citizen Science in Minnesota
Rebecca Montgomery

APRIL 20, 2017 
5th Annual Table Topics with local experts on everything you want to know about gardening with native plants!

MARCH 21, 2017
Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Birds and Bees with Heather Holm 

FEBRUARY 18, 2017
Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware
Forest Isbell, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve
Nathalie Shanstrom, Pasque Ecological Design

JANUARY 17, 2017
Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange

NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Annual Board Meeting and Potluck
Where the Wild Ones Have Gone: A Potluck Travelogue

OCTOBER 18, 2016
Grow Native: Bringing Natural Beauty to Your Garden
Lynn Steiner

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

A Walk through the The Trespasser's Garden
Emily Gray Koehler

MAY 17, 2016

Growing and Gathering Native Edible Plants
Wesley Nugteren, Seeking the Wild Naturalist

APRIL 19, 2016

4th Annual Native Landscaping Table Topics and Plant Sale Kickoff

MARCH 15, 2016

Home Is Where the Habitat Is
Hannah Texler & Vera Ming Wong

FEBRUARY 20, 2016

2016 Design With Nature Conference
Good Design Matters 
Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants
Benjamin Vogt, eastern Nebraska prairie garden designer and owner of Monarch Gardens
Chris Behringer, Behringer Designs, and Arlys Freeman, Midwest Floating Islands

JANUARY 19, 2016

Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange
Carmen Simonet 

NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Annual Board Meeting & Potluck
Youth and Native Planting Project
Kris Martinka

OCTOBER 20, 2015

A Conservation Biologist Ponders Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines

Karen S. Oberhauser, Ph.D., 
Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota