Volunteer

Board and Volunteer Opportunities Available in 2022/2023

The Wild Ones Twin Cities community is 260+ members strong.  The chapter has long-time members, many of whom have supported the chapter since its founding in 2001, and many members who are new to Wild Ones.  Please consider serving in a leadership position or volunteering—more hands make the work lighter and more joyful!

We have an immediate need for additional volunteers to fill the following the positions:

Co-Presidents — Oversee chapter business and activities to ensure they meet national Wild Ones requirements, including committee work and progress. Co-Presidents provide leadership and facilitate chapter affairs, working with members of the board to support our educational mission with our membership and the general public.

Volunteer Outreach — Help maintain a Chapter volunteer database and communicate volunteer needs for various chapter outreach activities and events.  Promote volunteer opportunities through various Chapter communication channels including Sign-up Genius.  Call and recruit volunteers if necessary.  Work closely with Membership. 

Monthly Programs — Help coordinate our educational program season, which includes selection of topics, sourcing, booking and introducing speakers for presentations on the 3rd Tuesday of September-October and January-May.  Currently offering in-person programs at Wood Lake Nature Center with a hybrid Zoom option.  

Summer Tours — Help source and coordinate two or three inspirational tours of member’s habitat gardens, community restoration projects and regional natural areas. 

Publicity — Help promote our chapter activities and educational events in local media, social media, and occasional targeted email messages.

Membership Committee — Welcome attendees at Chapter monthly programs at Woodlake Nature Center and help with registration/membership.  Make sure that membership information is available at Chapter outreach events and online.  Revise and send new member letters out monthly.  Conduct bi-annual “meet and greet” orientation meetings for new members via Zoom or in person.  Be familiar with the online Membership database. 

Plant Sale — We are currently in need of three of four volunteers who would be willing to meet in December or January to coordinate and take over management of Wild Ones Twin Cities annual plant sale. This sale is more than a fundraiser, it is an opportunity to educate and help local residents and gardeners source native plants not readily available at garden centers. Key roles for team leaders include designing the collections, working with vendor, setting up the order process, managing incoming orders and day of delivery and pick up. We are also open to ideas from these new leaders on how to downsize the plant sale into a smaller scale event. There are many member volunteers eager to help the day of delivery, this is a specific ask for coordinators and team leaders.

Members join Wild Ones out of a deep concern for the environment and a desire to change landscaping practices at home and in their communities.  Members of Wild Ones Twin Cities are invited to participate and to support the chapter in ways that fit their skills and schedules.  Wild Ones chapters provide opportunities for collective action and a space to inspire and empower local change.  In chapters we pool our knowledge and resources to transform home and public spaces into living landscapes.  Chapters provide a forum to celebrate and share with others the multitude of benefits that native gardens offer.  Chapters are the gardens that Wild Ones plants across the country and fulfills its mission through this growing network of support.

CHAPTER LEVEL • CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

Twin Cities Chapter leadership is composed of 100% volunteers, and we can always use more help! We encourage our members to step up and become active whether only for a few hours a year or for a leadership position. Learn more on our ABOUT page.

Monthly Programs and Tours

Please open this link to look for opportunities to help set up, greet and provide refreshments at monthly meetings and summer tours.

Quarterly Business Meetings

Currently scheduled 1st or 2nd weeks of January, April, July and October, we meet on Zoom. All members are welcome to attend and learn more about chapter business. Contact us at info@wildonestwincities.org to request an agenda for the upcoming meeting.

Other opportunities include:
  • Greet members and guests as they arrive at our meetings
  • Staff a chapter sponsored event or outreach booth
  • Visit a new member's garden and share your native plant gardening experience
  • Collect native seed for sharing at our annual seed exchange
  • Share native plants from your garden at our annual native plant sale
  • Contribute a story or article to the newsletter
  • Become a spokesperson for Wild Ones
  • Join, co-chair or lead one of our chapter committees
If you are interested in volunteering for a leadership position, please contact Roz Johnson.

COMMUNITY LEVEL

Each of us has a favorite nature center or community garden near our home. We encourage Wild Ones members to become active in volunteering for plantings, maintenance and annual clean up events locally.

Nokomis Naturescape

2022 Wild Ones Naturescape Gardening Sessions

Join the Nokomis Naturescape Gardeners at beautiful Lake Nokomis! Gardeneers (pioneering, volunteering gardeners) meet Tuesday Evenings between 5/6 to 7/8 from May through the end of the growing season (September/October). Show up when you can - all work is appreciated.

Since 2002, Wild Ones Twin Cities Chapter has helped maintain the three prairie gardens located at the 4-acre Nokomis Naturescape, 5001 E Lake Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55417. These unique demonstration gardens, installed in 1998, are designed to encourage people to plant native species to live up their own yards. We often receive kudos from passersby and share native plant information. Connections like this spread the word of the many benefits native plants give to our environment and how they enhance the Lake Nokomis ecosystem.

For more information contact Vicki at vbonk@usiwireless.com or call 612-232-8196. Get on our email list for current updates. Follow us on Facebook for timely reports of what's in bloom and more.

The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers have a new program: 
Native Plant Gardening Learn-Along

This is a mentoring opportunity where people newer to native plant habitat gardening can learn-alongside an experienced gardener (most Wild Ones Twin Cities members) with a couple of others. We’ll do the gardening chores that present themselves that week plus learn more about the plants and animal visitors (usually very small) we encounter.  Learn-along the growing season topics will be presented at the beginning of each session. These 15-30 minutes presentations will then be followed by hands-on gardening time

A few more suggestions:
  • Adopt a storm drain
  • Adopt a spot at a local park
  • Help plant a native garden at your local school
  • Coordinate a community Buckthorn pull