Find a Wild Ones Chapter Near You!

Look for other Minnesota chapter meetings in the calendar listings above...

WO-AH • Arrowhead (Duluth)
WO-BRBW • Big River Big Woods (Roseville/St. Paul)
WO-PE • Prairie Edge (Minnetonka)
WO-SC • St. Cloud
WO-SCOS • St. Croix Oak Savanna (Stillwater)
WO-TC • Twin Cities (Richfield/Minneapolis)


Wild Ones Twin Cities
2020-2021 Programs

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

*While we are still having our monthly programs, due to COVID-19 they will be held online for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.  

Our program meetings are still free and open to the public, but we are requiring registration since we are limited to a maximum of 100 attendees on the Zoom platform.  Please check our website or email Holley for information on how to register.

With few exceptions**, presentations will be recorded and available for viewing on our website and YouTube channel.

OCTOBER 20, 2020
The Natural Gardening Method: Creating Gardens with Minimal Ecological Footprint, Low Financial Commitment, with Maximum Environmental Benefit

NOVEMBER 17, 2020*
Annual Member Business Meeting, including election of officers for 2021.
Art and Nature—Naturally.
A sampling  of garden art made by Wild Ones Twin Cities members, including, Vicki and Richard Bonk, Marilyn Jones, and Holley Wlodarczyk.

JANUARY 19, 2021**
Restoring Ecosystem Functionality and Biodiversity 
Heather Holm
How can humans benefit from green infrastructure and ecological landscape restorations? Heather will discuss ways we can achieve a sustainable coexistence with the rest of life on earth. Models of restorative landscaping including residential and community opportunities will be highlighted as well as thoughtful plant selection, ecosystem functionality, and how biodiversity can be maximized. A focus on pollinator habitat and outcomes, troubleshooting and monitoring of restorations, and funding opportunities will also be included in the presentation.
**This program will not be recorded.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2020*
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.

MAY 19, 2020*
Giving Nature a Home: How our yards are among the last best places for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife
Liz Stanley
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.

JANUARY 21, 2020
Surprises that Await us in our Native Pocket Gardens
Tom Dickhudt

NOVEMBER 19, 2019
WOTC Membership Meeting
Seed Exchange & Volunteer Recognition Pizza Party

OOCTOBER 15, 2019

Tools for Finding and Exploring the Rich Natural World of the Twin Cities
John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
America’s Flyways: Challenges and Opportunities
Don Arnosti, Executive Director, Izaak Walton League

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

APRIL 16, 2019
7th 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

FEBRUARY 16, 2019
Larry Weaner, Landscape Architect and Author
Michael Lynch, Botanical Wanderings
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., Author and Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Syracuse
Spotlight Organization: Xerces Society

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
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
6th Annual Table Topics
Native Plant Gardening 101

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

FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Jared Rosenbaum, Wild Ridge Plants
Catherine Zimmerman, author and filmmaker
Rachel Mackow, Wild Ridge Plants
Spotlight Organization: Izaak Walton League-Bush Lake Chapter

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
Minnesota Wildflowers
Katy Chayka & Peter M. Dziuk

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Conservation Strategies for Native ‘Big Woods’ Forest Plant Communities
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 
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
Carmen Simonet

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
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
Dwindling Numbers for an Iconic Insect: 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


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:

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
at Frontenac State Park
Guided by Bonnie Harper-Lore & Steve Winter
10 am - 2 pm
29223 County 28 Boulevard, Frontenac, MN 55026

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

AUGUST 17, 2019
at the Bush Lake Izaak Walton League
10 am - 1 pm
7515 Izaak Walton Rd W, Minneapolis, MN 55438

AUGUST  14, 2019
Corcorcon Pollinator Garden Walking Tour
5 pm to 8 pm

AUGUST  4, 2019 
Kathleen Seal's Gardens
5-7 pm (Date change from July 28th due to weather)
1401 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis

AUGUST  3, 2019 
Leslie Pilgrim's Native Plant Garden Tour
10 a.m. - 1 p.m
1704 Vicki Lane, 55118
Sponsored by Neighborhood Greening.

AUGUST 11, 2018 
Root River Valley Member Only Tour
Led by Scott Leddy
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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

#3 | Sue Light

JUNE 30, 2018 
Chris Burda's Sustainable Yard & Home
10:30 am to Noon
4136 5th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55409

JUNE 8, 2018
Tour native plants on the Roof of City Hall
350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415          
Meet at the City Hall Rotunda | 3:00 pm
Tour by Nathalie Shanstrom
Pasque Ecological Design and Consulting, LLC

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

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

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

JUNE 28, 2017
Storm Water Park and Learning Center
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
Design by True Nature Design, Roxanne Stuhr
Sandra’s House, Front and Back
11:15 am | 4604 Aldrich Ave S, Minneapolis

AUGUST 13, 2016 
Crex Meadows Member Only Tour
9:30 am - 11:30 am

AUGUST 6, 2016
South Minneapolis, Seward, Longfellow, Corcoran
Tour 1 : Marilyn Jones’ Garden
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
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm

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

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

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

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