Welcome to Greater Kane County Wild Ones

The Greater Kane County Illinois Chapter of Wild Ones was founded in 2009 as a chapter of Wild Ones. We  are committed to promoting the use of native plants in landscaping, gardening, naturescaping and land restoration. In April, 2021, we changed our name to from Northern Kane County Wild Ones to Greater Kane County Wild Ones.  Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

The mission of Wild Ones is to promote native plants, natural landscapes, and environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones continues to lead the natural landscaping movement as we explore, teach, and change the practice of gardening in our communities and around the country to using native plants.


Please join us for a Zoom meeting on Thursday, April 22 at 7 PM when we are pleased to welcome Tom Simpson. Tom is the Research Field Station Ecologist for the McHenry County Conservation District. In that role he does ecological conservation management, using applied scientific research to improve restoration management, and he teaches educational workshops. For the past year he has produced a series of online Tom Talks on various environmental topics. He has a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

On April 22, he will be informing and enlightening us as to how our native plants and animals may respond to climate change and the future of ecological restoration.  The Plant Phenology Program at the McHenry County Conservation District is designed to help us better understand how our native species respond to year-to-year changes in the weather and how me might use this knowledge to predict their response to a warmer climate. Join us for a discussion of the future of ecological restoration.

This program is free, but you must sign up. Please use the following link to sign up. (If the link doesn’t work, cut an paste it into your browser, or email Kim Haag to sign up.   [email protected])


Modified Plant Sale for 2021

Wild Ones of Greater Kane County (formerly Wild Ones of Northern Kane County) will be having a modified plant sale on May 22 at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center in Elgin. Because of social distancing procedures, it will be necessary to sign up on Eventbrite for a time slot. The invitation for a time slot will extended to members first and then to the general public through our newsletter recipients. We hope to bring back our usual plant sale in 2022. This invitation will be sent out at the beginning for May.
Please note: Our name is changing to Wild Ones of Greater Kane County. Once the name change is complete, our Facebook name will be changed as well.