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January 2024

Jan
16

The Watershed--Getting Acquainted

This event has ended
Tuesday, January 16th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Part of our series on learning about watersheds.

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Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. Johnson has been researching and writing about environmental issues for three decades. Learn about the pivotal role of gardening as an act of stewardship in the face of climate and ecological challenges. Discover the profound connections between individual gardens and the broader world and learn how these green spaces can serve as catalysts for positive ecological and social change.  Join Wild Ones for a practical and insightful discussion on gardening's positive impact on the environment and our future. 

Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch the talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

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Jan
25

Prairie Strips: What are they and what do they do?

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Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Baker Community Center, 101 S 2nd St, St. Charles, IL, 60174 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

The Agricultural liaison for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Michelle Blackburn, will discuss prairie strips and how they will plan to use them on the agricultural land the forest preserve owns.

February 2024

Feb
20

My Watershed: Where does it Flow?

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Part of our series about our local watersheds.

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Feb
29

Forest Bathing

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Thursday, February 29th, 2024
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Hickory Knolls Nature Center, 3795 Campton Hills Rd, St. Charles, IL, 60175 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Most of us in Wild Ones know and appreciated the benefits of being in the forest.  Alison Paul, of the Conservation Foundation, will take us deeper to a physiological and psychological excercise called shinrin-yoku:  taking in the forest atmosphere.  The term emerged in Japan in the 1980's.  Its purpose?  Offer an antidote to the tech-boom burnout and to inspire people to reconnect with and protect the forests.  Be prepared to open your senses, lift your mood, and reduce stress and anxiety?

March 2024

Mar
1

Spring Ephemeral Project

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Kane County

Public Welcome Free Event Nature Walk/Hike

This is the 3rd year we have co-sponsored the Spring Ephemeral Project.  Anyone can log onto iNaturalist and record what they see anywhere in Kane County.

Mar
19

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online and in person at Reeve Union, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Paid Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains Assistive Hearing

Registration for this event is now closed, and registrants have been emailed about attending. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issues getting in.

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

Mar
19

Watershed Health: What Can I Do at Home?

This event has ended
Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Part of our series on local watersheds.

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Mar
28

Babbling Brooks and What they can teach us

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Thursday, March 28th, 2024
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101 S 2nd St, St. Charles, IL, 60174 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Free Public Parking

Jeff Weiss of the Flint Creek /Spring Creek watershed partnership will discuss the multiple stressors to our rivers, streams and wetlands such as increased pollutant loads from stormwater runoff., altered stream flow, and decreased bank stability.  He will also talk about how community education and collaboration with local municipalities and area environmental/conservation groups is the key to improving water quality, preserving ecosystems and restoring wetlands,prairies and other natural features for current and future generations.  

April 2024

Apr
6

Walk at Norris Woods with Pam Otto and Ryan Solomon.

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Saturday, April 6th, 2024
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Norris Woods

Public Welcome Free Event Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Spring ephemeral walk as well as celebrate Migratory Bird Day.  Norris Woods will also be inducted into the Old Growth Forest Network.

Apr
9

Walk at Bluff Spring Fen with Corey Begalka

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2024
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Bluff Spring Fen, 945 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin, IL, 60120 Map

Public Welcome Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

A spring ephemeral walk at Bluff Spring Fen with Corey Begalka.

Apr
13

Walk at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve with Steward Kim Haag

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Saturday, April 13th, 2024
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Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve, 41 Hughes Rd, Elburn, IL, 60119 Map

Public Welcome Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Spring ephemeral walk at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve with steward Kim Haag.

Apr
14

Walk at Dick Young Forest Preserve with Mary Alice Masonick

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Sunday, April 14th, 2024
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Dick Young Forest Preserve, 39W115 Main St, Batavia, IL, 60510 Map

Public Welcome Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Spring ephemeral walk with Mary Alice Masonick.  (Be sure to enter at the Main Street entrance, not on Nelson Lake Road.)

Apr
23

Walk at Tekakwitha Forest Preserve with Steward Valerie Blaine

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024
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Tekakwitha Forest Preserve, 35W076 Villa Maria Rd, St. Charles, IL, 60174 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Spring ephemeral walk with Steward Valerie Blaine. 

Apr
24

Walk at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve with Steward Mary Ochsenschlager

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2024
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Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, 5S660 Bliss Rd, Sugar Grove, IL, 60554 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Spring ephemeral walk with Mary Ochsenschlager.  Co-sponsored by the Sugar Grove Enhancement Committee.

Apr
27

Walk at Trout Park with Sue Bohne

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Saturday, April 27th, 2024
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Trout Park, 576 Trout Park Blvd, Elgin, IL, 60120 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Spring ephemeral walk with Steward Sue Bohne.

Apr
28

Walk at Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary with Steward Sarah Kimber

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Sunday, April 28th, 2024
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Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary, 151 N Island Ave, Batavia, IL, 60510 Map

Public Welcome Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Spring ephemeral walk at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary with Steward Sarah Kimber.  

May 2024

May
18

Native Plant Sale

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Saturday, May 18th, 2024
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Gray Willows Farm, 5 Corron Rd, Campton Hills, IL, 60175 Map

Public Welcome Seed/Plant Sale Free Public Parking

Our 12th annual native plant and shrub sale will be Saturday, May 18 from 9-2.  We accept cash, check and charge.  

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