The Northern 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. 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 aound the country to using native plants.
We will have many exciting events coming up in 2016, including garden walks such as this one in member Jean Muntz’s lovingly cared for native garden surrounding her house. In July we will head to Illinois Beach State Park with naturalist Jack Shouba to look at some of our indigenous native plants. In April we will take tours of the Native Plant garden at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles as well as some of the restoration projects of Citizens for Conservation. Four of our members will have their gardens on display for tours in May, July and September.
On August 27, a busload of Wild Ones took the bus to the International Crane Foundation and the Aldo Leopold Center. Even though it was a misty day, a wonderful time was had by all, and we plan to try to make it an annual event. After an introductory video, our guide Tom Davis led us to the converted chicken coop that Aldo Leopold, his wife and 5 child lived in for parts of the year. It was fun to imagine Aldo Leopold strolling the area as we did. After eating our packed lunches at the International Crane Foundation, we saw a video of the origin of the foundation and the vast reach of their work in protecting this fascinating creatures. We saw the outdoor exhibit pods which had 15 types of cranes including Whooping Cranes. See the whole story of the trip by clicking News at the top of this page.