Welcome to Wild Ones of Northern Kane County

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 around the country to using native plants.

We will have many exciting events coming up in 2017.


 Join us on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 4N462 Tina Tr
ail, Elgin, IL when we are pleased to welcome Ryan Campbell give a presentation on wetlands: ecology, wetland types, natural history, plant and wildlife species, wetland law, protection and mitigation, and wetland restoration. 
Ryan Campbell is an ecologist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 
(Fermilab). He oversees the management of natural areas and habitat restoration on the 6,800 acre site located in Batavia, Illinois. Ryan 
holds a Masters of Science degree in Plant Biology from Southern 
Illinois University Carbondale and performed ecology research in 
Illinois, Konza prairie in Kansas and the veld of South Africa. He 
interned with Dr. Betz at Fermilab in the early 2000s and continues to carry on the work started there over 40 years ago.

Our 2017 Events are as follows:  (Be sure to check back  here, our Facebook page and our monthly newsletters for addenda and changes.)

February 23, Thursday, CTL 7:00 PM Wetlands with Ryan Campbell

March 23, Thursday., CTL 7:00 PM, Nicky Obenauf, Defenders of McHenry 

County:  Native Landscaping/Restoration Ecology

April 29, Saturday, HH 9:00 HH Workday

11:00 Tour Shirley & Jack Pflederer’s garden

1:00 Fine Line Prairie, St. Charles

May 5 Friday, HH Preparation for Annual Plant Sale

May 6 Saturday, HH NKWO Annual Plant Sale

May 27, Saturday 10:00 Tour:  Bliss Woods, Sugar Grove

Kaneville Esker

June 24, Saturday 10:00 Tour Schulenberg Prairie

Morton Arboretum Lisle

July 22, Saturday 10:00 Tour April M. Williams gardens, Algonquin

Additional gardens to be added

August 26, Saturday 10:00 Tour Lurie Gardens in Chicago with 

Laura Ekasetya and Scott Stewart, Directors

September 23, Saturday Tour, Northwind Perennial Farm

Burlington, Wisconsin

September 30, Saturday National Public Lands Day

Volunteer at your favorite public land

October 26, Thursday, CTL 7:00 Oaks, Shady Solace

presented by Valerie Blaine

December 7, Thursday, CTL 7:00 Holiday Potluck

CTL:  Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

           12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin

HH:  Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

28 Brookside Drive, Elgin