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.  

A big thank you to all who participated in our plant sale.  And an especially big  THANK YOU  to all our wonderful volunteers.  We could not have done it without you!

Please join Northern Kane County Wild Ones for a tour of Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove.   Naturalist Jon Duerr will meet us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 27 at the parking lot at the entrance to Bliss Woods, off Bliss Road. (Turn right as you come in to the larger parking lot.) This tour will be botanical as well as geological. We will walk along the bike path as well as an old abandoned road where plants are growing in the spaces. We’ll see many beautiful woodland native plants. At the end, we will drive 5 miles to the west to see the Kaneville Esker, one of only two or three eskers left in the world. There is only a remnant of the Kaneville Esker remaining, as it and other eskers have been mined for sand and gravel. An esker is a winding ridge of gravel and rocks created by a river of water flowing underneath a melting glacier about 13,000 years ago.

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