Welcome to Northern Kane County Wild Ones

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 preservebiodiversity 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 to welcome back Joey Cavataio who captivated us last year with his fascinating and informative presentation on amphibians. He is returning to share with us a passion for the much maligned reptile: the snake. Be prepared to love snakes as much as Joey does.

Thursday, February 27, 7 PM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin, IL 60124





Start in Your Yard: Doug Tallamy presentation on Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 AM at the Centre of Elgin.


Put it on your calendar, and register on Eventbrite.

This event is free, but don’t delay; you won’t want to miss out—space is limited—you need to register.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/start-in-your-yard-tickets-95013294321


Dr. Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He has had years of experience studying how insects and other wildlife interact with plants and how those interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. In his book Bringing Nature Home, he opened our eyes to the need for native plants to protect the earth’s habitat.


Dr. Tallamy’s new book: Nature’s Best Hope takes us further and is about fixing problems. He is not asking for us to sacrifice today that will build a better world in the future, but to take actions that will create immediate short-term gains for humans. It is not enough to consign natural habitats to parks, as they are to small and separated from each other. More that 83% of the land in the United States is privately owned. If conservation is to happen today, it must happen on private property. He is proposing a new environmental ethic: the homegrown national park. Start in your yard. Restore the habitats where you live.


Come be inspired through picture and story. You will go away with renewed purpose, eager to get outdoors and create your own homegrown national park.


This FREE event is presented by Wild Ones of Northern Kane County and its sponsoring partners