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.
Join us on Thursday, January 25 at 7:00 PM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church (12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin) for a movie and popcorn. We will show the outstanding documentary: Jens Jensen the Living Green. This documentary follows the career of Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860-1951). This film traces the inspirational story of a penniless Danish immigrant who came to Chicago in the 1880s, started as a street sweeper and became a champion of the environment. Jensen fell in love with the peaceful, wild prairies located just west of the bustling metropolis. The prairie became his inspiration, as this conservation hero fought to infuse the calming beauty of nature into the industrial urban squalor.
Jensen’s vision of a sustainable city was in his time revolutionary, as he transformed the lives of Midwesterners with prairie-style parks and community gardens – urban oases that fed the soul and the body. Jensen leveraged his relationships with Frank Lloyd Wright, Henry Ford and Julius Rosenwald, to stop the steel mills from industrializing the entire shoreline and preserve native Midwestern landscapes.
In a legendary career that combined art, architecture and activism, Jensen helped save the Indiana Dunes and created unforgettable, natural public spaces for Chicago’s west side, including Humboldt, Douglas and Columbus parks, as well as the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Jensen’s stamp, as manifested in the parks that he designed here and in the philosophy that all people, regardless of race or income, should be able to partake of nature, is a tangible and important one. He said, “Beauty gives you peace wherever you encounter it in the world.”
Northern Kane County Wild Ones: 2018 at a Glance
January 25, Thursday, 7:00 PM CTL. Movie and Popcorn: Jens Jensen-The Living Green
February 22, Thursday, 7:00 PM, CTL. Authors Charlotte Adelman and Aurelia Nichols present: “Wildlife Habitat Gardening”
March 22, Thursday, 7:00 PM, CTL. Jim Nardi: Life in the Soil—A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners
April 28, Saturday, 8:00 AM Workday at HHNC, followed by a tour of Rachel Neville’s garden.
May 4, Friday, HHNC. Plant Sale Prep.
May 5, Saturday, HHNC. Annual Plant Sale
May 24, Saturday, Tim Joyce, Birdscaping.
June 23, Saturday, 10:00 AM. Tour of Lake in the Hills Fen with Susanne Masi and Dave Schwaegler.
July 28, Saturday, 10:00 AM. Tour of Patty Goldens’s garden.
July 29, Sunday—11:00 AM—Road Trip to Northwind Perennial Farm with Roy Diblik.
August 23, Saturday. TBD
September 22: National Public Lands Day: Volunteer at the Open Space of your choice
September 29, Saturday. 10:00 AM Tour of Prairie Crossing with Nathan Aaberg and Jim O’Connor.
October 26, Thursday, 7:00 PM- CTL. Chris Crosby presents: The Tallgrass Prairie.
December 6, 6:30 PM, CTL. Annual Potluck.
CTL: Christ the Lord Lutheran Church
12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin
HH: Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
28 Brookside Drive, Elgin