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.

Join us on Saturday, May 25th at 10 a.m. at Salamander Springs, a 100-acre Dundee TownshipOpen Space property in Northern Kane County.  Our tour will take us through prairie, pond, wetland and extensive Oak/Hickory woodland habitats on the rolling glacial terrain. Years of restoration work by the Township staff and volunteers have helped to restore many areas, making excellent habitat for native plants, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Steward Jim Cudney, who lives in the old farm house at the property, who will be leading the group.

Following the tour there is an opportunity for anyone who can stay to help plant 120 Milkweed plants at Salamander Springs  (4 species, provided by a Monarch Watch grant).

We’ll meet at the main trailhead.
Salamander Springs is located in West Dundee off Binnie Road, 1 mile W of Randall Road at the N end of Adams Drive (where it dead ends). A gravel road on the E side of the end of Adams leads to the main trailhead about 100 yards up the gravel road where there is room for 5 or 6 cars to park. When that fills up, park on Adams Drive, at the end of and along the west side, then walk up to the trailhead.