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 on Saturday, August 24, at 10:00 AM at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive, in Elgin, IL to hear Mary Zaander educate us about invasive plants.




Mary was one of the co-founders of Witness Tree, a native landscaping organization that is devoted to creating, restoring and enhancing natural areas in private, public and municipal properties.  Mary will enlighten us as to how we can manage invasive plants in our own natural areas.


On Saturday, September 28. NK Wild Ones is sponsoring a members only trip to Nachusa Grasslands. As there is a limit of 33 people, our spots are now filled, and we can only take names for a waiting list.   If you cannot make it on September 28, consider attending Autumn on the Prairie at Nachusa on September 21 from 10-4. Nachusa is a 3800-acre preserve of remnant prairie, woodlands and wetlands being reconnected through habitat restoration and will be one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois. Go to nachusagrasslands.org for more information. To sign up for the waiting list for the September 28 trip, email: kjhaag@comcast.net.