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 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.






Please join us for an exciting presentation by artist Joel Sheesley on Thursday, February 28 at 7PM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin.

In partnership with the Conservation Foundation, plein air and studio artist Joel Sheesley, emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, painted 73 landscapes over a two-year period in all seasons — depicting the Fox River and watershed from West Dundee to Ottawa, where the Fox River joins the Illinois River. If you have spent any time in the Fox River area, you will recognize the setting of many of his beautiful paintings. He captures the essence of this area.


Joel is also a gifted presenter. He is very connected to the Earth as a motif and talks about its spiritual connection to us. As he states in his book, A Fox River Testimony, “We must all strive to construct a vision of the landscape that incorporates multiple references with the actual resilience and vulnerability of the land before us.” (p. 61)

The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative is an environmental education and outreach program about the Fox River and the Fox Valley. Through “Art of the Fox” the foundation hopes to broaden interest in the health of the Fox River by appealing to the river’s aesthetic value.

(Picture is one of the 73 paintings produced by Joel Shelley.)