Welcome to West Cook Wild Ones
West Cook Wild Ones shares information with landowners about how important their landscaping choices are. We are a membership-based non-profit organization. Membership makes sure our chapter stays strong. Please consider becoming a member. We share our ideas, skills, and knowledge with others so that their yards can be hospitable to other animals. Working together, we all can ensure the continuation of ecosystem benefits we receive from healthy, beneficial animal and plant populations. We stand with science and enact what we learn in our landscapes. We accomplish these goals by:
- providing educational monthly programs about our native ecosystems, native gardening, and other related topics to the public;
- hosting a native plant sale, which helps people get ethically sourced and sustainably grown plants from local growers at a great price;
- creating a social media community where we share what’s happening in local gardens as well as scientific articles that connect to native plants and biodiversity;
- collaborating with other local environmental organizations;
- developing online and print resources;
- sponsoring conferences where we have nationally recognized speakers present;
- creating a wildlife corridor (stepping stone model) that offers refuge to all kinds of beneficial urban wildlife.
If you’d like to help us accomplish all of these goals (and more!), please consider volunteering. Click here to sign up: Volunteer.
If you’d like to receive our latest news, sign up for our newsletter. Click here to sign-up: Get Newsletter
West Cook Wild Ones is a member-driven organization. We ask all members to save the date for our January membership party. We will celebrate the accomplishments of 2019 and plan for 2020, including electing our board. We will also have winter sowing supplies and native seeds available for planting.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location to be announced
West Cook Wild Ones depend on volunteers make possible monthly meetings, plant sales, conference, and community outreach. We welcome newcomers to step into leadership and planning roles with our board.
If you see skills and talent in a fellow member that can help West Cook Wild Ones, please recruit and nominate them. Or you may self-nominate. The board meets monthly. Board members participate in a committee, assisting our outreach and major events (e.g. plant sales, conferences), and email communications.
Fall (and Spring) No Clean-up Time
Your garden’s work is not done even if the plants are shutting down for winter. All of the plant material will continue to provide food and refuge for many animals as well as feed your soil (and thus your plants in growing season). You can read a detailed post here about why leaving your garden standing is actually beneficial, even if it does counter much conventional gardening wisdom: What’s in a Leaf Pile, Or Why Not to Do Fall Clean-Up
Sign you can download and print if you would like. Here is a PDF: No Fall Clean Up