Posts Categorized: Community

Announcing 2022 Garden for Nature Grantees

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Announcing 2022 Garden for Nature Grantees We are pleased to announce we were able to award all 14 of the applicants this year! The proposals thrilled us reviewers–so much creative and optimistic work being done out there! Our grant is funded by our members and our annual native plant sale.  Here are the recipients listed… Read more »

Recent Reads Recommendations

Posted & filed under Community, Learning.

Looking for an environmentally-themed book for your next read? Below are some of our board members’ recent reads.  Fiction/Poetry: A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet. Climate change allegory through the eyes of young people  A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. An interesting take on the future when humanity decides to separate from factories and robots… Read more »

2022 Garden for Nature Grant Program

Posted & filed under Community, Grants, Wildlife.

pollinators on flowers

Calling local non-profits and organizations! We are excited to announce our Garden for Nature Grant Program. This grant is for those who would like to improve the environment and engage the public through a native plant garden.  If you are part of a local non-profit that wishes to connect young people and nature, there is no… Read more »

2022 Photo Contest

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2022 Photo Contest: Native Plants in Fall and Winter At the end of the year, we send holiday cards to our members, and we would like to get you all involved! For our December 2022 card, we would love to choose a photo from a West Cook Wild Ones member. Our 2022 holiday card will… Read more »

Loving on our volunteers!

Posted & filed under Community, Sales, Volunteer.

What does it take to move 11,500 plants? Then organize them into 629 orders for 500 people? A lot of dedicated volunteers in a well-organized system! (Other fun facts: 580 milkweed plants of different species; 100 asters and 250 goldenrods-yay! Good news for pollinators in the fall.) There would be no West Cook Wild Ones… Read more »

Announcing: 2021 Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant

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Announcing: Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant West Cook Wild Ones launches its 2021 Garden for Nature program by announcing grants totaling close to $5,000 to 11 nonprofit and public organizations in the Chicago area. Garden for Nature 2021 grants range from $250 to $1,000 to be used solely to buy native plants or seeds…. Read more »

Call for Native Plant Gardens

Posted & filed under Community, Design & Landscaping, Learning.

Call for Native Plant Gardens West Cook Wild Ones needs a few good gardens like yours. We are working hard to promote the value of gardening with native plants and to educate homeowners, condos, churches, schools, and businesses on how it is done. Like you, we believe that native gardens are beautiful islands of biodiversity… Read more »

New Year’s Resolutions West Cook Wild Ones Style

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Monarch on child's finger

New Year’s Resolutions West Cook Wild Ones Style –By Byron Lanning New Year’s resolutions don’t always need to be about self-improvement. How about some planet-improvement resolutions? For instance, readers of the New York Times sent in their ideas for resolutions to help the planet. Here are some West Cook Wild Ones’ resolutions for planet Earth…. Read more »

Announcing: Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant

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Announcing: Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant West Cook Wild Ones launches its 2020 Garden for Nature program by announcing grants totaling more than $4,500 to 14 nonprofit and public organizations in the Chicago area. About the grant and the process: Garden for Nature funds projects mainly in western Cook County that engage young people… Read more »