Welcome to Wild Ones of West Cook

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

2020 Naturally Beautiful Conference with Doug Tallamy Postponed

We’re very disappointed to cancel our April 4 date at Unity Temple for the Naturally Beautiful Conference featuring Doug Tallamy. It’s become necessary in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We hope to offer you a chance to hear and meet Doug at a rescheduled conference later this year. In the meantime, as we adapt to this new environment for public gatherings, we will plan exciting events to bring to you virtually. Stay tuned!

Eventbrite will refund your ticket price, though not the processing fee, in coming days. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we begin this process.

Also, watch for announcements about our annual native plant sale June 6. Online orders will be accepted starting March 23.

We hope you will stay healthy and take time to get out and enjoy spring in your garden and in our natural areas with your family and friends.

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