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Events Archive: 2022 | 2023 | Upcoming Events

February 2023

Feb
6

February Member Meeting/Presentation: PLANT COMMUNITIES AND SOIL ECOLOGY

Monday, February 6th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Dr. Deborah Marr of IU South Bend will share research on ways that soil fungi affect the success of invasive species, as well as ways to improve soil ecology to support native plant restorations. 

March 2023

Mar
6

March Member Meeting/Presentation: Invasive Species

Monday, March 6th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Mandi Glanz, SICIM Regional Specialist, will talk about the agency’s mission, invasive species identification, removing invasive species from residential areas and replacing them with native species.

*  St. Joseph/Marshall Invasive Plant Partnership (SMIPP) will be joining us.

April 2023

Apr
3

April Member Meeting/Presentation: THE WORLD IN YOUR BACKYARD

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Allison Pudlo, Environmental Education Coordinator for the St. Joseph County Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk about backyard habitats, biodiversity, and backyard conservation.

May 2023

May
1

May Member Meeting/May Day Hike @Bendix Woods

Monday, May 1st, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Bendix Woods County Park, 32132 IN-2, New Carlisle, IN, 46552 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

St. Joseph County Parks Interpretive Naturalist (and Wild Ones member), Jan McGowan, will guide us through an old growth hardwood forest chock-full-of delightful Spring ephemerals. Meet at the Nature Center at 5 pm.

May
6

Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 6th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Pinhook Park, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Seed/Plant Sale Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Hundreds of native plant plugs, as well as some native shrubs and Spring ephemerals, will be offered at our very first sale!

June 2023

Jun
5

June Member Meeting/Presentation: Fun with photography

Monday, June 5th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Local nature photographer Ron Zimmerman will share some tips for taking better photos of your plant and insect friends.

We’ll open the Wild Ones South Bend Backyard Habitat Photo Contest! Members, please submit your photo entry to Brian Killen/Secretary by June 30th. Members will vote for their favorite at our July Member Meeting! We are limiting the plant species to those that are native to St. Joseph County (SEE BONAP) and we would especially like to see insects photo-bombing our plant portraits! *please include your name, the plant species and the date and location of the photo

July 2023

Jul
10

July Member Meeting/Native Garden Management Demonstration

Monday, July 10th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Member Jan Hunter of Naturally Native Nursery will teach us which plants are native and which are invasive, as well as effective techniques for removing undesirable plants without using herbicides. Bring your favorite weeding tools (shovel, trowel and/or garden knife, and pruners suggested). 

***Note; This meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month due to the July 4th holiday. 

August 2023

Aug
7

August Member Meeting/Presentation: Flower Arranging with Native Plants

Monday, August 7th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Professional florist, Kathleen Kovach, will teach us how to create a beautiful floral arrangement. We'll provide an assortment of native forbs and fronds. Bring your own upcycled "vase."