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January 2023

Jan
9

January Member Meeting/Presentation: INDIANA PRAIRIES PAST AND PRESENT

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Monday, January 9th, 2023
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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

Steve Sass of Indiana Nature, LLC, will discuss the history and ecology of North American prairies with an emphasis on those in Northern Indiana (where to see examples of remnant and created prairies and tips on how to incorporate prairie plants into native landscapes).

February 2023

Feb
6

February Member Meeting/Presentation: PLANT COMMUNITIES AND SOIL ECOLOGY

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Monday, February 6th, 2023
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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. 

Feb
11

Science Alive

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Saturday, February 11th, 2023
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St. Joe County Public Library, 304 S Main St, South Bend, IN, 46601 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Interactive exhibits and awesome activities with local science-related organizations exhibit in downtown library for kids. Our theme was "Our very hungry caterpillars," and we helped kids match butterflies to their host plants and other simple games as well as gave away seeds and coloring pages.

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Feb
25

Invasive Plant Removal at Woodlawn Park

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Saturday, February 25th, 2023
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Woodlawn Park, 2166 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

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

Removing invasive Asian Honeysuckle and vertically growing winter creeper from city Park. 

March 2023

Mar
6

March Member Meeting/Presentation: Invasive Species

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Monday, March 6th, 2023
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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.

 

April 2023

Apr
3

April Member Meeting/Presentation: THE WORLD IN YOUR BACKYARD

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Monday, April 3rd, 2023
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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. 

Apr
14

Wild Ones Tours Stantec Members Only

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Friday, April 14th, 2023
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Stantec Native Plant Nursery, 128 Sunset Dr, Walkerton, IN, 46574 Map

Members Only Family Friendly Free Event Group Tour Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Stantec staff provide a tour of their seed collection, preparation, and distribution facilities, as well as nursery greenhouses.

Apr
22

Wild Ones Presents: How Native Plants Bring Your Garden to Life @Francis Branch

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2023
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St. Joseph County Library, Francis Branch, 52655 N Ironwood Rd, South Bend, IN, 46635 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Wild Ones South Bend is pleased to present “How Native Plants Bring Your Garden to Life.”  This presentation will take place free of charge at the Francis Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library on April 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Local naturalist Jan McGowan will explain the many benefits of using native plants in our yards and gardens.  Guests will learn what is a native plant, and the various ways natives support healthy soils, climate, pollinators, birds and humans.

Guests will also discover how and why native plants save gardeners time, money and effort. 

Unfortunately, most of the plants available in nurseries are not “native.” These exotic or cultivated plants do not support our natural food webs. Some escape into our environment to become invasive pests. This presentation will explain how to find native plants for your landscaping needs.  It will also share resources for garden planning, locally and on the internet.  Guests will receive a packet of native seeds to plant at home.

May 2023

May
1

May Member Meeting/Spring Ephemerals @Bendix Woods

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Monday, May 1st, 2023
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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

Local Naturalist, Jan McGowan, will talk about the Spring ephemerals present at the park, and lead a short hike to view these magical beauties!

 Meet at the Nature Center at 5 pm.

May
6

Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

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Saturday, May 6th, 2023
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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/ Pollination

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Monday, June 5th, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

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

Dr. Cassie Majetic, St. Mary's College, Biology/Environmental Studies Chair, will discuss the many aspects of pollination.

Jun
17

Pop-up Garden Tour Members Only

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Saturday, June 17th, 2023
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Asa Wood's home, South Bend, IN, 46615 Map

Members Only Free Event Home Garden Tour Free Public Parking

Tour a member's native garden. This is a self-guided tour, however, the owner may be available to greet visitors. 

Jun
24

Wild Ones @Michiana Master Gardeners' Association Garden Tour 2023

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Saturday, June 24th, 2023
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Pinewood School/Welcome Center, 3420 E Bristol St, Elkhart, IN, 46514 Map

Public Welcome Paid Event Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Stop by our community outreach table at the hospitality center and craft show. The ticketed portion of the event consists of walk-through tours of many unique home gardens in Elkhart. 

July 2023

Jul
10

July Presentation: Native Garden Management Demonstration

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Monday, July 10th, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

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

Join us as we welcome Jan Hunter of Naturally Native Nursery, LLC, for this presentation and demonstration. Learn how to identify and eliminate many common weed species that you might find in your native garden using mechanical removal processes. (Bring your favorite digging hand tool if you'd like to participate in the weeding!)

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

Jul
15

Wild Ones @ Botany Plant Pride Festival

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Saturday, July 15th, 2023
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The Botany Shop, 909 Portage Ave, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Free Public Parking

Stop by our community outreach table at the Botany Shop anniversary celebration. The event is part block party, part makers market, and includes live music, food vendors, craft vendors, native plant sale and activities. 

Jul
16

Pop-up Garden Tour Members Only

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Sunday, July 16th, 2023
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James and Barbara Kerby's home, South Bend, IN, 46614 Map

Members Only Free Event Home Garden Tour Free Public Parking

Tour a member's native garden. 

Jul
23

Wild Ones @ Unity Gardens' Westside BBQ and Craft Festival

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Sunday, July 23rd, 2023
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Unity Gardens LaSalle Square Garden, 3701 Prast Blvd, South Bend, IN, 46628 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Stop by our community outreach table at this free festival for all ages. BBQ, crafts, and live music. 

Jul
26

Wild Ones @ Notre Dame: Green Roofs Tour Members Only

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2023
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University of Notre Dame, 113 Joyce Center, Notre Dame, IN, 46556 Map

Members Only Free Event Group Tour Lots of Physical Activity

Join us for a group tour of Notre Dame's green roof gardens. 

*Some climbing of stairs are required for a portion of the tour. 

**REGISTRATION REQUIRED

August 2023

Aug
5

Wild Ones Presents: How Native Plants Bring Your Garden to Life @German Township Library

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Saturday, August 5th, 2023
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St. Joseph County Library, German Township Branch, 52807 Lynnewood Ave, South Bend, IN, 46628 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Local naturalist Jan McGowan will share the many benefits of using native plants in our yards and gardens. Guests will learn what is a native plant, and the various ways natives support healthy soils, climate, pollinators, birds and humans. 

*Check out the Wild Ones display at the branch this month!

Aug
7

August Presentation: FLORAL ARRANGING W/NATIVE PLANTS

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Monday, August 7th, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Professional florist, Kathleen Kovach, will demonstrate flower arranging, as Barbara Kerby discusses the unique attributes of the native species used in the arrangements. We'll provide an assortment of native forbs and fronds and attendees are encouraged to bring native flowers from their yards. Bring your own upcycled "vase." 

Aug
12

Envirofest 2023

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Saturday, August 12th, 2023
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Island Park, Elkhart, IN, 46516 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Tabling Event

Aug
12

Wild Ones @ Elkhart Envirofest

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Saturday, August 12th, 2023
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Island Park, Downtown Elkhart

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Public Restroom Free Public Parking

26th annual environmental festival by the Elkhart Environmental Center. Free family-friendly entertainment and education, live music, local food vendors and exhibit booths with local businesses, organizations, and programs showcasing green groups, sustainability initiatives, and innovative products. 

Aug
26

Envirofest Table Event

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Saturday, August 26th, 2023
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Island Park, Elkhart, IN, 46516 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Tabling Event

September 2023

Sep
11

DESIGNING WITH NATIVES AT HOME: A Guide to Creating Decorative Urban and Suburban Gardens with Native Plants

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Monday, September 11th, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Beth Schelle is the founder and co-owner of Indigo Gardens and Design, and a Wild Ones business level supporter! Indigo Gardens and Design creates and maintains residential gardens all over Michiana. After several years at Indigo Gardens, Beth began purposefully incorporating native plants into her projects and found great joy in seeing the beauty and diversity of insect and animal life that followed. She now works with her clients to create gardens that are beautiful, but also full of ecological value. Beth will share advice on how to choose the right plants for your property, assess your garden conditions, and work within the aesthetic expectation of your community. 

Sep
15

Wild Ones Presents: How Native Plants Bring Your Garden to Life @ Elkhart Environmental Center

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Friday, September 15th, 2023
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Elkhart Environmental Center, 1717 E Lusher Ave, Elkhart, IN, 46516 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Local naturalist Jan McGowan will share  the many benefits of using native plants in our yards and gardens. Guest will learn what is a native plant and the various ways natives support healthy soils, climate, pollinators, birds and humans!

Sep
23

Wild Ones Presents: How Native Plants Bring Your Garden to Life @ Centre Township Branch Library

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Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
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St. Joe Public Library Centre Branch

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Local naturalist Jan McGowan will explain the many benets of using native plants in our yards and gardens. Guests will learn what is a native plant and the various ways natives support healthy soils, climate, pollinators, birds, and humans. Guests will also discover how and why native plants save gardeners time, money, and effort.
 
 
 

Sep
23

Wild Ones Presents: How Native Plants Bring Your Garden to Life @ Centre Township Library

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Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
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St. Joseph County Library, Centre Township Branch, 1150 Kern Rd, South Bend, IN, 46614 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Local naturalist Jan McGowan will share the many benefits of using native plants in our gardens and yards. Guests will learn what is a native plant, and the various ways natives support healthy soils, climate, pollinators, birds and humans. 

*Check out the Wild Ones display at the branch this month!

October 2023

Oct
2

Evie Kirkwood Presents: THE STATE OF NATURE IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY

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Monday, October 2nd, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Social Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Join us as we celebrate our chapter's 2nd anniversary with special guest Evie Kirkwood! Evie is the retired director of St. Joseph County Parks, host of Outdoor Elements on WNIT, and a Shirley Heinze Land Trust board member. 

Oct
7

Fall Native Plant Sale

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Saturday, October 7th, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

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

Fall is a great time to plant! Plants and shrubs native to St. Joseph County will be offered by local native plant vendors. Native plant experts and landscapers will be on hand to advise shoppers. We'll be joined by many of our environmental community education partners again!

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Oct
12

"Creating and Managing Landscapes for Native Bees" with Heather Holm

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, October 12th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Join Wild Ones Honorary Director Heather Holm as she explores the nesting habitats, life cycles, pollen collection, brood rearing, and general characteristics of some of the most common native bees in eastern North America, while highlighting the pollination of native plants and the mutualism between native plants and native bees.

When creating and managing thriving habitats for native bees, many factors such as seasonal phenology, nesting strategies, and flower preferences must be considered—and with approximately 3,600 species in North America (north of Mexico), there are many unique aspects to keep in mind when managing successful landscapes for bees. 

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November 2023

Nov
6

November Presentation: PREPARING YOUR GARDEN BED FOR WINTER

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Monday, November 6th, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Brianne Lowe and Robert Suseland will present "Who Is Sleeping in My Bed? Preparing your garden bed for winter so it is just right for pollinators."

Brianna Lowe, State Biologist with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Indiana, has been working with agricultural conservation programs for 18 years! Brianna is passionate about soil health, water conservation, and helping landowners manage for wildlife in an integrated, multi-use landscape. 

Robert Suseland, an Indiana Partner Biologist with Pollinator Partnership, began his career as an interpretive naturalist at Potato Creek State Park, and spent six (6) years as the Northwest Indiana Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist. Robert is passionate about wetlands and assisted landowners with the restoration and enhancement of wetlands as the Northern Indiana Easement Biologist for the American Conservation Experience. Since joining Pollinator Project in January of 2023, Robert has assisted small, specialty, urban and other producers with establishing pollinator friendly habitat through planning and support. 

Nov
16

"The Gardener's Guide to Prairie Plants" with Neil Diboll and Hilary Cox

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, November 16th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Join us for an enlightening webinar featuring authors, Neil Diboll and Hilary Cox, as they present their latest book, "The Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants." This comprehensive compendium is a treasure trove of knowledge for gardeners looking to incorporate native prairie plants into their landscapes. Neil and Hilary will delve into the making and application of this essential guide, sharing rich historical and ecological insights about prairie ecosystems, all while showcasing stunning images of prairie flora. 

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December 2023

Dec
4

December Presentation: SOWING OUR FUTURE: Native Plant Propagation, Techniques, and Native Seed Collection

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Monday, December 4th, 2023
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Want to learn all about native seeds and how to work with them? Stop on by this month's Monday meeting!

Dec
10

Invasive Plant Removal at The Beacon

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Sunday, December 10th, 2023
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The Beacon, 4210 W Lincolnway W Hwy, South Bend, IN, 46628 Map

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

Join Wild Ones South Bend, IN Nature, and AmieriCorps volunteers tackle the invasive understory of The Beacon Community Centre's wooded lot!

Please bring loppers and gloves as we'll be stump treating and pulling invasive honeysuckle, privet, and buckthorn to name a few. Dress for the weather. Remember, Santa's watching!