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January 2024

Jan
8

January Presentation: HABITAT LAYERS FOR WILDLIFE

This event has ended
Monday, January 8th, 2024
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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

Mary Wojcik, South Bend horticulturist, will discuss how a layered landscape provides structure, as well as the importance of providing all the layers of habitat needed by our local wildlife.

Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. Johnson has been researching and writing about environmental issues for three decades. Learn about the pivotal role of gardening as an act of stewardship in the face of climate and ecological challenges. Discover the profound connections between individual gardens and the broader world and learn how these green spaces can serve as catalysts for positive ecological and social change.  Join Wild Ones for a practical and insightful discussion on gardening's positive impact on the environment and our future. 

Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch the talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

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Jan
27

Soil Health Summit by St. Joseph County Soil and Water District

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Saturday, January 27th, 2024
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St Joseph County Public Library Ballroom

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

Symposium on urban soil health for small urban farmers and the public. Approximately 50 people in attendance, 8 people added to mailing list. 

February 2024

Feb
5

February Presentation: CANOPY AND MIDSTORY NATIVE TREES

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Monday, February 5th, 2024
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map
Live Stream Available

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

Join us for an evening with Jake Crawford, Mishawaka Parks Horticulturist and Urban Forester! Jake will be speaking about our native trees and their importance to wildlife, as well as the steps the city of Mishawaka has taken to improve its ecological health by expanding its use of native plants. 

ZOOM link: https://wildones-org.zoom.us/j/87407304926?pwd=N1EwVjM0czIrL1FNUzliWWV4aktmdz09

Feb
10

SJCPL SCIENCE ALIVE

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Saturday, February 10th, 2024
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St Joseph County Public Library Ballroom

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

Science educational event for children put on by public library. 

March 2024

Mar
4

March Presentation: HABITAT LAYERING: BRING ON THE BIRDS

Monday, March 4th, 2024
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map
Live Stream Available

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

Local naturalist, and Wild Ones member, Jan McGowan, will cover the understory habitat layer, with special emphasis on native birds!

Like all living creatures, birds have basic needs: food, water, shelter, space... Jan will explain how habitat layering is the best way to support- and therefore, attract- diverse bird species to your native plant garden, any time of year!

Mar
9

UNITY GARDENS GROWING SUMMIT

Saturday, March 9th, 2024
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St Joseph County Public Library Ballroom

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

Unity Gardens annual gardening educational event. 

Mar
19

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online and in person at Reeve Union, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Paid Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains Assistive Hearing

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

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April 2024

Apr
1

April Presentation: NATIVE FORBS AND THEIR FRIENDS: "FILLING THE GAPS"

Monday, April 1st, 2024
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map
Live Stream Available

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

Jan Hunter of Naturally Native Nursery will discuss our native forbs and how they fit into a layered habitat, providing additional structure in our landscapes to support wildlife. 

"This talk will demonstrate the many layers of an ecosystem for pollinators. Different species of bees, butterflies, birds and other critters are born, raised, forage, shelter, nest, live and die in specific areas of a habitat. We want to make sure we are providing the things they need to survive..."

Apr
14

SB Wild Ones Presents: How to Bring Your Garden (and the Birds) to LIFE!

Sunday, April 14th, 2024
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South Bend/Elkhart Audubon Meeting, Rum Village Nature Center, 2626 S Gertrude St, South Bend, IN, 46614 Map

Public Welcome Program/Speaker Presentation

Presentation hightlighting what makes a plant "native," the important roles native plants play in our ecology, and why they are the natural choice for a gardener or property owner. This includes native plants' benefits to soil, water and wildlife, with a special emphasis on birds.

Apr
27

WILD ONES SPRING NATURAL LANDSCAPING FAIR @ SJCPL

Saturday, April 27th, 2024
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St Joseph County Public Library Ballroom, 305 S Main St, South Bend, IN, 46601 Map

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

A fun morning of presentations by local native landscaping professionals, as well as information on grants available for planting native landscapes from our conservation partners!

May 2024

May
18

WILD ONES SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE

Saturday, May 18th, 2024
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Pinhook Park Community Center, 2801 Riverside Dr, South Bend, IN, 46616 Map

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

Local native plant vendors will offer a large selection of native plant species just right for your landscapes! Also, education tables provided by our community conservation partners, who look forward to sharing information about their organizations and answering your questions!