Wild Ones is a group of folks who enjoy natural areas and native plant gardens. We meet once a month for a lecture or a tour of a natural area or garden. Join us anytime!
Call Bob for more information at (312) 744-5472.
|Our meetings are usually held at:
North Park Village Nature Center
… but we often run out somewhere to see the outdoors instead of sitting in a meeting room!
Sat 4/28/18 10:00 am Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Homer Glen Illinois
One of the richest areas for viewing spring wildflowers in Illinois is Messenger Woods in Homer Glen. Dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve, Messenger Woods contains significant patches of Virginia bluebells, White trillium, the rare Blue eyed Mary, Wild geranium, Dutchman’s Breeches, Squirrel corn, and Woodland phlox. It is seen as one of the most dazzling and vibrant wildflower displays in the region. We’ll meet at the very north end of the parking lot off of Bruce Road at 10am. Carpoolers call Bob for carpooling details (312) 744-5472. We’ll get lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards.
Messenger Woods is located on Bruce Road (175th Street) north of Route 6 (Southwest Highway) west of Parker Road and east of Cedar Road in Homer Glen.
Sat 5/12/18 10:00 am Maple Grove Forest Preserve, Downers Grove Illinois
Join us as we stroll through the Maple Grove Forest Preserve in Downers Grove, IL. According to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Maple Grove is “one of the oldest forest preserves in DuPage County. Maple Grove’s remnant black maple savanna and upland maple forest communities host hundreds of different types of plants, some threatened or endangered. Spring is an especially wonderful time to visit, when carpets of trilliums, trout lilies, violets, buttercups and wild geraniums are in bloom.” We’ll meet at 10am in the parking lot located at the main, southern entrance of the forest preserve on Maple Avenue, 1 mile west of Dunham road. Carpoolers call Bob for carpooling details (312) 744-5472. We’ll get lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards.
Sat 6/23/18 10:00 am Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe Illinois
Join Liz Rex as she gives us a tour of the native plant garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Liz is a Horticulturist who cares for the native plant garden, as well as a number of other gardens within the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about native planting design and maintenance for homeowners and native plant enthusiasts alike. We’ll also have an opportunity to view other gardens inside the CBG. We’ll meet inside the garden, at the Carl Linnaeus statue in the Heritage Garden at 10am. Carpoolers call Bob for carpooling details (312) 744-5472. We’ll get lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards.