Rock River Chapter Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Meeting, 6:00 PM

Summer Evening Potluck and Tour


Members (i.e., members plus partner, significant other, friend, etc.) are cordially invited to enjoy a potluck picnic on Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine.

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Conservation@Home and Conservation@Work

Over 40 million acres of the United States are dedicated to turf grass lawns. Every year it takes billions of gallons of water, and pesticides and $29 billion to maintain our yards. Turf grass lawns require a lot of resources and time to maintain, but provide little diversity in habitat or food for local wildlife. Replacing turf grass with native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees can help increase habitat for native wildlife.

Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter has partnered with the Natural Land Institute to promote this program locally. The Natural Land Institute's Conservation@Home and Conservation@Work programs are designed to encourage private landowners, local businesses, churches, and schools to become actively involved in community conservation efforts. These are programs were created by The Conservation Foundation.

Whether you are starting from a turf grass lawn, have already planted some natives, or have an established natural area, NLI can help assist you in your efforts. For information about the programs, contact Kim Johnsen at (815) 964.6666 or via e-mail at


815 Outside is the area’s comprehensive resource for outdoor recreation; inviting residents and visitors of all walks of life to connect with the county’s natural areas in fun, new ways and develop healthy lifestyle habits. Wild Ones members and friends "naturally" spend time outdoors to enjoy and appreciate natural habitats. Although Wild Ones is not a partner of this local organization, we encourage you to visit to learn about other opportunities to get outside.

Our Meetings

We usually meet the third Thursday in the Physical Education Center at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Most programs are free and open to the public. See Monthly Meetings for more information. Directions to meeting location.

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Would you like to help make a difference by volunteering your time for the chapter? There is always room for more volunteers. Sometimes we need people to help out for one event and other times we need people to help on a regular basis. Sign up and support your chapter. More information. Thank you!