Regular Meetings

The meetings typically begin at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the meeting, browse merchandise, check out the lending library and information table. Most programs are free and open to the public. Programs are suject to change. For more information contact the program chair.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 Meeting, 7:00 PM

Nachusa Grasslands: From Inception to Bison

This month’s speakers, Becky and Hank Hartman, will present a brief history of Nachusa Grasslands, including a discussion of the acquisition of bison and their impact on the grasslands. They will speak about the work they are doing on the unit that they are responsible for restoring and maintaining. A brief overview of the flowers of Nachusa will also be presented.

Becky and Hank are long-time volunteers at Nachusa. They have been entrusted with the stewardship of a unit within the preserve which contains both remnant and restored prairie. Their unit has been opened up to bison grazing, which presents some unique challenges.

The 3,600-acre Nachusa Grasslands preserve consists of large remnant prairie, woodlands, and wetlands being reconnected through habitat restoration to create one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (779) 537-8939.

2018 Event Schedule

We usually meet the third Thursday of the month in the Physical Education Center (PEC), room PEC 0110 at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Directions to the meeting location.

Download a printable PDF Schedule of Events.

(Meetings and events listed in green, plant sales listed in brown)

Note, meeting topics, presenters and locations are subject to change.

Meeting
Meeting room at Rock Valley College

January 18

Monitoring Native Plants in Winnebago County
Greg Rajsky Naturalist/educator, Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford

February 15

Changing The Conversation About Plants
Matt Candeias, Graduate studies at University of Illinois, blogger

March 15

Dragons Rule!
Barbara Williams, Educator, Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford

Note: This meeting will be held in the Student Center Atrium

March to Late April

Native Plant Sale

The woodland/wetland/prairie sale begins mid-March with the deadline for orders by April 27. Members will receive the sale brochure by mail. Non-members can ask to receive the brochure by sending an email.

The pickup dates will be May 11 and 12 at: Paulson Farm, 4601 Paulson Rd., Caledonia, IL

April 19

History and Interesting Plants of Nachusa Grasslands
Hank Hartman, Volunteer at Nachussa Grasslands,

May 17

The Threat of Invasive Jumping Worms
Brad Herrick, Ecologist/Research Program Manager, UW-Madison

June 21

Designing Your Backyard Habitat
Andrea Rundblade, Green Key Landscape Design

July 19

Members Potluck and Natural Yard Tour
Members and invited guests of members tour Marlow and Nancy Holstrum's, Belvedere yard and share a potluck dinner. For information about becoming a member, visit our membership page.

August

Tree and Shrub Sale

The tree and shrub sale begins this month with the deadline for orders by September 21. Members will receive the sale brochure by mail. Non-members can ask to receive the brochure by sending an email.

The pickup dates are September 28 and 29 at: Paulson Farm, 4601 Paulson Rd., Caledonia, IL

August 16

Parasitic Plants
Zach and Melissa Grycan, Naturalists

September 20

Birds in the Garden
Pam Carlson

October 18

The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction
Cindy Crosby, The Morton Arboretum

November 15

Member Pot Luck, Seed Exchange & Annual Meeting
Members only, all members welcome with or without seeds. Bring a dish to share. For information about becoming a member, visit our membership page.

December - No meeting, Happy Holidays.