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 booth. Most programs are free and open to the public. Programs are suject to change. For more information contact the program chair.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Meeting, 6:00 PM

NOTE: Different location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford,
4848 Turner Street, Rockford, 61107
NOTE: Different time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Member Potluck and Seed Exchange

Typically, November has been the time for our chapter’s annual potluck (members only, i.e. member plus partner, significant other, friend, etc.), annual report from the board, and seed exchange. Our president will present the annual report. This will be a wonderful celebration of the various ways we have positively impacted our community and our environment throughout the year. The potluck is also a great time to reconnect with longer-standing members, as well as to get to know our newer members. Even if you haven’t attended any meetings or events this year, you are warmly invited to join us at the potluck.

Please note the different location. The UU Church is near the intersection of Alpine Road and East State Street in Rockford. Also note the different time! Come at 6:00 p.m. (or as close to that for working folks as you can) so we’ll have time to eat, listen to the board report, and enjoy the program. Bring your own table service (eating utensils, silverware, cups, and napkins) and a dish to pass (salad, vegetable, or dessert). If you are concerned about being environmentally friendly, consider bringing table service items that are reusable, rather than disposable items that will go to the landfill. Lasagna (both meat and meatless) and drinks will be provided.

Bring seeds that you have collected from natives in your yard or landscape project to share during the exchange. Please put them in envelopes or baggies labeled with common name, scientific name (if you know it), and place of origin (e.g., Winnebago County, Wild Ones plant sale, or other source), and your name, in case anyone has questions (such as “how does the plant grow?”). Seeds do not need to be cleaned and ready for planting. For newer members: We always have lots of seeds, and even if you are new to this and don’t have any seeds to share, you are still welcome to go home with some seeds. We want to share, as this increases the chances of more and more native plants growing in our communities. Anyone may take seeds, and you do not have to bring seeds in order to take seeds!

If you are not a member yet, this is a great time to join and participate in one of the fun member benefits. Come help us celebrate another successful year of introducing the community to the benefits and joys of native landscaping!

This program is for Wild Ones members only. Call (815) 332.3343 for more information.


2017 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 version of the Event Schedule.

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

Meeting room at Rock Valley College

January 19, 2017 (Thu)

Seed Collection and Propagation of Native Plants
Ed Cope, Restoration Ecologist, Natural Land Institute

Mid February to April 20

Woodland Plant Sale
Orders due: April 20
Pickup dates: April 28 & 29
See the brochure for plant list and order form.

February 16, 2017 (Thu)

Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers of Illinois
Chris Benda, Botanist on his own (Illinois Botanizer) and works part-time at the Illinois Natural History Survey

Mid March to May

Prairie Plant Sale
Orders due: April 30
Pickup dates: May 19 & 20

March 16, 2017 (Thu)

Conducting a Woodland Prescribed Burn
Russell Brunner, Byron Forest Preserve District

April 20, 2017 (Thu)

Trends in Backyard Wildlife
Jack MacRae, Natural Historian of the Chicago Region

May 18, 2017 (Thu)

Ornamental Invasive Plants: Their threat to natural areas and native communities
Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

June 15, 2017 (Thu)

Gardening with Nature
Ray Wiggers, Author and science educator

July 13, 2017 (Thu) 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The Pollination of Native Plants
Heather Holm, Author of books and lecturer on insect pollinators
Free to members, all others, suggested donation of just $5.
Northern Illinois University 8500 E. State St. Rockford

July 15 & 16, 2017 (Fri & Sat)

Yard Tours
Free and open to the public.
Download the brochure which lists the sites.

Mid-July to September

Tree & Shrub Sale
Orders due: August 25
Pickup dates: Sept. 1 & 2

August 17, 2017 (Thu)

Member Potluck/Yard Tour
Members and invited guests of members tour a member's yard and share a potluck dinner.

September 21, 2017 (Thu)

Oak Savannas: Ecology, History, and Restoration
Stephen Packard, Wild Ones Honorary Director, Ecologist, Conservationist

October 19, 2017 (Thu)

Backyard Kids "Wild" About Nature
Don Miller, Nature Educator and Grandpa

November 16, 2017 (Thu)

Member Pot Luck, Seed Exchange & Annual Meeting
Members only, all members welcome with or without seeds. Bring a dish to share.

December - No meeting, Happy Holidays.