Community Events

Lots of organizations conduct activities relating to native plants. Check out some of the offerings below and expand your horizons.

Native Trees for Small Spaces – Blooming Boulevards

Saturday, May 610:00 – 11:00

All-star bird- and pollinator- friendly small native trees & shrubs.

DNR Bird Migration Forum

Tuesday, May 96:00 – 9:00pm
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will continue its popular Wildlife Through Forestry series of special events May 9 with a bird migration forum being presented on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Bumble Bee Banquet – Sponsored by Wild Ones Prairie Edge in MN

Wednesday, May 108:00 – 9:00pm

Bumble bees (Bombus) are by far the most charismatic and recognizable native bees. To help bumble bees thrive, we must understand their life cycle, nesting behaviors, and nutritional needs. Heather Holm will illustrate the bumble bee life cycle through the growing season, the importance of selecting the right native (woody and herbaceous) plants to meet the nutritional needs of the queens, workers, males, and gynes, bumble bee habitat enhancement, and factors impacting bumble bee populations.

Shade Gardens: Hosted by Wild Ones Jo Daviess County, IL

Monday, May 157:00 – 8:00pm–rrTkrHNdJVSkjdB-JT8QyWQGZ07_5
Erin Garrett will provide valuable information on how and why plant natives under trees. Learn the ecological benefits of planting natives underneath trees and explore your options when it comes to choosing shade tolerant native plants.

Pollinator-Friendly Container Gardens – Blooming Boulevards

Saturday, May 2010:00 – 11:00am

Native container gardening is a new frontier – beautiful & beneficial!

Ethnobotany in Illinois: Native Plants and Indigenous Culture – Wild Ones West Cook IL Chapter

Sunday, May 213:30 – 4:30pm
Many of us who are passionate about native-plant gardening are not aware of the ways in which the plants of our region have been or are now being used by Native people, nor how central they are to Indigenous culture. Gina Roxas, a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, will talk about native plants from a Native American cultural perspective.

Babbling Brooks- What are they trying to tell us?

Tuesday, June 68:00 – 9:00pm
Jeff Weiss, of the Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watershed Partnership will discus the multiple stressors to our rivers, streams and wetlands