Committee/Board Members Needed, July 4th Parade, Show Me/Help Me, Save the Prairie Society's Native Plant Sale, and Program: Does LaBagh Woods Matter?
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Would You Like to Get More Involved with Us? 

We need you!  Even more important, the environment needs you!  We would love members on committees as well as more Board members.  We really love to have diverse points of view, skill sets, and new ideas and energy for the board.  We are deliberating about a Conference for 2017 but need to assemble a committee.  Would you like to help? E-mail your interest to Stephanie at

We are also looking for people to help us at Oak Park's Thursday Night Out on July 21st.  Help the environment by assisting people in sorting compostables, recyclables, and landfill into the appropriate receptacles and by spreading awareness about native plants.  You get free admission and a $16 booklet toward food and drink at this great event.

Come Join the Fun at Oak Park's July 4th Parade


Look at these happy people!  You can join in this year. Spread joy and information about native plants to the public.  

E-mail Stephanie at if you would like to help us raise awareness about the need for native plants to a large audience and have a great time doing it.  Photo: Kevin McCarey


  • Line-up is at 9:30.  Parade starts at 10 am (feel free to come more towards 10)
  • We are in group D; line up is at Adams and Cuyler (at Longfellow Park)
  • Bring a poster with a message if you like

Don't Forget to Reserve Your Free Tickets!
Special Event for Wild Ones Members and Volunteers:

Don't forget to reserve your free tickets for a special tour and gathering at the Oak Park Conservatory, July 7, 2016, 6-8 pm Space is limited. 

July 17 Program: Does LaBagh Matter? Ecological Restoration and Natural Communities

2:30-4:30 PM, Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest, IL

Presented by Jeff Skrentny, one of the volunteer leaders of the restoration team, has been photo-documenting what calls LaBagh home and what is returning to LaBagh to make it home.   You can read more here and get parking/accessibility information: 

Presentation Description:
Does a place as small as LaBagh Woods matter?  

Should a small 80 acre floodplain and upland woods deserve the restoration attention it has been getting the last 21 months?  Especially one that is so heavily used by humans in such a dense urban environment?

LaBagh Woods has surprised us.  It helps us understand just how critical every small natural patch is to nature in an overdeveloped world where many small patches are sometimes all our native plants and animals have.  If we look carefully, it is almost shocking what is surviving at LaBagh.  With restoration efforts, maybe we can help those organisms thrive, and not just survive.

So what calls LaBagh home?  Let’s explore LaBagh together, through photos, just what birds, plants, animals, and what other creatures and organisms we have discovered at LaBagh the last few years, as well as investigate the invasive plants, and other factors, that threaten them.  Once you see what LaBagh is home to, you can answer the question yourself:  Does a place like LaBagh matter? 

Photo: American Mink by Jeff Skrentny

Our First Show Me/Help Me: July 24, 2-4 PM

Come visit Stephanie Walquist's native gardens which are home to many different kinds of fascinating insects, particularly butterflies and bees.  We will explore and see what we can find and work on identification of plants and insects.  If there's interest, she can even go into how she raises the different kinds of butterflies and moths that visit her yard. Space is limited to 10 participants. Children welcome and encouraged to come.  RSVP here and the address will be sent to you:


Last Chance Native Plant Sale!  Save the Prairie Society will have Linda Walker's plants for sale this Sunday, June 26th at 1 PM at the Prairie House.  Details and directions here:  Photo of Tiger Swallowtail on Liatris by Linda Walker
Thanks for your time and for your support of Wild Ones. You are receiving this e-mail because you signed up at a meeting, event, or a table, or accepted marketing through the plant sale website.

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