Nature journal workshop with Sallie Wolf; Chicago Living Corridors set to launch; make a new garden for next year;  fall clean-up
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The Power of Observation: Making and Keeping a Nature Journal/Sketchbook

October 16, 2016 2:30-4:30 PM

Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest, IL

Presentation Description: 
In this workshop we will create simple journal/sketchbooks and then explore different ways of working with them, in writing, drawing, and collage. These journals would be ideal for recording nature observations and keeping gardening notes.   No prior experience is required, and school-aged children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
If you already keep a journal or sketchbook, you might want to share your own sketchbook practice. All materials will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your own favorite drawing/sketching materials.

About Sallie Wolf: 

Wherever she goes, Sallie Wolf takes her journal, fountain pen, ink, and watercolors. These are the tools she uses to record the world she sees. Her journals are a combination of an anthropologist’s field notes, a writer’s notebook, and an artist’s sketchbook. Her children’s books grow out of these journals. Her most recent book is The Robin Makes A Laughing Sound: A Birder’s Journal, a collection of bird observations told in poetry, lists, questions, notes, and sketches.  Sallie lives in Oak Park, IL, where her garden is devoted to attracting birds. Her website is, and her studio is located at 331B Harrison St., in the Oak Park Arts District.

Free and open to the public.


Chicago Living Corridors Launches

West Cook Wild Ones is one of the founding member organizations that have joined together to advocate for native plants in private landscapes.  

Its next meeting is on October 8, 2016, 1:30-4 PM, hosted by Lurie Garden in the Choral Rehearsal Room at Millennium Park in Chicago. Contact if you are interested in attending. 

Our Article on Getting Started with a Native Plant Garden

Now’s the time to get started on preparing your new garden for next spring by creating a "lasagne bed." This article goes step-by-step about starting a new garden. There is a lot of information on different topics on our website as well as on the national Wild Ones site.  We hope these resources are helpful to you.

Seven Generation's Ahead 15th Anniversary Celebration

October 5, 2016, 6:30-10:30 PM

This will be an event that is fun and beneficial, just like native plants!  SGA has been an important supporter of WCWO. The celebration features farm-to-table food tastings and beer pairings and concert at The Wire in Berwyn
Wednesday, October 5th, 6:30pm-10:30pm

SGA is proud to celebrate it's 15th year Anniversary serving Chicagoland area communities. Food tastings from local restaurants NOVO, Carnivore, Karl's Soups, and AutreMonde will feature produce picked from Oak Park school gardens. Beer pairings feature brews from Kinslahger, Oak Park Brewing, Haymarket, and Wild Onion.

The Indianapolis-based band Brandon Whyde & the Devil's Keep will follow the food and beer pairings at 8:30pm.

Get your tickets here:

Upcoming Event:

November 20, 2016 (2:30-4:30 PM): Rain Gardens for Beauty, Wildlife, and Stormwater Control by Monica Buckley of Red Stem Landscaping and Charlotte Adelman, author of Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Non-native Flowers and Plants and Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees (forthcoming).

NOTE: This will be our last program at The Priory.  We will keep you updated on future locations.  

In Case You Missed It
A couple of interesting posts from social media (don't forget to follow us if you haven't)

Laura D with all of her new wonderful shrubs!
Board Members Mary and Deb at the Monarch celebration 
Families do a Monarch life cycle craft created by Kathleen Garness.
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