We will have some opportunities this month to educate even more people about the benefits of native plants.
May 2: Earth Revival, 1-4 pm at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, Oak Park Visit: We will be there to share the good news about native plants, and how they can restore our connection to Earth. Earth Revival
May 3: Spring Festival--Trailside Kids Fest, 10 am-3pm There are a lot of fun things to do for children, and we will be there with our own activities. Please e-mail us if you would like to help out at our table. email@example.com
May 4: ProAction Cafe #2, 6-9 pm, Veteran's Room, Main Library, Oak Park: Come and build upon the discussions and projects that were started at the first cafe (new participants welcome!). Time for action now. Details: ProAction Cafe #2
Biodiversity in the News
There have been a few recent studies that support the work that we all are doing to create habitats.
All of this work affirms our mission of trying to get as many native plants, shrubs, trees into as many yards as possible.
To learn even more, don't forget to register for our Living Landscape Conference featuring Dr Doug Tallamy, ecologist, entomologist, author of Bringing Nature Home, many scientific papers, and co-author of The Living Landscape.
We have seven other presentation led by local experts:
Complete descriptions here: http://westcook.wildones.org/workshops/
- Designing with Native Plants (Trish Beckjord, Midwest Groundcovers)
- Rain Gardens (Julia Bunn, The Spirited Gardener)
- Native Plants for Green Roofs (Grace Koehler from Pizzo)
- Small Trees and Shrubs (Conor Shaw, Possibility Place)
- Native Host Plants for Local Butterflies (Denise Sandoval, Good-natured Landscapes and Monica Buckley, Red-stem Landscapes)
- Beneficial Insects (David Lowenstein, PhD candidate UIC)
- Rare Plants of the Chicago Region, Christopher David Benda (Illinois Native Plant Society)
VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Lend a hand for a couple of hours and receive free admission to the conference. Volunteer here: Signup Genius
Read Green Community Connections' interview with Trish Beckjord here: Meet Native Plant Expert