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June 12 Program:  

Rare Plants and Unique Natural Areas of Illinois, Presented by Christopher David Benda

Yellow Trout Lily - Erythronium americanumSunday June 12, 2016  2:30-4:30 pm. Room 259, Dominican Priory,7200 W. Division St., River Forest, IL 

Program description:  Illinois has a landscape that has mostly been converted to agriculture and urban areas.  Yet within this matrix of development lie pristine natural areas, refuges for rare biota.  Join Illinois Native Plant Society President Chris Benda as he presents the many rare plant species known from the numerous and unique natural areas of Illinois.

Christopher David Benda earned his B.S. in Biology from Winona State University in 2002 and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in 2007.  Currently, he is a plant ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey.  He also teaches local flora at Southern Illinois University and is president of the Illinois Native Plant Society.  Chris leads many nature hikes and teaches several botany courses.  He can be found online under the moniker “Illinois Botanizer.”

Free and open to the public.   Park on the east side of The Priory and enter through the door on the east.  Follow the hallway to the end, turn left, and follow that hallway.  Turn right up the stairs (or go straight to the elevator), and head up to the second floor. 

For the accessibility entrance, enter through the south doors.   There is an elevator, which goes to the second floor.  Exit the elevator and turn left for Room 259.  

Special Event for Wild Ones Members and Volunteers 

West Cook Wild Ones members and volunteers have a special invitation to enjoy refreshments and socialize amidst the beauty of the Oak Park Conservatory.  Patti Staley will lead us on a special tour of the the new IL native gardens as well as other important aspects of the conservatory.  

Let’s get to know each other better at this special event. Reserve your FREE tickets here:

When: Thursday, July 7, 2016 6:00 pm--8:00 pm   

Where: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park, IL 60304

The event is for members of Wild Ones, volunteers and their families. Been thinking of becoming a member? Join here: 

Don't forget Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and OPRF Garden Club's annual garden walk is Sunday, June 24.  Tickets here:

Photo: Kevin McCarey

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Is Your Yard in Our Wildlife Corridor?  It should be....
West Cook Wild Ones has been engaging residents and organizations in creating landscapes that feature native shrubs, trees, plants, and grasses as a way to increase biodiversity in the Oak Park/River Forest area (including Chicago, Berwyn and other surrounding towns).  We hope that with enough yards acting as habitats for wildlife, we can support populations of beneficial species who are here either as year-long residents or as migrants.  Because Wild Ones has chosen to focus on species that fly due to our urban infrastructure (e.g., amphibians would not be feasible), we expect to see an increase in movement as well as an increase in population if  more native trees, shrubs, and plants are planted and tended in an ecologically sensitive manner. 

TO GET LISTED:  Complete a quick form here--brag about your yard!: Wildlife Corridor Registration


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West Cook Wild Ones’ primary goals as an organization are to advocate for native plants, to restore precious ecosystems, and to provide environmental education. We do this by educating others through networking, educational programs and presentations, chapter activities and other events. Because of our membership, we have been able to ramp up our local materials and present to other community groups. 

Join our chapter for all kinds of benefits:

  • satisfaction knowing that you are helping out a local organization dedicated to sustaining biodiversity
  • thoughtful and educational monthly programs
  • discounted admission for Wild Ones Local and National Conferences
  • discounts on native plants
  • participation in member only events
  • subscription to National’s ONLINE Wild Ones Journal
  • subscription to National’s e-newsletter: What’s New with Wild Ones


Date/Time Event

6:00-8:00 pm
Save the Prairie Society's Native Plant Sale.  Plants provided by Linda's Loves Gardens (owned by our good friend Linda Walker)
Oak Park Conservatory Special Event for West Cook Wild Ones Members Only
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Does LaBaugh Woods Matter? Restoration and Why LaBagh is Critical for the Plants and Animals of the Chicago area 
The Priory, Room 259, Dominican University, River Forest IL
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sustainable Landscape Design 
The Priory, Room 259, Dominican University, River Forest IL
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Power of Observation: Making and Keeping a Nature Journal/Sketchbook 
The Priory, Room 259, Dominican University, River Forest IL


Want to help out?  We have some volunteer opportunities!

We have some upcoming opportunities for volunteering from helping out at local public gardens to helping out at tabling events or if there’s another area where you have expertise you’d like to share.  
Just fill out our simple volunteer form
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WildOnes is a 501c(3) Not for profit organization..

Together we can make a difference by creating a wildlife corridor and providing habitat for the species that need our help.


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Thanks for your time and for your support of Wild Ones.

Sincerely, The West Cook Wild Ones Team

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