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Inhabitat Trailer:

Join Us for a Screening of Inhabitat: A Permaculture Perspective

Co-sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones, Oak Park Edible Garden Cooperative, Resiliency Institute, and Triton College

A One Earth Film Festival Screening

Sat 3/5 @3 pm, Triton College, Performing Arts Center, 2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL

Please join us after the film for an engaging discussion, “Permaculture: Bringing it Home,” with Chicago-area sustainable landscapes, native plants, and edible gardening experts:

  • Pam Todd, Co-Founder and President, West Cook Wild Ones
  • Annamaria Leon, Edible Landscapes Manager, Christy Webber Landscapes
  • Michelle Hickey, Vice President and Co-Founder, The Resiliency Institute
  • Jeff Swano, Owner, Dig Right In Landscaping
Moderated by Adrian Fisher of Triton College

Opportunities for local action will also be shared.Schedule subject to change. For current info on this & 40+ other film events– and to reserve tickets– visit Click here  to reserve your spot for Inhabitat: Tickets

Big Idea Pitch Party:  The Winner Is…

The Surplus Project!  We are so happy they won–they will be diverting excess fresh and nutritious cafeteria food from landfills to people who are food insecure.  Food waste is a serious issue on many levels; it is an irrational misuse of resources (land use, water, pesticides, fossil fuels, electricity).  Further, food waste in landfills is a significant source of methane, one of the strongest greenhouse gases.

West Cook Wild Ones will continue to move forward with our Living Landscape Project partners; while we may have different missions, they all overlap and complement each other.  We appreciated getting the support and advice from the entrepreneurial leaders and from the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.  Our work is truly valued by so many in our community, and we are proud to continue to deliver programs and support native gardens because we truly believe (and know) that what we do is of vital importance to everyone.

 Photo: packed house at The Wire (great space!)

The Big Pitch was a joyful, celebratory event, and we look forward to next year!  Thank you for support!  Let’s keep up our growing revolution.  You can read more about it here:  Chicago Tribune


Upcoming Events:

March 20, 10:30am-12:00pm Pam Todd (WCWO President) and Katarina Berin (Board Member) will present at Oak Park Temple's Speaking of Green Event.  They will share the beauty and benefits of native plants.  Last year, we donated some plants to help them start a native garden as part of their Green Chaverim Initiatives.  

March 20, 2:30-4:3- PM: Our monthly program: Focus on Bats with Trailside Museum Naturalist Sara Rose. She will help us understand and appreciate these amazing and beneficial but often maligned flying mammals.  The discussion will center on local bat species, natural history, identification, and habitats.  

April 3: We are sponsoring a showing of Symphony of the Soil at the North Riverside Library at 1:30.  Seating is limited: first come, first seated.

Nature Needs You!
2016 Opportunities in Nature Monitoring Workshops, Sponsored by Cook County Forest Preserves: 

Click on any topic that interests you; it will take you to another site for details and registration.

Support our programming, events, and public gardens by joining West Cook Wild Ones. Click to go to Wild Ones Membership Page.


Your Input/Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a West Cook Wild Ones member and would like to help out behind the scenes, we would love those who have time, energy, and commitment to help us reach our mission. You can enter information in the Volunteer Form (link below) or send us an e-mail.  

There is a lot that we can do as an organization, and we can accomplish even more with your help.  Let us know what you are interested in doing--we have lots of openings for helping out with gardens, community outreach, seed preparation and packaging.  Just click here: Volunteer Form.  Thanks!

We'd love to hear from you. E-mail us with any feedback at

Want to help WildOnes?

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

Thanks for your time and for your support of Wild Ones. You are receiving this e-mail because you came to one of our meetings or signed up at a tabling event.

Sincerely, The West Cook Wild Ones Team

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