Meetings & Events

Wild Ones, Gibson Woods Chapter Business Meetings are held via Zoom
on the first or second Wednesday evening of each month (unless otherwise noted).

Educational Presentations are at 10:00 a.m. the first Saturday of the Month
(unless otherwise noted).
Typically held at Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center
6201 Parrish Avenue, Hammond, IN 46323.
Phone 219-844-3188


PLEASE NOTE – Zoom registrations and In-Person R.S.V.Ps are required for all events

  • Please check the calendar prior to an event for any changes/updates.
  • All Presentations are free of charge and open to the public.
  • Memberships are encouraged as they are vital to furthering Wild One’s Mission

February 2024 Board Meeting

Members only – in person and via Zoom

When: Saturday, Feb. 3rd from 10:00-12:00

Where: Gibson Woods, Hammond IN

All 2024 Officers and Committee Chairs, Managers, and Position Holders are encouraged to attend.

All members are welcome!

We will cover Board of Director options, our goals for 2024, and will fine-tune the nature of our future meetings.We will be establishing our goals for 2024, as well as fine-tuning the nature of our future meetings.

A Guide to Achieving Your Garden Goals

          — with Kelsay Shaw from Possibility Place Nursery

When: Wednesday, Feb. 7th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (with Q&A)

Format: online via Zoom

* Free & Open to the Public *

Over the years, native plants have seen a tremendous burst in popularity and with that has come a spike in the demand for them. Still, many gardeners have struggled to find combinations that work for them reliably. There are loads of reasons for this but the one we’re going to focus on is a diminished selection of species for the gardeners to choose from out in the wider market. This is where help from us, and people like us, comes in.

Kelsay was born and raised on the grounds which would eventually become Possibility Place Nursery, and went on to earn his BS in Botany from Eastern Illinois University. Kelsay serves as botanist and sales consultant with municipalities, park districts, forest preserves and golf courses as well as homeowners. He can speak on many topics including: wetland design and species, native plants in the landscape, shade gardening, woody production, garden borders, and trees and shrubs for the Midwest.”

The Lives and Times of Midwest Amphibians

          — with Dr. Spencer Cortwright – Professor, IUN

When: March 2, 2024 at 10:00-11:30 AM
Where: Gibson Woods
    6201 Parrish Ave.
    Hammond, IN 46323

Format: Hybrid (in-person and Zoom)

* Free & Open to the Public *

Dr. Cortwright will cover:

  • Ideal features of aquatic habitats for amphibians.
  • Ideal features of terrestrial habitats for amphibians.
  • Survey of common amphibians.
  • How do amphibians mate and choose their mates?
  • How is egg-laying done and what are egg masses like?
  • What are the dangers of the aquatic larval stage?
  • What are the dangers of metamorphosis and entry onto land?
  • Some of the methods on how insights have been gained.

Spencer Cortwright earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington. After further training as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, Spencer became a Professor of Biology at Indiana University Northwest. He spent over a quarter of a century studying amphibian population ecology and during that time slowly transformed himself into a plant ecologist focusing on ecological restoration of natural areas. He teaches classes in ecology, restoration, zoology, and diversity of life.

March 2024 Board Meeting

Members only – via Zoom

When: Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30-8:00 pm

The nature of our future meetings will be discussed on February 3rd. March’s meeting will be a Board Meeting (still open to all members) & will focus on planning, and committee reporting.

Please Register below. A link will be sent to you.