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January 2024

Jan
6

Green House Orientation Members Only

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Greenhouse, Merrillville, IN Map

Members Only Hands-On/How-To Workshop Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Greenhouse Orientation for all members. Will focus on best practices, and scheduling.

Two sessions to choose from:

Saturday, Jan 6th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Sunday, Jan 7th from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Please follow link for sign-ups to choose your spot!

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Jan
10

January Business Meeting Members Only

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Free Event Chapter Meeting

Chapter Business Meeting.

Agenda will be sent to all members. 

Must Register to receive a link.

A recording of the meeting will be sent to all members

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Jan
20

Porter County Master Gardener Show

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Saturday, January 20th, 2024
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Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso, IN, 46383 Map

Public Welcome Paid Event Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

The Porter County Master Gardeners put on a great event that has something for every garden lover out there!

Wild Ones will have a booth at this event. We will be handing out information & selling educational books. Stop by if you’re going to this event.

Members who would like to volunteer for this event can sign up by clicking the button below. Hopefully we will have enough volunteers to split up into three shifts.

Click on the "Registration Link" if you are a member of our chapter & would like to volunteer

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. Johnson has been researching and writing about environmental issues for three decades. Learn about the pivotal role of gardening as an act of stewardship in the face of climate and ecological challenges. Discover the profound connections between individual gardens and the broader world and learn how these green spaces can serve as catalysts for positive ecological and social change.  Join Wild Ones for a practical and insightful discussion on gardening's positive impact on the environment and our future. 

Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch the talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

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February 2024

Feb
3

February 3 2024 Board Meeting Members Only

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Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
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Gibson Woods, 6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN, 46323 Map
Live Stream Available

Members Only Limited Access Recording Free Event Chapter Board Meeting Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

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

All members are welcome!

We will be establishing our goals for 2024, as well as fine-tuning the nature of our future meetings.

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Feb
7

A Guide to Achieving Your Garden Goals -- with Kelsay Shaw from Possibility Place Nursery

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

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."

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March 2024

Mar
2

The Life and Times of Midwest Amphibians

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
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Gibson Woods, 6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN, 46323 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

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.

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Mar
6

March 2024 Board Meeting Members Only

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Chapter Board Meeting

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

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Mar
19

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online and in person at Reeve Union, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Paid Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains Assistive Hearing

Registration for this event is now closed, and registrants have been emailed about attending. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issues getting in.

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

April 2024

Apr
6

April 2024 Member Meeting Members Only

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Saturday, April 6th, 2024
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Gibson Woods, 6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN, 46323 Map
Live Stream Available

Members Only Limited Access Recording Free Event Chapter Meeting Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

We will be going over our May 4th plant sale plans, as well as what we need to do at the greenhouse leading up to the sale. Earth Day events, and Summer watering plans will also be discussed.

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Apr
10

Botanical Names Demystified - with Chris Benda, a.k.a. Illinois Botanizer

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Program/Speaker Presentation

The beginning⁹ of wisdom is to call things by their rightful names. Botanists communicate about plants using scientific names, but they are often difficult to spell and pronounce. This presentation will teach you the importance of botanical names, how to pronounce them, and what their names mean in a fun and informative way.  

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Apr
20

Earth Day events

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Saturday, April 20th, 2024
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Porter Cty Expo center, Munster, East Chicago, Whiting

Public Welcome Family Friendly Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Tabling events that the Gibson Woods chapter participated in. 

May 2024

May
4

24th Annual Native Plant Sale

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Saturday, May 4th, 2024
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Lake Etta County Park, 4801 W 29th Ave, Gary, IN, 46406 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Paid Event Free Event Seed/Plant Sale Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

https://gibsonwoods.wildones.org/meetings-events/annual-native-plant-sale/

Over 100 species of flowers, grasses, sedges, & shrubs; including prairie, wetland, shade, & woodland.

This event is rain or shine, so dress accordingly

Arrive early for best selection

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June 2024

Jun
5

June 2024 Board Meeting Members Only

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

We will review our Plant Sale success, as well as go over anything else that needs to be addressed before Summer gets underway!

Registration is required.

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Jun
7

June Outing at Whiting Lakefront Park

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Friday, June 7th, 2024
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Whiting Lakefront Park, 1500 Park Rd, Whiting, IN, 46394 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Project Manager, Chris White of Stantec, will give a walking tour of a portion of an area along Lake Michigan’s shoreline where native plants were planted over the last couple of years. Chris will explain the ecological benefit of the project, how it was implemented, and explain the maintenance involved in getting the plants established as well as identify some of the plants that were planted as seeds and as plugs. We can enjoy the park for a bit afterwards. Bring your own beverage & snacks.

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September 2024

Sep
21

Native Plant Symposium - Cultivating Change: Sustainable Landscape Practices

Saturday, September 21st, 2024
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St. John Township Community Center, 1515 W Lincoln Hwy Hwy, Schererville, IN, 46375 Map

Public Welcome Paid Event Conference/Symposium Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Three great speakers - breakfast & lunch - silent auction - book sale - door prizes… and more!

Visit our website for more information & to Register!

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