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

April 2024 Member Meeting

Members only – in person and via Zoom

When: Saturday, April 6th from 10:00-12:00

Where: Gibson Woods, Hammond IN

Plant Sale volunteers are all encouraged to attend this meeting, but all members are welcome!

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.

Botanical Names Demystified

          — with Chris Benda, aka the Illinois Botanizer

When: Apr 10, 2024 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (with Q&A)

Format: online via Zoom

* Free & Open to the Public *

“The beginning 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.

Christopher David Benda is a botanist living in southern Illinois. He coordinates the Plants of Concern Southern Illinois Program for the Chicago Botanic Garden, conducts rare plant surveys for the Shawnee National Forest, and teaches The Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University. An accomplished photographer under the moniker Illinois Botanizer, Chris shares his extensive collection of plant photos on his website,

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