NATIVE PLANTS, NATURAL LANDSCAPES
RIVER CITY  -  GRAND RAPIDS AREA
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Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education and
advocacy organization.

    Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization that promotes
    environmentally sound landscaping and the preservation, restoration and establishment of
    native plant communities.

Mission Statement - River City - Grand Rapids Area Chapter

    The River City – Grand Rapids Area Chapter of the national Wild Ones organization was
    established in 2007. Our purpose is to promote the establishment of communities of native
    plants around homes, schools and businesses, using ecological practices. We are dedicated to
    the conservation of biodiversity through preservation and restoration of our natural areas. In
    addition, we support and organize local community efforts to develop natural areas of learning
    through the national Seeds for Education Grant Program and through our chapter’s available
    grant monies - Plant It Forward Grant.

    We are composed of a steadily growing number of citizens that possess varying levels of plant
    and gardening knowledge – from beginner to advanced. We share a common passion and
    concern for the environment and strive to learn from each other and from the diversity of
    informative programs offered each month. Visitors are always welcome to attend the programs
    and field trips; you do not need to be a member to join us as we explore our natural
    environment.  When we learn we take interest, when we take interest we are motivated to take
    action.

    We invite you to share our passion for native plants and the desire to preserve the natural world
    around us.

Membership
    Joining Wild Ones gives you access to information resources as well as the camaraderie of other
    native plant enthusiasts. A single membership covers both the River City Wild Ones (RCWO -
    our local chapter) and the national organization.

    In addition to our local chapter's monthly newsletter, members receive the Wild Ones New
    Member Handbook and the Wild Ones Journal, a bimonthly publication of the national
    headquarters.

    Other membership benefits include participation in any and all Wild Ones chapter activities,
    either locally or across the United States. Examples of such events are seed gatherings, seed
    exchanges, plant rescues, plant sales, speaker presentations, garden tours, conferences, etc.


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River City Wild Ones
River City Wild Ones Seed Collection Day - Sunday, October 5:
Fall is in the air and the native seeds are ripening! Due to popular demand, we are
once again planning to hold an informal training on seed collection methods. Th
is is
a fun opportunity to work together as we collect various seed species and receive
some education on seed cleaning techniques by our knowledgeable expert and
member Chris Baer!  This year we will meet at the beautiful Saul Lake Bog prairie...a
Land Conservancy of West Michigan Preserve. If you have never been to this site,
it should be on your bucket list. We will also learn about the very inspiring history
of how this prairie has developed over several years of dedicated, grassroots
cooperation between many individuals and groups. Seeds collected from this outing
will be used in the development of a new prairie in Lowell which is being initiated
by an Eagle Scout under the guidance of our own Chris Baer.
Check out our events
page for particulars and directions