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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

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

    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

    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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March Program: The Web Beneath our Feet with Mike Klug, PhD
Retired Faculty Michigan State University Department of Microbiology and
Molecular Genetics and Former Resident Director of the Kellogg Biological Station

Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. (Note Early Start Time)
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center - Calvin College -
     1750 East Beltline Ave. SE (map)

Billions of diverse organisms are found in communities beneath the surface of soil. They form
complex food webs that provide sustained resources for above ground plant and animal
organisms. Unfortunately the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” applies to these communities
and we have lost concern for their viability.
Dr. Klug will focus on the nature of and the interactions within these communities and how they
contribute to the structure and function of soils. He will also discuss how human activities in the
past 100 years have impacted soil communities and ways that we can minimize these impacts in
the future.