Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocay 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.
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. (Membership Form)
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