Close to I-90, Rock Valley College offers us many benefits that will aid in the growth of our chapter
Directions to Rock Valley College:
1. If arriving by the I-90 tollway, exit at Riverside Blvd.
2. Go west on Riverside and turn left at Mulford Road.
3. Enter campus at the main entrance turn left from Mulford Road.
4. At the stop sign, turn right into parking lot #2.
5. Park in front of the Woodward Technology Center (WTC).
6. Enter the central doors to the WTC on the first floor.
7. There will be signs directing you to the left to the meeting room.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.:
Why Natives? is an introduction to landscaping using native plants. The presentation explains the history of our ecosystems, how we got to where we are today and why native plants are vital to the environment. The benefits and fallacies of natural landscaping will be explained. Finally, examples of native plant landscapes will inspire you to change your thinking about your own landscapes.
Tim Lewis is the national president of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers. He has been on the board of directors for over 10 years. Tim was president of the Rock River Valley Chapter in Rockford for several years and served on the board for many more years. He is the past president of Four Rivers Environmental Coalition. Tim was named “Conservationist of the Year” for 2009 by the Sinnissippi Audubon Society. In 2011, he was a finalist for the Seth B. Atwood Memorial Park and Conservation Service Award and in 2012 was the recipient of this award.
He has been growing native plants in his yard since 1991. His yard contains over 100 species of native plants in prairie plots, rain gardens, and savanna and shade gardens.
We will meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC), rooms 119-121. Look for signs as you enter WTC. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, and check out the library and Wild Ones information booths. This program is free and open to the public.
Meetings are usually held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, we meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, and check out the library and Wild Ones information booths. The meetings are free and open to the public.
The Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter for its members which contains informative and timely articles about upcoming events, past events, related events, and other useful information. For a sample newsletter click here.
We are a member of the Four River Environmental Coalition partnering with and supporting their events.
Visitors are welcome at most events and are invited to join the growing membership.
The Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter carries out the mission of Wild Ones through a variety of activities, which typically includes any of the following:
- Informative Meetings, include how-to-do-it sessions, presentations by experts in prairie, woodland, and wetland native plants and related subjects and members profiling their own projects.
- Show Me/Help Me Day, members tour other members’ yards, share ideas, and offer suggestions.
- Woodland Native Plant Sale, with orders being taken February through April, for pick up in May. This sale offers mostly species for shady locations. The pick up location is near Durand, IL.
- Native Prairie Plant Sale, with orders being taken March through April. This sale offers mostly species for sunny to part shade locations. The pick up location is in Rockford, IL.
- Native Tree and Shrub Sale, with orders being taken in August and September, for pick up late September near Durand, IL.
- Plant Rescues, where members dig plants in the path of development. The rescued plants go to home landscapes or are used for restoration efforts in the local area.
- Seed Exchanges, we meet in November to exchange native plant seed that members have collected.
- Seeds For Education Program,a grant and education progrm.The chapter educates and supports community efforts to establish natural areas and to work with educational institutions and other areas of learning.