Regular Meetings

The meetings typically begin at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the meeting, browse merchandise, check out the lending library and information booth. Most programs are free and open to the public. Programs are suject to change. For more information contact the program chair.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 Meeting, 7:00 PM

Monitoring Native Plants in Winnebago County

Greg Rajsky is a naturalist/educator at Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford, contributing to educational programs and overseeing Citizen Science activities for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. He has begun planning for a new season of plant monitoring, and volunteers are being recruited to record phenological data at forest reserves throughout the county. He will talk about how Wild Ones members can help monitor native plants in the forest preserves.

Rajsky joined the staff at Severson Dells in August, 2017. He brings extensive experience in nature education, citizen science and restoration ecology. In 1996, he obtained his Naturalist’s Certificate from the Morton Arboretum, where he has continued to teach a variety of courses. He also has taught Restoration Ecology at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus and been a biology instructor with the Montessori School of Lake Forest.

For more than 25 years, Greg has been conducting ecological restoration throughout northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. He has been a volunteer steward since the 1990s, with direct involvement in citizen science, conducting biological surveys and monitoring organisms as diverse as frogs, plants, and freshwater mussels. In 2013, Greg established a consultancy through which he has coached landowners in methods to enhance the native biodiversity of their sites. An avid field botanist, Greg takes particular delight in exploring the flora of the northern Illinois region.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (779) 537-8939.


2018 Event Schedule

We usually meet the third Thursday of the month in the Physical Education Center (PEC), room PEC 0110 at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Directions to the meeting location.


(Meetings and events listed in green, plant sales listed in brown)

Note, meeting topics, presenters and locations are subject to change.

Meeting room at Rock Valley College

January 18, 2018 (Thu)

Monitoring Native Plants in Winnebago County
Greg Rajsky Naturalist/educator, Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford

February 15, 2018 (Thu)

Strange & Marvelous Plants
Matt Candeias

March 15, 2018 (Thu)

Dragons Rule! Dragonfly ID & info
Barbara Williams, Educator, Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford

April 19, 2017 (Thu)

Nachusa’s History & Interesting Plants
Hank or Becky Hartman

May 17, 2018 (Thu)

Invasive Jumping Worms
Brad Herrick

June 21, 2018 (Thu)

Parasitic Plants
Zach/Melissa Grycan,

July 19, 2018 (Thu)

Member Potluck/Yard Tour
Members and invited guests of members tour a member's yard and share a potluck dinner.

September 20, 2018 (Thu)

To be determined

October 18, 2018 (Thu)

Zach/Melissa Grycan

August 16, 2018

To be determined

September 20, 2018

To be determined

October 18, 2018

To be determined

November 15, 2018

Member Pot Luck, Seed Exchange & Annual Meeting
Members only, all members welcome with or without seeds. Bring a dish to share.

December - No meeting, Happy Holidays.