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January 2024

Jan
17

Exploring the Ice Age Trail

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2024
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Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI, 53005 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Have you ever wanted to walk along the Ice Age Trail. Ever wonder how the Kettle Moraine was formed? Experience and enjoy Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail!
The Ice Age Trail is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails in the country,  a 1,200 mile footpath found entirely within the state of Wisconsin. It traverses through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas and winds through 30 counties on state, federal, county and private lands. More than 2.3 million people use the Ice Age Trail each year to walk, hike, saunter, snowshoe, and backpack! Outdoor lovers of all ages and abilities step out on the Ice Age Trail to relax, explore and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Join a “Thousand-Miler” and other active volunteers in the Ice Age Trail Alliance for this introductory presentation. Come learn about the IAT — its history and glacial features. Learn tips and tricks for spending time on the IAT, hear about the wildly popular October Mammoth Hike Challenge, and leave with plenty of resources to have a safe and successful journey. Whether hiking or sauntering, be inspired for adventures on the Trail!

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Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. Johnson has been researching and writing about environmental issues for three decades. Learn about the pivotal role of gardening as an act of stewardship in the face of climate and ecological challenges. Discover the profound connections between individual gardens and the broader world and learn how these green spaces can serve as catalysts for positive ecological and social change.  Join Wild Ones for a practical and insightful discussion on gardening's positive impact on the environment and our future. 

Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch the talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

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February 2024

Feb
21

Invasive Plant Species of Southeast Wisconsin With Julia Robson

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2024
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Brookfield Public Library Community Room, 1900 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI, 53005 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Julia Robson has over twelve years of experience working in natural-resource management. She has worked throughout the Midwest on various projects including multi-taxa biodiversity assessments, habitat restoration, environmental education and community engagement, and environmental planning. Before coming to Waukesha County Parks in April of 2018, she worked for the Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee County Parks. In 2023, Julia was awarded the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium’s “Sweat Equity Award” which honors Southeastern Wisconsin citizens and organizations for their significant contribution to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm our region’s lands, waters, and wetlands.

March 2024

Mar
13

How to Build a Prairie and Wild Yard in the Land of Riding Lawn Mowers

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
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Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI, 53005 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Deb McRae, former director of Wehr Nature Center, will be speaking about her journey to create a wilder yard in the heart of suburbia.  The McRae's bought their house in 1983 because they loved the yard with woods in the back and sun in the front and its infinite landscaping possibilities.  Join Deb as she shares the journey of creating a beautiful yard that is a haven for wildlife, pollinators and people. 

Mar
19

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online and in person at Reeve Union, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Paid Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains Assistive Hearing

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

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April 2024

Apr
17

Habitat Management Considerations for Wisconsin's Amphibians and Reptiles

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024
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Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI, 53005 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Josh Kapfer, Professor and Certified Wildlife Biologist, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Joshua M. Kapfer has lived most of his life in Wisconsin. He was born in Stoughton. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1999, 2002) in Biology and Aquatic Science. His master’s research focused on the survival of amphibian larvae in agricultural ponds. Josh then went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2007) in Ecology and Evolution. His doctoral research investigated numerous aspects of Gophersnake ecology and conservation in Sauk County. After earning his doctoral degree, Josh worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, NRC Environmental Consulting (now Stantec), and Elon University in North Carolina. Since 2011, Josh has been with the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a professor and wildlife biologist, where he teaches various lecture and field-based ecology courses and conducts research with undergraduate students. He is broadly interested in vertebrate ecology and conservation, with over 35 peer-reviewed publications centered on amphibians, reptiles, fish, and mammals (although he will admit to a particular fondness for Wisconsin’s reptiles). 
 

May 2024

May
18

Tour: Cedarburg Bog Members Only

Saturday, May 18th, 2024
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Cedarburg Bog, 3095 Blue Goose Rd, Saukville, WI, 53080 Map

Members Only Nature Walk/Hike

Parking , carpooling and driving directions to follow.  Check out Guided Tour of Cedarburg Bog.  This is a natural area wear long sleeves and long pants.  There are mosquitos, ticks, deer flies, stinging insects, poison sumac and poison ivy present. Stay on boardwalks.

https://uwm.edu/field-station/contact/driving-directions/

July 2024

Jul
17

Tour: Lapham Peak Prairie Delafield

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024
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Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit, County Trunk Hwy C, Delafield, WI, 53018 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Chapter Meeting Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Lots of Physical Activity

Guided tour by Friends of Lapham Peak.  Moderate hike on trails of restored prairie at Kettle Moraine State Forest.   Wisconsin State Park sticker is required for admission.  Please contact for information on car pooling.

August 2024

Aug
21

Explore a Remnant Sedge Meadow and Wetland Restoration, Member Yard Tour Members Only

Wednesday, August 21st, 2024
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Members Only Family Friendly Free Event Chapter Meeting Home Garden Tour

With the help of his three children, wife, and chickens, Peter Dargatz has been working to restore this degraded wetland and dying forest since acquiring this 20-acre property they affectionately named Craneview on Plainview in 2021. Various native wetland species have been replacing the reed canary grass since the restoration began. Soon, many new trees and an upland prairie will be added. Hiking shoes are recommended. A few different options will be available to explore this remnant sedge meadow. This tour will be followed by an optional trip to Peter's outdoor classroom and prairie restoration project at Woodside Elementary, just two minutes away by car. 

November 2024

Nov
9

Native Seed and Treat Exchange Annual Meeting Members Only

Saturday, November 9th, 2024
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Pewaukee Public Library Community Room, 210 Main St, Pewaukee, WI, 53072 Map

Members Only Seed/Plant Swap Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Annual Seed and Treat Exchange. Bring your local native seeds with name and location of seeds in envelops or paper bags to exchange. Bring a food treat to exchange and enjoy. Bring envelops or paper bags to take seeds home if you have none to exchange. We will also have a short annual meeting to elect officers at 10:30 AM.  This is a members only event.