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January 2024

Jan
5

Board Meeting Members Only

This event has ended
Friday, January 5th, 2024
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Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, 100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Map

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Jan
20

Pollinators in my backyard

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Saturday, January 20th, 2024
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New London Hall, ROOM 101, 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Join entomologist Victor DeMasi for a virtual tour of his meadow in Redding Connecticut. Pollinator biology, with a focus on butterflies, will be reviewed and challenges facing our pollinators will be discussed. Victor will also provide tips on how to enhance habitat quality for pollinators. The fascinating life history of Monarch butterflies that includes the several milkweed species in the Northeast will be touched upon.

Two drawers of museum quality butterfly specimens will be on display.
Our meeting will open at 10 AM with an hour of informal socializing and light refreshments. Give and take at our book and seed exchanges. The educational program will start at 11 AM.

This event is free and open to the public, no pre-registration is required.

Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
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
2

Board Meeting Members Only

This event has ended
Friday, February 2nd, 2024
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Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, 100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Map

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Feb
17

MID-WINTER NETWORKING FORUM for Native Plant Lovers

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Saturday, February 17th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

Join Wild Ones members at a virtual networking event for native plant enthusiasts. Here is your chance to learn what the Mountain Laurel Chapter is planning for 2024 including upcoming programs and partnerships for environmental literacy that provide resources to students and educators. We will have an open forum for information sharing and Q&A. What we’d love to hear from you:

*  What speakers, topics or types of programs/activities interest you the most?
* What native plant resources do you need?
*  How can we work together to make Connecticut “greener” and more nature friendly?
*  Can you share a success story about convincing friends, neighbors or family to reduce or eliminate lawn and add native plants to their yards?
* What are the concerns about habitat gardening that you hear the most: wild/messy-looking yards, mosquitos & ticks, attracting bees & wasps?

You can submit topics or questions in advance via email to [email protected] to give us the chance to research answers for you. So please join us from the comfort of your home for a pre-season conversation about “bringing nature home". This event is free and open to the public. Register to receive the Zoom link.
https://wildones-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-CrqD8tG9IxJyWbn-VTW4OCSTrlFsOn

March 2024

Mar
1

Board Meeting Members Only

This event has ended
Friday, March 1st, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Mar
16

Be(e) a Smart Native Plant Shopper

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Saturday, March 16th, 2024
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New London Hall, Room 101, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

With spring plant sales and planting season just around the corner, this program will help you find the right native plants for your garden.  Learn the importance of ecoregion and ecotypes, then participate in discussion around the use of native cultivars ("nativars") versus straight species.  We will provide guidance on how to talk with plant retailers to ensure that their plants are safe for pollinators and wildlife.  We want to hear about your experiences, good and bad.  There will be plenty of time for your questions.

Our meeting will open at 10 AM with an hour of informal socializing and light refreshments. We host a free-will garden/nature book and magazine table — feel free to bring or take garden-related literature that may be useful or just fun to read. The educational program will start at 11 AM. 

Mar
19

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

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
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

Registration for this event is now closed, and registrants have been emailed about attending. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issues getting in.

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. 

April 2024

Apr
5

Board Meeting Members Only

This event has ended
Friday, April 5th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Apr
13

Invasive Plant Management

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Saturday, April 13th, 2024
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Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center, 162 Greenmanville Ave, Stonington, CT, 06355 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Hands-On/How-To Workshop Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Invasive Plant Management, talk and walk with Lydia Pan at Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center, Mystic. Offered in partnership with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.  Free and open to the public, but registration is required.

May 2024

May
3

Board Meeting Members Only

This event has ended
Friday, May 3rd, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Agenda:  Committee reports, 2024 Programming, Plant Sale planning, Board vacancies (Membership, Secretary), COEEA partnership next steps.

May
18

Seedling Identification Walk

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Saturday, May 18th, 2024
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Antonino Preserve, Antonino Rd, Groton, CT, 06340 Map

Public Welcome Chapter Meeting Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking

Seedling identification is an important skill for habitat restoration.  Come visit the Avalonia Land Conservancy’s Leo Antonino Preserve, one of the newest land preserves in Groton.  Botanist and natural landscaper Charlie Boos will lead a trip through the timeline of a native landscape restoration effort that started more than 4 years ago with a landscape that was nearly 100% infested with non-native plants, through the clearing and complete elimination of invasive plants, to the planting of desirable and appropriate native species to rebuild well-functioning early successional habitat.  Special attention will be paid to identifying the multitudes of native species that have been introduced and how they appear as they grow and refill the heavily impacted landscape.  Although the site is less than 4 acres, it includes dry xeric upland leading down a potentially forested slope to an artificial pond, so there is the opportunity to rebuild a variety of plant communities.  The area where we will walk represents the extreme northwest corner of the preserve and does not have any formal trails.  The terrain is fairly level but rough, with some low hanging branches and woody debris on the ground.  Wear sturdy walking shoes, and dress appropriately to protect yourself against thorns, insects and ticks.  

We will meet at the restoration site, posted with Avalonia Conservancy signs. GIS coordinates are 41°22'13.0"N 72°03'10.1"W.  THIS IS NOT THE MAIN ENTRY TO THE PRESERVE.  The restoration site is marked with a pin on this map.   It is south of the unmarked access road to the office complex from Antonino Road, across the street from the rear service entrance to Girard Nissan auto center.  If you turn onto Antonino Rd from Rt. 184, drive past the site and  turn around in the cul-de-sac so you can park along Antonino Rd directly in front of the restoration site.  If you approach from Winding Hollow Rd, turn left onto Antonino Rd to reach the site.  Look for Avalonia and Wild Ones signs. Park on the preserve side of Antonino Rd only, to avoid impeding through traffic.

This program is free and open to the public but we ask that you register so we are able to contact you in case of postponement or cancellation (due to weather).  To register, email Lydia Pan with the subject "Wild Ones May Program: Seedling Walk"

June 2024

Jun
7

Board Meeting Members Only

This event has ended
Friday, June 7th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Jun
15

Native Plants in Public Spaces with West Haven Native Plant Initiative

This event has ended
Saturday, June 15th, 2024
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Old Grove Park in West Haven, 1 Palace St, West Haven, CT, 06516 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Social Program/Speaker Presentation Group Tour Garden Installation/Maintenance Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Meet at the Arch for a walk and talk along the Boardwalk featuring issues encountered when adding native plant resources to public spaces.  We'll discuss the approach the NPI has taken, the plants we've selected, and the challenges we've encountered.  Brief overview of a shoreline ecological restoration project will also be included.  Plant lists will be provided and all participants are invited to bring a brown bag picnic and stay after the program for socializing and more talk.

July 2024

Jul
5

Board Meeting Members Only

Friday, July 5th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Jul
24

Native Plant Guilds: Part 1 Principles of Layered Planting

Wednesday, July 24th, 2024
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Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT, 06320 Map

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

Part 1 of a 2 day program: Powerpoint talk about principles of layered planting to fill every niche for wildlife from ground to canopy and guilds of compatible plants for different growing conditions and sites. Will record if feasible.

Jul
27

Native Plant Guilds: Part 2, The Walk

Saturday, July 27th, 2024
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Connecticut College Arboretum's Native Plant Collection, 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Group Tour Free Public Parking

Native Plant Guilds: Part 2, The Walk: Arboretum walk with special attention to layered plantings/plant guilds. Will try to feature species in our plant sale.

August 2024

Aug
2

Board Meeting Members Only

Friday, August 2nd, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Aug
24

Food and Habitat for Birds Throughout the Seasons with Robin Ladouceur Members Only

Saturday, August 24th, 2024
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Members Only Chapter Meeting Group Tour

Robin and Alison will lead a meadow, riparian zone, and forest tour that focuses on habitat and food needs of migrating and resident birds throughout the seasons. More info to come. 

September 2024

Sep
6

Board Meeting Members Only

Friday, September 6th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

Sep
13

Fall Native Plant Sale - pre-order pick-up and sale (Day 2 of 2-day event)

Friday, September 13th, 2024
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Connecticut College, 33 Gallows Ln, CT, 06375 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Seed/Plant Sale Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Fall is the best season to plant many native plants. Check back soon for pre-ordering information.

Sep
14

Fall Native Plant Sale - pre-order pick-up and sale (Day 2 of 2-day event)

Saturday, September 14th, 2024
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Connecticut College, 33 Gallows Ln, CT, 06375 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Seed/Plant Sale Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Fall is the best season to plant many native plants. Check back soon for pre-ordering information.

October 2024

Oct
4

Board Meeting Members Only

Friday, October 4th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

November 2024

Nov
1

Board Meeting Members Only

Friday, November 1st, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Board Meeting Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Board Meeting: 2024 Programming

December 2024

Dec
6

2023 Annual Members Meeting & Holiday Potluck Members Only

Friday, December 6th, 2024
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Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, 100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Map

Members Only Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social Seed/Plant Swap Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Wild Ones members and their guests are invited to our Mountain Laurel Chapter’s annual holiday meeting & potluck lunch. 
1 PM:  Potluck and socializing
2 PM:  Business Meeting & Open Floor
3 PM:  Native Seed Exchange
3:30 PM:  Raffle Drawing
 
 
Hear the “Year in Review,” financial report and election results.  Share Wild Ones related ideas and information.
 
Bring seeds to swap at the seed exchange. Even if you don’t have seeds, you can get seeds for a small donation.  See our guidelines and add to the species list.  Contact Lydia ([email protected]) with seed questions.
 
Please RSVP here.  
To make this a low-waste event, we ask that you bring your own reusable mug, plate and utensils. Everyone who complies will get a free raffle ticket!
 
Join us to end the year with
good food, conversation and camaraderie!

Register