Welcome to Wild Ones Fox Valley Area

Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter / 920-572-9540 / PO Box 385, Appleton, WI 54912     wildonesfoxvalley@gmail.com

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22nd Annual

Toward Harmony with Nature Conference

              visit the conference website www.towardharmonywithnature.org 

or click here to register now 

JANUARY 27, 2018

The American Garden – A Life or Death Situation

As habitats disappear, American Gardens are evolving to fill the void. From a creation solely for the enjoyment of their owners, our gardens are becoming a biodiverse refuge for the native plants, pollinators, birds, butterflies and other animals with which we share the planet.

Keynote Speaker

Save the Date Flyer — Download the Toward Harmony with Nature Save the Date Flyer to share with family and friends, or just use it as calendar back-up.

Keynote speaker Neil Diboll will discuss how native landscapes that require few if any chemicals and toxins are the future landscapes of necessity. As “Joint Ventures with Nature” in our cities and suburbs, our very survival will depend upon these landscapes.

Join Us

Please join us to hear Neil Diboll and nine native plant experts on a full range of natural landscaping and native plant topics.

Morning Speakers – Concurrent Session I (10:30-11:45AM):

  1. Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, Dane County UW Extension
    “Small-Scale Native Trees and Shrubs for Urban Gardens”
  2. Matt Smith, Land Manager, Riveredge Nature Center
    “Two Years of Preparation for One Day of Seeding: Re-booting the 30 year Restoration Prairies of Riveredge Nature Center”
  3. Alice Thompson, Wetland Ecologist, Thompson and Associates Wetland Services LLC
    “Wetlands on our Landscape – Protection and Restoration”

Afternoon Speakers – Concurrent Session II (1:15-2:30PM):

  1. Tim Eisele, outdoor writer and photographer
    “From Weeds to Wildflowers on Gobbler Ridge”
  2. Michael Hansen, Land Care Manager, UW-Madison Arboretum
    “Invasive Species Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum”
  3. Mary Voelker, UW Extension SE Wisconsin Master Gardener
    “Building and Planting a Rain Garden”

Afternoon Speakers – Concurrent Session III  (3:00-4:15PM):

  1. Ed Collins, Director of Land Preservation and Natural Resources, McHenry County, Illinois
    “Savannas — A Species of Land Unlike any Other”
  2. Nathan Holoubek, Research Scientist, WDNR
    “Fire as a Natural Distrubance in Prairie Plantings: When and How to Apply It?”
  3. Steve Petznick, Naturalist, Mosquito Hill Nature Center
    “Birds of Wisconsin Prairies”

For complete details about the conference, go to Toward Harmony with Nature.

To download a copy of the conference flyer, go to Toward Harmony with Nature Brochure.

To register on-line, go to Toward Harmony with Nature Registration.


VIEW or download the 2017 WOFVA PROGRAMS and TOURS Brochure

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to increase biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

Please join the mapping project by answering the questions about your property. Photos would be great, but are not necessary.  Specific species information is optional.


Since our Chapter beginnings in 1994, Wild Ones Fox Valley Area (WOFVA) continues to celebrate and promote the use of native plants in home and civic landscaping.  We lead the natural landscaping movement in exploring, teaching, and changing the practice of gardening to include the use of  native plants.  Join us in helping to restore our natural world.

National Wild One headquarters is located at the WILD Center, in the heart of the Fox Valley.


Winnebago Audubon Society
Outagamie County Master Gardener Association
Paper Valley Garden Club
local schools

We also sponsor an education grant program, Natural Landscapes for Tomorrow.



President – Tim McKeag

Vice President – Barb Cattani

Secretary – Peggy McGaffey

Treasurer – Joby McKeag

Membership – Bob and Carol Niendorf

Newsletter – Rebecca Eyer

Program Committee -Sue Mings &  Loris Damerow

Publicity – Janet Carlson

Displays – Kristin Kauth and Barbara Cattani

Speaker’s Bureau – Joy Perry

Mentor Program – Loris Damerow

Dig Coordinator – Donna VanBuecken

Natural Landscapes for Tomorrow Grants 


Webmaster – Shannon Davis-Foust