Welcome to Wild Ones Fox Valley Area

Scrambling to Register for THWN Conference? We’ve had a number of calls inquiring about registering for this weekend’s THWN Conference. Mailed-in registrations can no longer be accepted.

Until midnight tonight, January 15th, you can register on-line for both the conference and for the buffet. Go to http://bit.ly/2019WOFVAchapterTHWNconfRegistration to register.

Until midnight tomorrow night, January 16th, you can register on-line for just the conference. Go to http://bit.ly/2019WOFVAchapterTHWNconfRegistration

And remember, on the day of the conference, January 19th — Walk-Ins are always welcome!

For more details about the conference, see the details below.

Monarchs and other pollinators depend upon late season forbs such as the New England Aster to help them prepare for the winter season. Learn what you can do with landscaping to have a positive effect on our ecosystems and our general health at the 23rd Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference on January 19, 2019. Download conference brochure.

Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter is celebrating its 23rd Toward Harmony with Nature all-day conference on natural landscapes, native plants, biodiversity and wildlife this January 19, 2019. The Value of Ecological Restoration will focus on ecological awareness, and provide insight in helping us actively participate in restoring the health of our lands and how it benefits ourselves and others. What our speakers have to say should be of interest to anyone (homeowners, gardeners, landscapers, teachers, ecologists, municipal leaders, wildlife enthusiasts, nursery owners, etc).

Want to learn more about native landscaping and the positive effect it has on our ecosystems and our general health? Join us in learning from our speakers how we can apply their lessons toward creating a healthy habitat in our gardens and our own yards.

23rd Toward Harmony with Nature Conference

The Value of Ecological Restoration

This year’s conference is being held at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 North Main Street on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

8:45AM – 4:15PM     Registration 8:00-8:45AM     Lunch 11:45AM-1:15PM

The Value of Ecological Restoration” by David Cordray, Senior Restoration Ecologist & Engineer and Owner of Environmental Returns, LLC

Was your youth rich in outdoor adventures? Did you use these adventures as your classrooms for your ecological goals today? Our keynote speaker David Cordray was fortunate to be able to do so. Through his keynote, he will share his journey to finding ecological awareness and his insight into why we must actively participate in restoring the health of our lands. Wishing to give others the opportunity to participate in their natural heritage, he will explore reasons for striving for ecological health, how the work benefits others and how we can influence a greater ecological awareness.

As an engineer, David Cordray’s first career was working with environmental monitoring satellites. He changed careers in 2008, and brought his creative ideas, work ethic and knowledge to natural lands management. One of his research interests is native landscape design methods and planning to enhance the human outdoor experience. Since 2001, he and his wife, Debra, have been actively restoring their 100 acres near Belleville, WI to prairie and oak savanna.

Nine other presentations follow the keynote which will address using native plants and creating natural landscapes in our homes and communities.

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

  1. “Native Trees and Shrubs that Work Together”
    Ben French, propagator, Johnson’s Nursery Inc
  2. “Natural Shoreline Restoration for Water Quality Protection”
    Paul Skawinski, Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, UW-Extension Lakes Program
  3. “The Importance of Prairies to Threatened and Endangered Species”   
    Sarah Warner, United States (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist

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

  1. “Integrating Natural Systems into Urban Landscapes”
    Steve Apfelbaum, Chairman and Senior Ecologist, Applied Ecological Services
  2. “Measure Twice and Cut Once: The Importance of Planning and Adaptive Management When Restoring Oak Ecosystems”
    Aaron Feggestad, Senior Associate Ecologist, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc
  3. “Amazed by Invasives – 15 Years on 15 Acres”
    Katharine Grant, Natural Ecosystems Management

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

  1. “Urban Lot, Native Plants, Big Change”
    Loris Damerow, Past President Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter
  2. “Restoring Your Woodland to Health” Frank Hassler, President and Ecologist, Good Oak Ecological Services
  3. “The Present and Future of Goose Pond Sanctuary’s Prairies”
    Mark Martin and Susan Foote-Martin, Resident Managers, Goose Pond Sanctuary

Details for Speaker List: 

Exhibitors and Vendors:

Silent Auction: 

Conference website: http://www.towardharmonywithnature.org

Mailed pre-registration must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 11, 2019. Download brochure: http://bit.ly/2019WOFVAchapterTHWNconfBrochure

On-line pre-registration, go to:  http://bit.ly/2019WOFVAchapterTHWNconference

On-line pre-registration for lunch with the conference ends at midnight, Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

On-line preregistration for just the conference ends at midnight, Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

On-site registration day of the event is available:  $40 member, $45 non-member, $20 student

Teachers bringing five or more students receive a free registration.  Contact wildonesfoxvalley@gmail.com for more information or call Conference Coordinator at 920-766-2292.

Lodging Accommodations

A limited number of rooms are available for $89.99 single or double occupancy at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel adjoining the Convention Center. To make reservations call 855-230-1900. Be sure to mention the Wild Ones conference to get the special rate.  Reservations need to be made by January 3rd.

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

VIEW or download the 2018 WOFVA PROGRAMS and TOURS   WOFVA17_ProgramTours_Trifold_1818

Nov 15 | Thr | 6:30 pm Social | 7 pm Program | Evergreen Retirement Community, 1130 N Westfield St, Oshkosh, WI
In partnership with Winnebago Audubon Society, we are hosting: 
“Birdscaping in the Midwest”
Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest and former director of the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County, will present on attracting birds to your home landscape. Creating a native plant environment in your yard can offer a year-long smorgasbord of berries, nuts, seeds and insects while providing habitat for birds, butterflies, bees, and bats.

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 – Barb Cattani

Vice President – 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 


Web Editor – Shannon Davis-Foust