Welcome to Wild Ones Fox Valley Area

Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter / 920-572-9540 / PO Box 385, Appleton, WI 54912 / [email protected]

Join us for our next program!

Jim Laluzerne Garden Tour

Oct 9 10-11:30 am

Insect-friendly native plants and habitat are the hallmarks of this unique property. Created from a barren former cornfield it now hosts well over two hundred native plants with an emphasis on woody species. Built around a small lake, other water features, and interesting structures, this country garden has one of the largest assortments of native plants in the state. This is a chance to see a variety of unusual mature trees and shrubs in a natural setting. This 23-acre property is located four miles south of East De Pere.

The 2021 plant sale is completed.  Thank you for purchasing plants from us! 

We plan to have a plant sale again in 2022!

2021 Native Plant, Tree, and Shrub Sale

2021 Program Schedule

Click here to view the 2021 Program Brochure, or click here to view the schedule insert from the Winter newsletter

2021 Winter Newsletter

The 2021 Winter Newsletter is now available here, archived newsletters can be viewed here

Keynote Address from Toward Harmony with Nature 2020 Conference Available Now

Stephen Packard

Stephen Packard

If you weren’t able to attend the Toward Harmony With Nature conference last January, or if you want to share the information with a friend, you can now watch the opening presentation by Stephen Packard on Wisconsin Public Television. In his presentation, “Reestablishing a Nourishing Relationship with Nature”, Stephen Packard shared lessons learned during his decades spent successfully restoring natural areas in the Midwest.

The program will air on Dec. 5, at 8:08 am, on The Wisconsin Channel as part of their University Place programming.

It is also available on demand from PBS Wisconsin.

Check out our new help videos

January 2021 Toward Harmony With Nature Conference Canceled

Next year’s Toward Harmony With Nature Conference, scheduled for January 30, 2021, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. This was a difficult decision but one which the Conference Planning Committee and the Chapter Board agreed would be in the Chapter’s best interest. Many things factored into this decision. Key among them is not knowing what guidelines the Oshkosh Convention Center will need to follow at that time, which could affect the number of people allowed to attend, as well as, the number of presenters and exhibitors. Thus, it was decided we could not put in all the time and money needed to plan for the event.

However, we are planning to hold the 25th Anniversary Conference on January 29, 2022 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. So, mark your calendars and we’ll see you then for a great event! 

For assistance in picking the perfect native plant to add to your plantings, see the Native Alternatives to Non-Natives.

Looking for materials from the last annual conferences?

Go to the 24th Annual Conference Toward Harmony with Nature page

and click on the Speakers tab to find handout materials and websites for the concurrent session speakers at our annual conference, held earlier this year on January 25. On the homepage, two blogs and a TED talk can be found for Stephen Packard, who gave the keynote presentation. His presentation at the conference: “Re-establishing A Mutually Nourishing Relationship Between People” and “Nature” is available on YouTube.

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’s beginning 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 – Shannon Davis-FoustShannon

Vice President – Amy Hoitink

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Treasurer –  Ron Jones

Secretary – Deb Benada

Membership Chairs – Bob and Carol Niendorf

Newsletter Editor – Robert Benada

Program Chair – Mary Swifka

Mary Swifka

Publicity Chair – Janet Carlson

Conference Chair – Kristin Kauth

Display Chair – Barbara Cattani

Speaker’s Bureau Chair – Joy Perry

Mentoring Chair – Sue ForbesSue Forbes

Plant Rescue Chair/Plant Sale Chair – Donna VanBuecken

Grants Chair  – Shannon Davis-FoustShannon

Web Chair – Michael Koller

Michael and Heather Koller

Web C0-Chair – Jessica Bruss [not pictured]