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2022's Next Walk on the Wild Side is Saturday, September 17 at 10am

Walk on the Wild Side:  The WPPC’s final natural garden walk of 2022 will be Saturday, September 17 at the Alden parcel owned by June and Steve Keibler.  As you walk along the paths, you’ll meander through oak forests (with bottle brush and other natives on the forest floor), a restored pond, prairie fields on gently rolling hills with wide vistas of sky and edged by oaks. Many species of birds are attracted to this beautiful parcel which has been lovingly restored by removing invasive species and planting native plants.  This parcel was purchased with the intent of protecting it from development.  It’s located just west of the Hackmatack National Forest footprint, and is surrounded by natural areas owned by McHenry County Conservation District, the Land Conservancy and Openlands.

Jim Keenan and Dorothy Robin will guide you on this walk.  The guided walk will begin at 10am.

Directions:  Parking will be at the Alden United Methodist Church.  Take Rt 47 north from Woodstock.  At the stop sign, turn left on Charles Rd.  After a few miles, Charles Rd will turn into Alden Rd.  Continue north to Rt 173.  Turn left, and the church will be a short distance on the right.  16532 IL-173, Harvard, IL  60033.

Details and directions for all of this year’s walks can be found by clicking on the button below.  All walks are free of charge and no pre-registration is required.  They are all guided walks with the tours beginning at the posted times.

WPPC in the News:    Our Outdoor Classrooms Committee recently collaborated with the city of Crystal Lake on the installation of an educational display garden at the site of the city’s new rain garden near the corner of Oriole Trail and Pine Street.  The WPPC donated plants to the city and helped plant the garden.  The collaboration and the scope of the project were the subject of a recent Northwest Herald article.

Donate to the WPPC:  If you’d like to support the great work that the WPPC does, you can donate here.  Your contribution will help fund our native plant seminar, outdoor classrooms work, pollinator education outreach and our mentoring (Natural Garden in Your Yard) program.

 

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Evening Zoom Seminar

Watch an inspiring presentation that will encourage people new to native gardening or give the already convinced some new ideas. This was a zoom presentation given on March 3rd, 2022 entitled “Top 10 Things New Native Gardeners Need to Know” by Ken Williams. Enjoy!  Click here for video

If you would like to learn how to plant a native garden in your yard, you can contact Kris Hall at NGYY@thewppc.org

Monarch Mania, an educational event featuring topics on our iconic Monarch

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Walk on the Wild Side, The Keibler Parcel, Saturday, September 17, 10am

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Promoting the use of native plants in the landscape through preservation, propagation, and education
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