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January 2024

Jan
10

Ann Arbor Wild Ones January Monthly Meeting

This event has ended
Wednesday, January 10th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, auditorium, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Drinking Fountains

Are you a native plant newcomer? or an experienced native planter? How will A2Wild Ones connect people to native plants in 2024? Drawing from the new Wild Ones playbook, we will claim what is meaningful and focused for the new year. The results of the 2023 membership survey will also help inform our Chapter's direction as well as illustrate the power of working together for increased impact. Add your interest, intention, and insight to the leaves of our organizational tree and join us for this membership session. 

Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Thursday, January 25th, 2024
to (Central Time)
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
10

Seeds to Community - February Tray Planting & Winter Sowing

This event has ended
Saturday, February 10th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Drinking Fountains

Register only for the time you will arrive; you are welcome to stay as long as you'd like.

Join us for a hands-on habitat friendly planting workshop. Our native seeds have already been experiencing winter in the Washtenaw County Parks refrigerator and they are ready to germinate indoors OR outdoors. Indoor growing requires grow lights, big bright windows, or a greenhouse is necessary for those planning to grow these babies. Outdoor growing requires containers appropriate for Winter Sowing.

Typically, each tray or container is planted with only one species of seeds, as species generally have different growth habits that can complicate mixed-species growing. Up to daily monitoring and care is necessary.

You are thus a steward of one or more species for just a few months and a key part in our communal approach. We encourage you to return with us on the weekend of April 20-21, to the greenhouse for up-potting, mixing, and sharing. With the help of many hands, we will have access to many more species at up-potting time. Some trays may struggle to thrive, but with so many participants, we also can pretty easily absorb some tragedy without dooming our individual dreams.

Please bring (or return) your own seedling trays or other appropriate seedling containers! Please gather and bring milk-jug style containers, if you have them, to help guarantee we have plenty for everyone! We encourage attendees to bring their own native seeds or your own vegetable seeds.

Trays and domes will be available for indoor growing.

Extra milk jug style containers will be on hand for outdoor growing.

This is a donation-supported event. Please donate at the end of the event to help us continue our offerings! We want everyone to have nature, no matter their personal situation, so we suggest a donation for each tray or container you select. This community series works because of all different kinds of reciprocity, so please ask us about other ways you can give back. We are so glad to grow with you!

Orientation sessions will happen all day at the top of the hour. Stay and grow as long as you like.

Feb
11

Seeds to Community - February Tray Planting & Winter Sowing

This event has ended
Sunday, February 11th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Drinking Fountains

Register only for the time you will arrive; you're welcome to stay as long as you'd like.

Join us for a hands-on habitat friendly planting workshop. Our native seeds have already been experiencing winter in the Washtenaw County Parks refrigerator and they are ready to germinate indoors OR outdoors. Indoor growing requires grow lights, big bright windows, or a greenhouse is necessary for those planning to grow these babies. Outdoor growing requires containers appropriate for Winter Sowing.

Typically, each tray or container is planted with only one species of seeds, as species generally have different growth habits that can complicate mixed-species growing. Up to daily monitoring and care is necessary.

You are thus a steward of one or more species for just a few months and a key part in our communal approach. We encourage you to return with us on the weekend of April 20-21, to the greenhouse for up-potting, mixing, and sharing. With the help of many hands, we will have access to many more species at up-potting time. Some trays may struggle to thrive, but with so many participants, we also can pretty easily absorb some tragedy without dooming our individual dreams.

Please bring (or return) your own seedling trays or other appropriate seedling containers! Please gather and bring milk-jug style containers, if you have them, to help guarantee we have plenty for everyone! We encourage attendees to bring their own native seeds or your own vegetable seeds.

Trays and domes will be available for indoor growing.

Extra milk jug style containers will be on hand for outdoor growing.

This is a donation-supported event. Please donate at the end of the event to help us continue our offerings! We want everyone to have nature, no matter their personal situation, so we suggest a donation for each tray or container you select. This community series works because of all different kinds of reciprocity, so please ask us about other ways you can give back. We are so glad to grow with you!

Orientation sessions will happen all day at the top of the hour. Stay and grow as long as you like.

Feb
14

Ann Arbor Wild Ones February Monthly Meeting: Caring for What We Love

This event has ended
Wednesday, February 14th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, auditorium, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Drinking Fountains

Make your romantic dinner plans for later in the evening, and join us first for a Valentine's Day special agenda. We especially encourage you to bring spouses, friends, children, and other (human) Valentines to this visually rich meeting. It will be a lovely Wild Ones family affair!

Excerpts from Microcosmos
This glorious 1996 French film features love and other vital life activities among and between plants, insects, gastropods, amphibians, and birds. We will show selected excerpts throughout the evening. 

Pros and Cons of Various Plant Identification Phone Apps
Focusing primarily on iNaturalist and the benefits of a citizen science approach, Doug Reith from the Washtenaw County Conservation District will share helpful insights for choosing the right plant ID app for you.

Dyeing to Be Your Valentine
Through pictures, words and examples, Sandy Kunkle will share her journey into the world of color, dyes, and prints from plants. She will be joined by Jan Frank, a fellow wanderer and traveler in this world. Both Sandy and Jan, members of the Ann Arbor chapter of Wild Ones, are making plans for spring, summer, and fall dye and print research that will involve native Michigan plants and maybe even you.  

Feb
20

Fun Eco-Trivia Night!

This event has ended
Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Venue by 4M, 1919 S Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

This evening is sponsored by environmental organizations such as the Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby, the Ann Arbor Wild Ones, Common Cycle, and the Huron Valley Sierra Club.

Come see old friends and meet new ones, order food or drinks from Venue (who are graciously allowing us to use their space for free), learn a bit about local eco-activism pursuits, and then, let's "trivia-ize" with our volunteer host, Jeff La Roux! All are welcome to join in the fun. We'll be forming teams of six. You needn't arrive in teams—we can help you get into a team after you arrive.

Note: It will be helpful if you can register by Feb. 8th. And please cancel your ticket if your plans change, thanks!

March 2024

Mar
13

Ann Arbor Wild Ones March Monthly Meeting: Presentation TBA

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, auditorium, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 Map

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

Our march Presentation will be announced shortly!

Mar
19

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

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
to (Central Time)
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

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. 

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