2013 Meeting & Program Calendar

Meetings are usually the 1st Wednesday of each month, February – November. However, starting times vary.  Sign up for our e-mail list to get meeting reminders and other Chapter news.

In addition to the public meetings, the chapter’s board of directors will meet five times this year in board members’ homes.  Members are welcome to attend.  Check with a board member or the president for the location and time, and so the host will have an accurate count of attendees.  Issues to be brought before the board should be discussed with the president beforehand so time can be allotted on the agenda.

January 9, 7 p.m. – Board meeting
Members are welcome to attend – contact us for location.

February 6, 7 p.m. – The Heights community center in Richmond Heights
RainScape Your Yard, a presentation by Karla Wilson, Deer Creek Watershed Alliance coordinator. Karla comes recommended by Cindy Gilberg.  In addition, Nellie Brown will give a brief update on the status of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and other invasive pests.
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Saturday, February 23, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Powder Valley Nature Center
2nd annual Partners for Native Landscaping workshop. Read more or register online.

March 13, 7 p.m. (note this is the second Wednesday) – The Heights community center in Richmond Heights
Butterfly gardening presentation by Tom Krauska, aka Tom Terrific.
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March 27, 7 p.m. – Board meeting
Members are welcome to attend – contact us for location.

April 3, 6 p.m. – Little Creve Coeur (Lake) Restoration Project
Dennis Hogan who manages the St. Louis County Parks’ naturally landscaped areas will host this tour.  We will be walking about one mile on flat ground.

Directions to River Valley Drive from Page Avenue and Interstate 270:

  • Go west on Page Avenue
  • Exit at Maryland Heights Expressway (Hwy. 141) and make a right
  • Go about ½ mile and turn left on to River Valley Drive
  • Cross Page Avenue and then take the first left into the Park parking lot

NOTE:  This location is west of the Creve Coeur Lake most people know, and west of Page Ave.
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Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 24th Annual St. Louis Earth Day in Forest Park.
Wild Ones will have an educational booth in front of The Muny.  Free and open to the public.

May 1, 6:30 p.m. (sunset at 8 p.m.) – Sommett at Old Big Bend subdivision
Scott Woodbury will lead a walking tour of the subdivision on Sommett Place off Old Big Bend Rd in Kirkwood.  The subdivision is built on the grounds of the former Green Parrot Inn.  The homes incorporate green-built construction maximizing energy efficiency.  Extensive native landscaping uses a unique rain garden irrigation detention system.  Several years ago, before all the homes were completed, the street was on a native garden tour co-sponsored by Wild Ones.

Directions to Sommett Place at Old Big Bend Rd., Kirkwood, MO  63122:

  • Get to Lindbergh Blvd./Kirkwood Rd. and Big Bend
  • Go west on Big Bend 1.3 miles
  • Turn right (north) on Old Big Bend Rd.
  • Take the first left on Sommett Place
  • You can park along Sommett
  • NOTE: Please do not walk on any of the yards until instructed that it is ok to do so.  Some homeowners have given permission, others have not.

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Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.  Native plant sale at Shaw Nature Reserve.
This is a great opportunity to get started on planting season.  Several organizations, including Wild Ones, and independent growers will have plants for sale.  Friday is for Botanical Garden members only.  Saturday is open to the public.

Wild Ones members who volunteer get a discount on plants at our booth.  And, you get to hang out with other native plant enthusiasts!

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Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. OR Saturday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Yard tour at the home of Diana Oleskevich near Tower Grove Park. We will meet at the park and walk from there.

Note: As an experiment, Diana has agreed to host a second yard tour on Saturday morning for those who find that time more convenient than our usual Wednesday evening.

Directions to 4026 Magnolia Place:

  • Take Grand or Kingshighway south from I-44
  • From Grand, go west on Magnolia Ave. about 1/2 mile
    OR from Kingshighway, go east on Magnolia about 1 mile
  • Park on Magnolia AVE. between Thurman and Lawrence
  • Walk one short block north on Thurman or Lawrence to Magnolia PLACE

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Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m. – Native Plant Scavenger Hunt at the Museum of Transportation
Adults and children will use clues to find interesting native plants, and learn how they can attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Winners are eligible for prizes including Doug Tallamy’s book, “Bringing Nature Home.”
Cost: $10/person (children 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult.)
Advanced registration is required; call 314-615-8472.

Volunteers needed from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to coach participants and talk informally one-on-one about the benefits of native plants. There is no cost, and you’ll be helping promote native plants!
Contact Betty Struckhoff, 314-966-8404 to volunteer.

June 26, 7 p.m. – Board meeting

Members are welcome to attend – contact us for location.

July 10, 6:30 p.m. (note this is the second Wednesday)
Yard tour at the home of Chan Mahanta in North St. Louis County.

August 7, 6:30 p.m.
Yard tour at the home of Neil and Erica Rose in Chesterfield.  They were the recipients of the Landscape Challenge planting in 2011.

August 28, 7 p.m. – Board meeting
Members are welcome to attend – contact us for location.

September 4, 6:15 p.m. – Operation Brightside
Tour of the Operation Brightside native garden on Shenandoah, near the intersection of Kingshighway and Vandeventer.  Mary Lou Green of Operation Brightside will answer questions about the garden and give a miniprogram on the Neighbors Naturescaping program.

Saturday, September 21 – Landscape Challenge planting

Saturday, October 5, 10:30 a.m. – Gordon Moore Park, Alton, Illinois
Tour of the Heartland Prairie, hosted by Nan and Neil Adams.  Bring a sack lunch.  Drinks and desserts will be provided by the hosts.

In partnership with the City of Alton, The Nature Institute (TNI) has actively managed the 27-acre Heartland Prairie, located on the north side of Gordon Moore Park, for more than 30 years. From the first planting by Sierra Club members in 1977 to current stewardship activities, the Heartland Prairie  Project continues to be a top priority of TNI and its dedicated volunteers. Boasting more than 150 native prairie plant species and harboring a large variety of grassland-dependent birds, Heartland gives visitors a glimpse into the past. TNI stewards use prescribed fire and other land management strategies to control invasive species and promote healthy tallgrass prairie ecosystems.

October 30, 7 p.m. – Board meeting
Members are welcome to attend – contact us for location.

Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. to noon (tentative) – Annual Forest Park honeysuckle removal project
Join Wild Ones to help remove invasive bush honeysuckle from Forest Park

November 6, 6 p.m. – Kirkwood Presbyterian Church
Annual potluck and seed exchange.