2012 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.

February 1, 7 p.m. – Powder Valley Nature Center, Rooms C & D
Mike Arduser comes to us from the Mo. Dept. of Conservation with a program on pollinators. Mike recently discovered two new species of native bees.

March 7, 7 p.m. – Powder Valley Nature Center, Rooms C & D
St. Louis Audubonʼs Executive Director Mitch Leachman, along with Dave Tylka, present the Audubon Societyʼs Bring Conservation Home program.

Garden of native plants

A garden of native plants

April 4, 6:00 p.m. (sunset at 7:30)
Yard tour at the home of Betty Struckhoff.  Mini-program: Trees and shrubs – put on your thinking caps!

Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 23rd 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 2, 6:30 p.m. (sunset at 8 p.m.) at the home of Chris Siewig, owner of Nature’s Re-Creations, a company that installs water features.

Friday and Saturday, May 11-12Native plant sale at Shaw Nature Reserve.

June 6, 6:30 p.m.  Yard tour at the home of Sharon Pederson
Mini-program:  I’ll discuss my experience as Master Gardener volunteer at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center,  where I participate in native habitat restoration and first  learned about native gardening.  I will also give a summary of the Creekside Garden, established 2007, including both mistakes and successes.  Two binders of garden photos, from initial house construction in 2007, to fall and winter garden, 2011, will be available to give context.

July 11, 6:30 p.m.  Yard tour at the home of Ed Schmidt
Mini-program: Jeanne Cablish will discuss the design for Ed’s front yard and Ed will answer questions about the installation.

August 1, 6:30 p.m. – at the University of Missouri, St. Louis
Hosted by Jen Freund, Education and Ecology Instructor, and Jay Fish

“We have some challenges with our prairie that would be a good topic for discussing urban habitat restoration.  We have a large rain garden (transformed from a fescue “retention area”), woodland and new prairie area to view and discuss. This is a unique place because it is used for student research to inform changes in both the neighboring park land use and the campus’s land use.”

Note: In 2010 St. Louis Wild Ones made a grant to UMSL’s CHERP (Campus Honors Environment Research Project) program for the purchase of native plants.

Note 2: Watch Green Time TV show 404, which includes interviews about the UMSL prairie.

Wild Ones members visit at a monthly meeting

Wild Ones members visit at a monthly meeting

September 5, at 6:15 p.m. – meet at the Forest Park Visitors’ Center
Walking tour of the natural areas in Forest Park. Led by staff of Forest Park Forever.

Saturday, October 6, 11:00 a.m. – at the home of Joan and Larry Hummel
Tour of the property, led by Larry and Joan, followed by a potluck lunch.

November 7, 6:00 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, Kirkwood
Potluck and seed exchange. Bring seeds to share if you have them and a food dish.
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