Welcome to the Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Chapter. Wild Ones is a national not-for-profit organization with local chapters that teach the many benefits of growing native wildflowers and plants in your yard. This chapter serves all of Northwest Ohio and the nearby area of southeast Michigan.
Previously known as the Toledo Chapter of Wild Ones, the Oak Openings Region Chapter was renamed to highlight the globally threatened ecosystem, the Oak Openings Region of NW Ohio and SE Michigan. Located just SW of Lake Erie, in the Lake Plain, our area of NW Ohio is known for migratory bird watching, the largest tributary in the Great Lakes Region: the Maumee River, the Great Black Swamp, and especially, the hotspot of biodiversity, the Oak Openings.
From the Karner blue butterfly and lark sparrow, to the plains puccoon, lupine, prairie gentian, red baneberry, and orange fringed orchid– there’s so much for Wild Ones members to enjoy–and to help conserve. Here 1/3 of all Ohio’s rare plant occurrences are reported with 166 state listed species that are savanna and prairie specialists, coastal plain disjuncts and northern species.
From September to May, our chapter meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Nederhouser Community Hall, The Olander Park System, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, OH. You are welcome to these informative and exciting programs from area experts and partners.
We gather for monthly outdoor activities such as field trips, native seed harvests, native garden installations, educational outreach, stewardship including invasive plant removal, and more.
Here is a sample of our chapter activities and member services that we did just in 2016 and 2017 alone:
- We provide each member with an informative Monthly Member Newsletter with timely educational articles and calendar of events.
- Hosted garden tours at Brittani Furlong/Andrew Pfisterer’s house as well as Rick Barricklow’s house.
- Held regular monthly educational programs and meetings usually the second Tuesday of the month.
- Presented three students the Denise Gehring Scholarship Award in which they received a year membership to Wild Ones.
- Presented Wild Ones Native Landscape Awards to very well deserving native landscapes.
- Maintained working relationships with the Nature Conservancy, Metroparks, Olander Park System.
- Held stewardship events such as misc seed cleanings, garlic mustard pulls, as well as native garden maintenance.
- Collected native seeds for Toledo and BG’s Seed Swap. Distributed over 750 free packets to the public.
- Hosted Doug Tallamy and promoted his book Bringing Nature Home.
- Co-Hosted Catherine Zimmerman and her documentary Hometown Habitat.
- Summer field trips included a Tree Walk at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery, Ferns, Lichens and Mosses with Jim Toppin and Janet Traub.
- We’ve even partnered with Sacred Grounds in the Compassion Games.
- Our 50,401 volunteer hours during a two-week period led to Toledo being Internationally recognized as one of the most compassionate areas in the world.
Look at our events tab for an event that interests you and come check us out!