Wild Ones  is an organization, started in 1977, promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.  Here are my top 10 reasons why you should become a Wild Ones member:

10.  Saving or rescuing native plants.  Unfortunately native plants are removed from natural remnants or gardens due to construction or homeowners who haven’t learned about the beauty and benefits of native plants. Sometimes we have excess native plants in our gardens.  Help save or share native plants by participating in a Wild Ones plant rescue !

9. Helping Monarch butterflies through their collaboration with the Monarch Joint Venture: Wild for Monarchs program. 

8. Purchasing cool items  from the Wild Ones Store.

7.  Meeting and eventually become friends with like-minded people, businesses and other affiliate organizations who want to landscape in harmony with nature. 

6.  With over 80 chapters nationwide, there’s probably a chapter near you. If not, you can start a “seedling chapter”  in your area!

5. This is a grass-roots organization run mostly by volunteers so the membership cost is low and benefits are high. Membership is also tax-deductible.

4. Supporting the Seeds for Education Grant . This grant supports native plants and natural landscaping  in schools, for scout troops, and other public educational areas/organizations. Your membership helps fund this grant. 

3. Receiving  the Wild Ones Journal. It is an excellent online magazine containing many informative, interesting articles about native plants, wildlife and natural landscaping.

2. Participating in local native plant sales, native plant and ecological workshops and programs,  seed exchanges, native yard tours, and natural areas tours given by your  local chapter and other chapters nationwide. 

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The number one reason to become a Wild Ones member is:

1. The look on people’s faces, especially friends and family when you tell them you are a “Wild One”.  laughing

Becoming a member is so easy. Go to Joining Wild Ones.

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