Native Gardens for Schools and Congregations

Monarch Waystation

Monarch Waystation

By Lisa Biehle Files

What: PlanIt Green Lunch and Learn, "How Your School or Congregation Can Become Part of the 'Wild Ones 200' Oak Park-River Forest Native Garden Corridor."
Pamela Todd, Co-founder, West Cook Wild Ones
When and Where: Wednesday, April 20; noon – 1 pm at the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation (1049 Lake Street, Oak Park)
Details: Lunch will be provided; space is limited to 25 attendees (1-2 per institution).
Target Audience: Parents, Administrators, Facility Managers, Board Members, Pastors, Parishioners
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This presentation will include discussion on how Oak Park and River Forest schools and congregations can install their own native plant/butterfly gardens and be a part of the “Wild Ones 200” Native Garden Corridor in Oak Park and River Forest. Learn how to get involved, what support Wild Ones will provide and when and how to get started. Learn about native plants and why they are so valuable in designed landscapes, and how they benefit institutions and the broader community by:

  • Solving landscaping difficulties

  • Reducing landscape maintenance

  • Sequestering carbon

  • Supporting local ecosystems and biodiversity

  • Providing beautiful and healthy environments for clients and employees