Welcome to Wild Ones Central Wisconsin Chapter!


Seeking Volunteers!

We are seeking member volunteers to help with the following listed below. This is a good opportunity to engage with fellow native plant and gardening enthusiasts! If interested, please email [email protected].

  • Seeking a Garden Work Day Coordinator who will work closely with our chapter’s president to identify which gardens need maintenance and help schedule work days for those.
  • Seeking Garden Champions for our Patch Street Garden and Plover Library Garden. Duties include weeding, general maintenance, and helping to coordinate garden work days if needed. You do not need to be a plant expert! Wild Ones members can help manage these gardens as well so you won’t be doing it alone.
  • Managing our Wild Ones booth at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair (MREA) on June 22nd, half day shifts.
  • Portage County Garden Parade – July 13, 9 am – 4 pm. We are looking for someone to help with the 1-4 pm shift at the Wild Ones Pollinator display.

Resources from March’s Member Meeting

Thank you Jill for the wonderful presentation about native birds for March’s Member Meeting! Here is the Resources for a Season of Birds link to learn more about native birds and their habitats.

Jill’s Plant of the Month

May: Found in moist woods and prairies, shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia) are striking plants that are as delightful as their name. Flowers dangle from stalks that shoot up from a cluster of oblong leaves growing at the base of the plant. Although Shooting Stars attract bumblebees and other small bees with its pollen, these plants do not provide any nectar. Bees use buzz pollination to extract pollen by vibrating their flight muscles to release the pollen from the plant. This plant blooms at a critical time when queen bees are establishing their nests. Shooting stars do best in a moist partly-shaded area when given some space in the front of your garden where it will not be crowded. Companion plants are dutchman’s britches, spring beauties, columbine, trillium, and woodland phlox. Plant will become dormant midsummer but reappear in the spring.

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)

Spring 2024 Wild Ones Journal

The Spring 2024 Wild Ones journal is now available on your member page. Click here for the link to your login and view the journal. Highlights in this issue:

  • Read about the long-lasting impact of a school project tagging monarchs (p. 10). 
  • Discover how Wild Ones chapters are fostering community and conservation through native seed swaps and educational initiatives (p. 17).
  • Learn how foraging for invasive plants in your own backyard can turn into delicious recipes (p. 27).
  • Test your hummingbird knowledge (p. 36).

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