Start In Your Yard

Join others who are planting native plants and learning to share their yards with the butterflies and birds, bees and bugs.
Wild Ones Meetings Resume in Oaktober 
October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in person (we hope)
Ed Collins Celebrates Oaktober 
Check back for details in October.
Garden Tours 
August 28  Angelika Brinkman-Busi Garden Tour
Click Here to register on Eventbrite -- 9:00 or 10:15 or 11:30
September 12  Tour Poplar Woods with Jenny Flexman
Check back to register in September.
Monday Night Roundtables
Beginners, experts, and everyone in between: 
We're getting together to share, ask questions, learn, listen each summer Monday night at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Be part of the conversation about native plants and Start In Your Yard.
Click Here to Join Mondays @ 7:30pm
Resources from June 14th Roundtable Discussion
List of where to buy native plants
Healthy Hedges Poster -- Using native trees and shrubs
Healthy Hedges Brochure -- Using native trees and shrubs
Plant List -- Recommended by Midwest Groundcovers
Plant List -- Recommended by DuPage Chapter of Wild Ones
Plant List -- Recommended by Pat Hill
A tip for using  Enter the name of the plant you want to know about in your browser; use either the common or botanic name; type in il (Illinois), and when you hit Enter, it will take you directly to info about this specific plant.
Elgin Farmers Market
Come see us -- Fridays from 3:00 to 7 p.m.
We're at the south end of the market on Grove Street.
Willing to take a turn working the booth?
Click Here to sign up for one or more slots.

Building habitat in our neighborhoods and public spaces.

Start in Your Yard is a movement of people who are realizing that we have become disconnected from our natural world and our place in it. Recognizing that we are part of nature, we are learning what we need to know to be cooperative partners and share the land we live on. 


Starting in our own yards with regional wildflowers, we build sustainable corridors for the flora and fauna that were intended to thrive here.


Together, we encourage our neighbors and our communities to join in the movement to preserve this area for generations to come.


Attend one of our many local events to visit local projects or learn from conservation experts.

Watch Presentations from 
Our 2020-2021 Community Read

Learn from and engage with experts in conservation, resource management, ecology, and sustainability. 
Start In Your Yard is an initiative launched by the Greater Kane County chapter of Wild Ones