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.
Upcoming Wild Ones Meeting 
October 28 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Ed Collins Celebrates Oaktober
Ed Collins will be talking about oaks:
   celebrating their importance,
   sharing information about them, and
   putting in perspective their place in the world.

In his presentation, Ed brings to bear his background as a historian and ecologist to help us appreciate this key species -- a species that forms the central part of many ecosystems around the world.

Come participate in this offering by a man with deep reverence for nature and a powerful connection to the wisdom of the earth.
Click here to register
Our Newest Videos
Doug Tallamy and the Nature of Oaks
The Rainwater in Your Yard with Jessica Mino
(This video presentation coincides with Elgin's public art project, Storm Drain Art. Keep an eye out for these inspired street paintings that call attention to this issue.)
Monday Night Roundtables
Thank you to everyone who participated in these sessions during June, July and August -- especially the four teams of people who took turns leading the discussions. Results included:
   + increased momentum for Start In Your Yard
   + new people joining us
   + ideas, such as crews to exterminate teasel along          the roads, drift, and more
   + sharing of knowledge and experience         
   + learning just how much we enjoy hanging out              together with people who share our passions.
The resources that were listed here are now available from the Resources tab (top of window)
Monday-night Roundtable Teams
               Thank You!
Week 1:  Sharon Sutton
                Valerie Blaine
                Jean Muntz
                Morgan Vogt
Week 2:  Nancy Lamia
                Mary Alice Masonick
                Sue Harney
                Trish Gibbons
Week 3:  Kathy Hamill
                Gary Swick
                Kim Haag
                Sue Orlet
Week 4:  LuAnne Lewandowski
                 June Keibler
                Roland Lauer
                 Jean Eakins
At Large:  Susanne Masi
Stormwater Art Project in Elgin
Have you noticed the milkweed and monarch painted on storm drains in Elgin? Sandy Skulski has orchestrated the participation by Start In Your Yard. She and the designer of our winning entry, Erika Paige, have already completed six painted drains, with some help from volunteers.
There are still four to be painted, and the team could use some more help. Please contact Sandy if you can lend a hand at any of these locations:
October 16 or 17  Channing and Botsford
October 23 or 24   Cassidy and Shadowhill
October 30 or 31   Slade and River Bluff Road
                                 Congdon and Augusta
(See the video presentation at the left , Rainwater in Your Yard, for why building awareness is important.)
Elgin Farmers Market
Come see us -- Fridays from 3:00 to 7 p.m., ending on October 15th, the final 2021 market.
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.
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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