18th Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM (CST)
Toward Harmony with Nature is an all-day conference on natural landscapes and native plants. It is of interest to anyone (homeowners, gardeners, landscapers, teachers, ecologists, municipal leaders, wildlife enthusiasts, etc), who wants to learn more about natural landscaping and the positive effect it has on our ecosystems and our general health, by creating healthy natural yards. Even the smallest yard CAN make a difference -- learn how to increase biodiversity, heal your piece of the earth, improve the health of you and your family, and add to the quality of your life.
This year's conference is being held at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 North Main Street on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
8:45AM - 4:15PM Registration 8:00-8:45AM
• Morning Keynote "The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden" by Douglas W Tallamy, PhD, nationally recognized environmental speaker and award-winning author, in two parts:
Part I: "The Value of Having Native Plants in Our Yards"
Part II: "Creating Healthy, Biodiverse Neighborhood Corridors"
Dr Tallamy says that our natural areas are too small and isolated to sustain the plants and animals that run our ecosystems. By using native plants in our neighborhoods and corporate landscapes we can restore vital ecosystem functions where we live and work.
• Six other speaker presentations that will address using native plants and creating natural landscapes in our homes and communities.
Afternoon Concurrent Session I:
Susan Carpenter, Native Plant Gardener for UW Madison Arboretum, "Always New Questions: Learning from a Native Plant Garden"
Connie Ramthun, Education Coordinator for Gottfried Prairie & arboretum and owner of Kettle Moraine Natural Landscaping, "From Seed to Flower: Growing Your Own Native Plants"
James Reinartz, Director of UW-Milwaukee Field Station, "Assisted Migration: Can Landscaping with Native Plants Help Them Find New Suitable Locations?"
Afternoon Concurrent Session II:
Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong, Director of Earth Partnership Program at UW-Madison Arboretum, "Planting Native Landscapes for People, Water and Wildlife."
Dan Traas, President of Ranger Services Inc, Appleton, "Working with Native Trees"
Tom Wedel, retired United Airines Captain, "Prairie and Savanna Restoration: A Work Always in Progress"
• Speaker List http://www.towardharmonywithnature.org/speakers.html
• Learn more about what's going on at the WILD Center
• Exhibitors and Vendors
• Silent Auction
• Conference website: http://www.towardharmonywithnature.org/index.html
Pre-registration for lunch with the conference ends at midnight, Sunday, January 20, 2014.
Preregistration for just the conference ends at midnight, Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
On-Site Registration day of the event is available: $35 member, $40 non-member, $20 student
Teachers bringing five or more students receive a free registration. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call 920-749-7807
Wild Ones Fox Valley Area is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes -- a national not-for-profit environmental education organization. Wild Ones Fox Valley Area members learn about the benefits of using native plants in sustainable landscaping through speaker presentations, yard tours, seed exchanges, plant rescues, community projects and plant sales. Members reside within the many counties that surround Lake Winnebago in East Central Wisconsin. www.foxvalleyarea.wildones.org
Visit the WILD Center at 2285 Butte des Morts Beach Rd, Neenah, Wisconsin
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