Wild Ones Fox Valley Area is celebrating its 21st Toward Harmony with Nature all-day conference on natural landscapes, native plants, biodiversity and wildlife this January 28, 2017. It is of interest to anyone (homeowners, gardeners, landscapers, teachers, ecologists, municipal leaders, wildlife enthusiasts, nurserymen, etc), who wants to learn more about native landscaping and the positive effect it has on our ecosystems and our general health. Join us in learning from our speakers how we can apply their lessons toward creating a healthy habitat in our own yards, whether those yards are urban, suburban or rural.
21st Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Reclaiming Our Heritage - Enhancing Our Landscapes with Native Plants
This year's conference is being held at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 North Main Street on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
8:45AM - 4:15PM Registration 8:00-8:45AM Lunch 11:45AM-1:15PM
• Morning Keynote - 9:00-10:00AM "The Surly Surveyor: A Look at the Presettlement Landscape" by Rob Nurre, Landscape Historian.
Have you ever wondered what your property and our surrounding area looked like before the first European settlers came and altered it forever? Special "Time Traveler" and Landscape Historian Rob Nurre will give us a privileged look at our presettlement landscape through the eyes of David Giddings, who traversed our area in 1839 as a Deputy Surveyor for the U. S. General Land Office.
Nurre, who worked as the Land Records Manager for the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands for a number of years, and as a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, provides us with reference points for the landscape changes that have occurred in the past two centuries. He has developed several character portrayals to help tell these stories. Most prominent among these characters has been the "Surly Surveyor" program based on the work of the General Land Office surveyors.
• Nine other presentations will address using native plants and creating natural landscapes in our homes and communities.
Morning Speakers - Concurrent Session I (10:30-11:45AM):
- Alison Duff, Research Associate and Lecturer, UW Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
“Primer on Prairie Ecology”
- Patrick Goggin, Wisconsin Lakes Partnership
“Using Native Plants in Wetlands”
- Rob Zimmer, Naturalist and Author
“Out of the Shadows: Native Plants for Shade”
Afternoon Speakers - Concurrent Session II (1:15-2:30PM):
- Rob Holly, Landscape Architect, and James Coletta, Landscape Designer, LandWorks
“Designing Scalable Urban Gardens with Native Plants”
- Craig Maier, Coordinator, Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
“An Introduction to Oak Savannas and Woodlands: Identification and Strategies for Restoration”
- Rob Nurre, Landscape Historian
“Using Historic Land Records in Planning Your Native Plantings”
Afternoon Speakers - Concurrent Session III (3:00-4:15PM):
- Attorney Jack Kussmaul, Past President, The Prairie Enthusiasts
“Ways to Protect Your Property During Your Lifetime and After You are Gone”
- John Mariani, Landscape Architect
“Saving Our Wildlife Through Conventional Landscaping”
- Connie Ramthun and Bill Volkert
“Our Birchwood Home: A 35-year Experiment in Natural Landscaping and Land Management”
• 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
On-line pre-registration for lunch with the conference ends at midnight, Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
On-line preregistration for just the conference ends at midnight, Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
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 email@example.com for more information or call 920-749-7807
A limited number of rooms are available for $89.99 per double room at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel adjoining the Convention Center. To make reservations call 855-230-1900. Be sure to mention the Wild Ones conference to get the special rate.
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Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter
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