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23rd Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference

Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter

Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM (CST)

23rd Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Wild Ones Member with lunch Jan 15, 2019 $48.50 $3.47
Non-Wild Ones member with lunch Jan 15, 2019 $53.50 $3.73
Student (Full-time) with lunch Jan 15, 2019 $28.50 $2.46
Renewing Wild Ones Membership with lunch Jan 15, 2019 $88.50 $5.50
Joining as a New Wild Ones Member with lunch Jan 15, 2019 $88.50 $5.50
Renewing Wild Ones Student Membership (Full-time) with lunch Jan 15, 2019 $53.50 $3.73
Joining as a New Wild Ones Student (Full-time) with lunch Jan 15, 2019 $53.50 $3.73
Wild Ones Member, no lunch Jan 16, 2019 $35.00 $2.79
Non-Wild Ones Member, no lunch Jan 16, 2019 $40.00 $3.04
Student (Full-time), no lunch Jan 16, 2019 $15.00 $1.78
Renewing Wild Ones Membership, no lunch Jan 16, 2019 $75.00 $4.81
Joining as a New Wild Ones Member, no lunch Jan 16, 2019 $75.00 $4.81
Renewing Wild Ones Student Membership (Full-time), no lunch Jan 16, 2019 $40.00 $3.04
Joining as a New Wild Ones Student (Full-time), no lunch Jan 16, 2019 $40.00 $3.04
Teacher w5 students wLunch (call Conf Coord at 920-766-2292 to arrange)
Educators get free admission to the conference, if they arrange for five (5) students to attend. They must provide the names of the students at the time of registration.
Jan 15, 2019 $13.50 $1.70
Teacher w5 students, no lunch (call Conf Coord at 920-766-2292 to arrange)
Educators get free admission to the conference, if they arrange for five (5) students to attend. They must provide the names of the students at the time of registration.
Jan 16, 2019 Free $0.00

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Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter is celebrating its 23rd Toward Harmony with Nature all-day conference on natural landscapes, native plants, biodiversity and wildlife this January 19, 2019. The Value of Ecological Restoration will focus on ecological awareness, and provide insight in helping us actively participate in restoring the health of our lands and how it benefits ourselves and others. What our speakers have to say should be of interest to anyone (homeowners, gardeners, landscapers, teachers, ecologists, municipal leaders, wildlife enthusiasts, nursery owners, etc).

Want 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 gardens and our own yards.

23rd Toward Harmony with Nature Conference

The Value of Ecological Restoration

This year's conference is being held at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 North Main Street on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

8:45AM - 4:15PM     Registration 8:00-8:45AM     Lunch 11:45AM-1:15PM

Morning Keynote  9:00-10:00AM

"The Value of Ecological Restoration" by David Cordray, Senior Restoration Ecologist & Engineer and Owner of Environmental returns, LLC

The rich experiences of his youth in nature’s “outdoor classrooms” are the foundation of who David Cordray is today. Wishing to give others the opportunity to participate in their natural heritage, he will share his journey to finding ecological awareness and his insight into why we must actively participate in restoring the health of our lands. He will explore reasons for striving for ecological health, how the work benefits others and how we can influence a greater ecological awareness.

As an engineer, David Cordray’s first career was working with environmental monitoring satellites. He changed careers in 2008, and brought his creative ideas, work ethic and knowledge to natural lands management. One of his research interests is native landscape design methods and planning to enhance the human outdoor experience. Since 2001, he and his wife, Debra, have been actively restoring their 100 acres near Belleville, WI to prairie and oak savanna.

Nine other presentations follow the keynote which will address using native plants and creating natural landscapes in our homes and communities.

Morning Speakers - Concurrent Session I (10:30-11:45AM):

  1. “Native Trees and Shrubs that Work Together”
    Ben French, propagator, Johnsons Nursery Inc

  2. “Natural Shoreline Restoration for Water Quality Protection”
    Paul Skawinski, Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, UW-Extension Lakes Program

  3. “The Importance of Prairies to Threatened and Endangered Species”   
    Sarah Warner, United States (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist

Afternoon Speakers - Concurrent Session II (1:15-2:30PM):

  1. “Integrating Natural Systems into Urban Landscapes”
    Steve Apfelbaum, Chairman and Senior Ecologist, Applied Ecological Services

  2. “Measure Twice and Cut Once: The Importance of Planning and Adaptive Management When Restoring Oak Ecosystems”
    Aaron Feggestad, Senior Associate Ecologist, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

  3. “Amazed by Invasives – 15 Years on 15 Acres”
    Katharine Grant, Natural Ecosystems Management

Afternoon Speakers - Concurrent Session III  (3:00-4:15PM): 

  1. “Urban Lot, Native Plants, Big Change”
    Loris Damerow, Past President Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter

  2. “Restoring Your Woodland to Health” Frank Hassler, President and Ecologist, Good Oak Ecological Services

  3. “The Present and Future of Goose Pond Sanctuary’s Prairies”
    Mark Martin and Susan Foote-Martin, Resident Managers, Goose Pond Sanctuary

•  Details for Speaker List: http://www.towardharmonywithnature.org/speakers.html

•  Exhibitors and Vendors

•  Silent Auction 

•  Conference website: http://www.towardharmonywithnature.org

Mailed pre-registration must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 11, 2019.

On-line pre-registration for lunch with the conference ends at midnight, Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

On-line preregistration for just the conference ends at midnight, Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

On-site registration day of the event is available:  $40 member, $45 non-member, $20 student

Teachers bringing five or more students receive a free registration.  Contact wildonesfoxvalley@gmail.com for more information or call Conference Coordinator at 920-766-2292.

Lodging Accommodations

A limited number of rooms are available for $89.99 single or double occupancy 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.

Have questions about 23rd Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference? Contact Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter

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Oshkosh Convention Center
2 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54903

Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM (CST)


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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 Chapter 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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