Welcome to the Milwaukee Southwest/Wehr chapter of Wild Ones


All of the following meetings start at 1:30 pm and are open to the public at no charge at the Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W College Ave in Whitnall Park. The nature center does charge a parking fee.

February 10:  Damion Draeger with “Working With Water in your Native Landscape”.  Damion owns 4D Exteriorscapes and teaches in the Horticulure Dept at MATC.  His focus is on educating people on the proper ways to construct and maintain water features with the environment in mind.  

March 9:  Dr Jim Reinartz, former director of the UWM Field Station at Cedarburg Bog will present:  “So You’ve Killed the Buckthorn and Garlic Mustard:  Now What?”  When we remove invasive species from woodlands that they dominate, the area will almost certainly be re-colonized by invasives if nothing else is introduced to fill that space.  Is it effective to seed native species into degraded woodlands where invasive plants have been removed?  If so, what native species will be most effective at establishing and competing with the non-natives?  We do not have all the answers yet, but we can all actively experiment with this topic.

April 13:  : Dr Jill Hapner, Executive Director of SEWISC (Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium) will present “Invasive Species Headed our Way:  Local action to a global problem” .  Learn how shifting climate conditions allow existing invasive species to expand their range while creating pathways for new invasive species to be introduced.  Our control tools need to adapt to be more resilient to the changing climate. 

Links to previously recorded meetings:

April 2023: Paul Sparks with Wisconsin Dragonflies. https://youtu.be/tWQrM2cDoEY

Also, here is the link to our February 2022 presentation with Jennifer Lazewski, “Gardening for Birds”: 

and the link to our March 2022 meeting with Jeff Kante, “How to Identify Trees in Winter”:  https://youtu.be/GrTd63xvPc4

and the link to our April 2022 presentation with Danielle Bell, “The Forgotten Layer”, all about native shrubs:  https://youtu.be/D3dyo6qbqUg

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The Milwaukee Southwest/Wehr  chapter is an active &  vibrant chapter serving southern Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. We offer new member support, mentoring, an extensive lending library, excellent programs and field trips, seed exchanges, and native plant sales. We pride ourselves on good communication and quality programming in a supportive, friendly setting.  Visit us at an upcoming meeting or click on “Join” to join our chapter.

With it’s “roots” in the “Natural Landscaping Club” founded at the Wehr Nature Center in the early 1980s, our group was the second official chapter of the fledgling Wild Ones organization.

Our long history of association with the Wehr Nature Center, part of the Milwaukee County Parks system, has given us a solid foundation on which to grow our membership and influence in southeast Wisconsin.

We meet on the second Saturday of the month at the Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave  Franklin, WI  53132 (in Whitnall Park in southwest Milwaukee County).

Programs from October through April offer presentations on native plant landscape design; woodland, prairie, wetland and savanna plant communities; native plant support of wildlife and native plant propagation and much more. These meeting are open to the public at no charge. (The Wehr Nature Center charges a small parking fee).

From May through September we tour yards with native plant landscapes and local natural areas. Generally, these tours are for members-only, but memberships are always available on the day of the tour.