Welcome to the Milwaukee Southwest/Wehr chapter of Wild Ones

Our December meeting is our annual member holiday gathering!  For more details, email [email protected]

Join us on January 14, 2023 at 1:30 at the Wehr nature center for a presentation from UW Professor Suzanne Joneson.

Dr. Joneson teaches Introductory Biology, Botany and Microbiology courses at UWM-Waukesha and studies organismal interactions in lichen symbiosis using genomics and phylogenetics.  Her presentation is an introduction to lichens and what they are, how to recognize them including in our own neighborhoods, and how they are used as indicators of human pollution.  Dr Joneson discovered an abundance of lichens in the Whitnall Park area during the 2021 Bio-Blitz.
Join us, this meeting is free and open to the public.  there is a parking fee at the nature center.



Also, here is the link to our February 2022 presentation with Jennifer Lazewski, “Gardening for Birds”:    https://youtu.be/WgAG5yAzqX8

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.