2023 Native Landscaping Conference

Bringing Nature to Life By Preserving

Healthy Ecosystems

Supporting native species in the wild and at home


Saturday November 11, 2023

8:30am – 1:00pm

Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center

 2007 North Civic Center Way

Round Lake Beach, IL


Wild Ones 2023 Conference, Bringing Nature to Life By Preserving Healthy Ecosystems, presented by the Lake to Prairie Chapter. Our chapter’s mission is to educate, which we do with our monthly meeting at the Fremont Public Library, covering a wide range of natural landscaping and environmental education topics. Bringing educators together in one place at this conference will provide a wealth of information for people new to the native plant idea as well as the practiced native gardener.

An ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work to form a bubble of life. Historically, the southern end of Lake Michigan was a conversion point of several ecosystems, including northern bog and tundra, eastern deciduous woodlands, southern swamps and western prairie. As a result, the lands surrounding Lake Michigan contain some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Living in islands of habitat nestled between the human dwellings are thousands of native animal and plant species.

Nature is a wonderful teacher. Join us as we explore three of the main ecosystems of northern Illinois. Our speakers will summarize characteristics of each area and ecological functions including support of pollinators and wildlife. As we learn about the natural world around us, we can use that information to create beautiful and natural landscapes within our own properties and communities.


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