Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. The Columbus Chapter of Wild Ones celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. Except for field trips, the chapter typically meets the second Saturday of each month. Presentations take place from 10am – noon. Programs are free to the public. In the event of a Level 2 emergency, our monthly program will be cancelled. We’d love to have you join Wild Ones so you can learn how to meet your natural landscaping needs.
The Whetstone Prairie Project started in 2004 and has continued to be a joint project between Columbus Recreation and Parks and Wild Ones Columbus Chapter. The 3.5-acre prairie is located at the south end of Whetstone Park and is identified by signs. In 2018, Columbus Recreation and Parks put into place a five-year management plan for the prairie. It was recently mowed to prevent invasives and woody plants from establishing, and was seeded with 35 native perennials. We are excited to see how it will look this spring!
We currently support the National Wildlife Federation, Ohio Department of Natural Resources by displaying logos, contact information, educational materials and membership forms. We forward an Ohio-based monthly newsletter, Nature Scoop, to all members. Don’t forget to join our Facebook group, Wild Ones Columbus Native Plant Talk!