About Wild Ones
Wild Ones is a national not-for-profit organization with local chapters that teaches about the many benefits of growing native plants in residential yards and public landscapes.
What is a native plant? A native plant is a species that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem and/or habitat and was present in North America prior to European settlement.
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes 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 founded in 1979. For more information on the national organization, click here.
The Wild Ones Front Range Chapter serves the region from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs, including the Denver-metro area and Boulder. We are the first chapter in Colorado! If you would like to get involved, please contact us at FrontRangeWildOnes@gmail.com.
Our mission stems from our respect for the other species on this planet and future generations. We will treat each other – our staff, members and volunteers – with respect at all times. We respect different tastes in landscaping but also ask that others show respect for the common good by considering how they can conserve resources and improve the environment via the inclusion of native plants in their landscapes.
Our members value the opportunity for direct contact with other Wild Ones members and the ability to “learn locally.” This sets Wild Ones apart from many similar organizations. Networking and education are our most important functions.
Appreciation – Volunteers are the Heart of Wild Ones
To keep our dues low and our efforts local, Wild Ones is a grass-roots organization that runs primarily on volunteer effort. We will continue to rely on volunteers to carry our mission forward. We will support our volunteers and recognize their efforts, especially those in volunteer leadership positions.
All Members are Valuable Members
At the national level our income is largely derived from member dues and donations. We appreciate all members, respecting that everyone has varying priorities and demands on their time which impact their ability to volunteer.
Fresh and Adaptable
While we stay focused on our core abilities and goals we will continually look for and solicit ideas from our Board, our members and honorary directors for new strategies that we might use to further our goal of promoting sustainable landscape practices.
Black Lives Matter: Wild Ones Front Range Chapter Statement of Solidarity
Black lives matter. The senseless, hateful killings of George Floyd, Brionna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are the latest in a countless number of violent acts committed against generations of indigenous and peoples of color in this country. Disparities of justice — economic, social, racial, and environmental inequalities — are inextricably linked, and have been entrenched in this nation since its inception. To tackle environmental issues without recognizing and addressing related concerns is both naive and short-sighted. The Wild Ones Front Range Chapter works to support biodiversity; we need to step up and voice our support for the racial and cultural diversity in our communities. We join our allied conservation organizations — Xerces Society, Audubon, the Southern Plains Land Trust, to name a few — and recognize our “obligation to unequivocally condemn racism in all its forms and to work towards an equitable, livable future for all.” Echoing the Xerces Society:
We need real, lasting change to stop acts of racism and violence against the Black community and other communities of color, including threats to people of color who seek to enjoy nature and the outdoors. We commit to engaging in critical self-reflection and active listening and dialogue with marginalized communities to learn how we can be part of the solution.
The Kentucky bluegrass lawns Wild Ones members rail against as ecological wastelands and the aesthetic traditions that perpetuate them are status symbols imported from Europe in the age of slavery. While asking people to embrace an aesthetic shift and adopt native plants into their landscaping, let us dig deeper and help undo the environmental degradation and systematic oppression of economically impoverished but culturally rich communities on the Front Range.