WILD Center Website Status

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WILD Center Website Status

The WILD Center website was set up to provide information about the evolving physical home of Wild Ones. The property has been acquired, the prairie is well established, we’ve protected the migrating turtles, put up a walking guide to the property—and lots more. Now we’re going to “go silent” in this section until we have more to say.

Watch the Wild Ones website and our Facebook page for the latest. We’ll include WILD Center happenings there in the meantime.

A Day with Eagles Along the Fox River

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Join volunteers of “A Day with Eagles Along the Fox River” on November 14th.

The list of viewing spots are:


  • Expera Specialty Solutions (formerly Thilmany), 899 Thilmany Rd., Kaukauna
  • 1000 Islands Environmental Center, 1000 Beaulieu Ct., Kaukauna
  • Riverside Park, Riverside Dr./River St., Kaukauna
  • Prospect St. Overlook, near 345-349 Prospect St., Combined Locks
  • Historical Marker, 1169 W. Main St., Little Chute
  • Sunset Point Park, 800 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly
  • Fox River Environmental Education Alliance (formerly called Mount Alverno), 1000 N. Ballard Rd., Appleton
  • Telulah Park, 1300 E. Newberry St., Appleton
  • College Ave. Bridge and Banta Ct. near 1143 E. Banta Ct., Appleton
  • Lawe St.-Newberry Trail, 668 E. Newberry St. and Warch Campus Center – Lawrence University, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton
  • Vulcan Heritage Park, 535 W. Water St. and Paper Discovery Center, 425 W. Water St., Appleton
  • Lutz Park, 1320 S. Lutz Dr., Appleton
  • WILD Center, 2285 Butte des Morts Beach Rd., Neenah
  • Fritse Park/Trestle Trail, 899 N. Lake St., Menasha
  • Jefferson Park, Kargus Dr./915 Third St., Menasha
  • Kimberly Point Park, 290 Lakeshore Ave., Neenah

For more information call the WILD Center at (920) 730-3986


How to build a bat house

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Halloween is right around the corner and it wouldn’t be Halloween without bats. The National Wildlife Federation has a fantastic, step by step blog piece on how to build a bat house. Bats are important creatures to the ecosystem and insect eating. One pesky insect that bats eat are mosquitoes and the bat can eat hundreds in one night!

To view how to build your own bat house click here

Also make sure to visit our website for all things Wild Ones.

Leave your leaves

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The fall season is upon us and many of us will spend a lot of weekends raking and dumping leaves onto the street for pickup. Instead of going through all that effort, why not try leaving them where they fall?  There are many insects that winter over in the fallen leaves.  As they break down over the course of the winter season, they also provide much needed nourishment for the soil. If you simply can’t stand to leave them where they fall, instead of dumping them into the street to be hauled away to the local landfill, why not try dumping the leaves around nearby trees to provide a mulch cover for their thirsty roots?

WILD Ones Wild Center Wild Store

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The WILD Center has a large assortment of items for purchase in the WILD Store.

Wild Ones items at the WILD Store include:

  • Long sleeved denim shirt with lawnmower logo: $50
  • Sweatshirts with Wild Ones logo: $32
  • Long sleeved T-shirts: $19
  • Short sleeved T-shirts: $17
  • Wild Ones yard sign: $20
  • Butterfly Garden Recognition yard sign: $20
  • Pesticide yard sing $11
  • Many different types of books
  • DVD’s and CD’s
  • Any many more!

Make sure to stop by the WILD Center to check out these awesome store items!

Or order on-line  at the Wild Store and pay shipping and handling.

Milkweed Seed – Gathering & Shipping

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Part of our partnership with Bring Back the Monarchs is sharing milkweed seed with Monarch Watch. We should appreciate you sending any seed you care to share directly to Monarchs Watch. Reference Milkweed Basics at  http://www.wildones.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Milkweed-Basics-2015.pdf

Please dry the seed first if at all possible. Reference Gathering Seed at http://www.wildones.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/gatherseed.pdf

Thank you for your help and support of Wild Ones!

WILD Center flowers and plants medicinal use

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Here at the Wild Ones Institute of Learning Development (WILD Center) there are an enormous amount of plants and flowers all over the prairie and gardens, but did you every stop to think about the possible medicinal use these plants have?

One of the most popular plants you will see at the WILD Center is the Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta).  The roots and leaves were used by early American Indians for the treatment of earaches and colds.  It was also used as a kidney stimulant. Another favorite plant this time of year is the New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae).  Its one major use was to drive away snakes from the area and to also treat snake bites. The Aster was also used to help clear peoples complexions.

Wild Ones member Janice Stiefel wrote an article in the Wild Ones Journal for many years covering the many uses of Wild Ones native plants.  To purchase a copy of these articles go to the Wild Ones Wild Store.