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2019 Wild Things Conference
on February 23, 2019

 

Dedicated volunteer and restoration leader, Bob Kelliher, separates seeds of ironweed at Kickapoo Prairie in Riverdale, Illinois.

Dedicated volunteer and restoration leader, Bob Kelliher, separates seeds of ironweed at Kickapoo Prairie in Riverdale, Illinois.

Deepen your knowledge and your love of Chicago’s natural wonders at the 2019 Wild Things Conference on February 23, 2019. People and nature. That’s what this conference is all about. And ChicagoNatureNOW! will be there, too! Click here for information and registration. 

I’ll be giving a lively, inspirational presentation about ChicagoNatureNOW! entitled “Chicago Nature: Spreading the Good Word.” It’s Session 2H (from 11:15 to Noon). Expect a fun program with breathtaking images depicting the vast natural wonders of our region. And to inspire people to volunteer with us, our Nature Scouts will speak about the difference ChicagoNatureNOW! has made in their lives. Plus, to grow new collaborations and volunteers throughout the day, we’ll have an exhibit table. Would you like help man it (woman it or LGBTQIA it)? If so, please let me know.

Nowadays, all of Chicago’s natural sites need humanity’s stewardship and protection in order to exist, let alone thrive. Of course, that wasn’t always the case. But now, after hundreds of years of human interference, we need to stay diligent by restoring health and biodiversity to our rare local habits. That’s why I created this website and my book—to expand the number of local nature lovers so that a portion will volunteer to restore our preserves. Awareness and education are essential.

Every week during the long growing season, ChicagoNatureNOW! sends you off into the wilds of Chicago to discover glorious Edens that are ignored by most Chicagoans going about their daily lives. Our weekly posts also educate you. Then, every two years, the Wild Things Conference is held. It’s a wonderful opportunity to build on your nature knowledge through their many educational sessions and to interact (and even party) with like-minded nature lovers.

I always say, “To learn about nature is to fall in love with nature.” The Wild Things conference is your chance to learn more about nature and, hence, deepen your love for it.

Sign up fast because it’s a popular event, and there’s a limited number of spaces! And don’t forget to register to attend our rewarding presentation (Session 2H).

—Mike

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