Wed. Sept 23 – Soil Questions Answered – John Pastor

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Topic: everything you always wanted to know about soil as it pertains to growing native plants but were afraid to ask – or more likely just did not know you need to know. Understanding how soil is naturally formed and then affected by human alterations can make the difference between a successful native plant gardening/restoration project and a disappointing patch of weeds. Should you add fertilizer to the soil? compost? roto-till it? Come learn the answers to these questions and much more. (for a related article, check this out:

When: Wednesday September 23, doors open 6:30 for socializing and set up, 7:00 – 8:15 PM presentation + Q & A

Where: Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth


Who: The presentation will be by John Pastor, who received his Ph.D. in Forestry and Soil Science in 1980 following an MS in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did post-doctoral research in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been a Senior Research Associate at NRRI since 1984, Professor in Biology since 1996, and Director of Graduate Studies in Biology since 2000. His research and scholarly interests include the structure and function of northern ecosystems.

This presentation is free and open to the public, though non-Hartley members are encouraged to consider placing a contribution in the donation box near the front desk.

Wednesday Evening Yard Tour – Cathy & Kirby Wood

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Join Wild Ones members and friends for a yard tour!


Cathy & Kirby Wood moved to this property in 2006; remodeled, restored and landscaped much of the area with native plants.
Explore rain & rock gardens, berms, terrace, grape arbor, woodland trail, raised veg. beds, fruit trees & bushes.
Refreshments provided. Comments/suggestions to improve their yard are welcome.

*bring a pail, if you want to take home balsam or spruce trees (approx. 1 ft. or more in height)

Date: Wednesday evening August 26 from 6:30 – 8 pm. (no rain date)

Address: 3700 E. Superior Street, Duluth (park on the lakeside of Superior St. – no parking sticker needed)

Directions: London Road to 36th Ave. E , take 36th to Superior St. Turn right onto Superior St.
Look for the 4th driveway from the 36th corner East on the lakeside, with the prairie boulevard.

July Field Trip – Cloquet Forestry Center Tour

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Join Wild Ones members and friends for a July Field Trip


Research Plot Technician Rachael Olesiak will guide our group on a 45-60 minute forest tour. The tour will include the history of the Cloquet Forestry Center and some of its current and long-term research projects. We will be riding in a very large wagon (seats 20 people). Since you’ll be going through the forest, please bring bug spray or wear long pants, shirts, etc.

Date: Weds. evening July 29 at 6:30 pm.

To reserve a space on the wagon, RSVP to

Interested in carpooling from Duluth? Meet at the Rose Garden parking lot at 5:45 pm.

Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: 218-726-6401

I have included directions to the Center, however, University Rd (Cty. Rd. 5) . will be closed via the north until July 31. Therefore, those traveling from the north should follow University Rd (left off Big Lake Rd if coming from Hwy. 33). straight onto Cartwright and then turn right onto the Moorehead Rd. which will bring them back to University Rd. where they will take a right to enter the Center from the south end.

Questions – contact Cathy.

DGFS Plant Sale and Landscaping with Natives/Wildflower Walk – Sat. May 30!

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EVENT #1 The annual DGFS plant sale will be on Saturday May 30 at the Duluth Rose Garden parking lot. Wild Ones will have a table of plants to sell + information to hand out. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE PLANTS (dug up spares from your yard are fine or started from seed) you can either bring them to the sale by 7:30 AM or drop them off at my house – contact me for details. And WE DO NEED PLANTS as this is is our main fund raiser for the year (and our sales table looks sad without them). Please no invasive non-natives. Though we prefer to sell mostly native plants if you have hostas or other non-invasive, non-native plants to donate I won’t say no. (this means no thanks to non-native lily-of-the-valley, snow on the mountain … pls ask me if you aren’t sure.)

IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP AT THE SALE please let me know. The core time we need help is from 7:15 to 9:30 AM. The sale starts at 8:00 AM and usually lasts 1.5 to 2 hours.

EVENT #2 Landscaping with Native Plants and Spring Wildflower Walk – A joint program for Wild Ones, Head of the Lake Chapter of MN Master Naturalists and friends!

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015

[10:15 AM meet at the Rose Garden Wild Ones table area as we wind up the sale if you would like to carpool.]

11:00 AM Leaning Pine Native Plants Landscaping. Meet owner Paul Hlina for tour and education about landscaping with native plants – and shop for plants!

12:30 – 2:00 PM Picnic Lunch and wild flower walk at beautiful Amnicon Falls State Park

· bring snack or lunch for picnic at the park

· Thimbleberry Trail and/or walking trail. Bring your favorite wild flower book.

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Paper Making with Sue Brown – Wed April 22

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paper making

When and Where: Wednesday April 22, 6:30 -7:00 meet and socialize, 7:00 PM program starts at Hartley Nature Center in Duluth

Who and What: Sue Brown of the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild will introduce us to the exciting world of paper making. Bring 3 or 4 sheets of junk mail and go home with a sheet of hand made paper ready to be turned into a greeting card or booklet. Feel free to bring
additives for the paper, anything that can be cut up in the blender such as pine needles, berries, leaves (dry or fresh), flowers…

Wed. March 25, Sax-Zim Bog with Mark (Sparky) Stensaas

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March 25 Program at Hartley Nature Center doors open at 6:30, program starts at 7:00 PM

Mark (Sparky) Stensaas will speak on the preservation, plants and wildlife of the Sax-Zim bog.  Sparky is an amazing author of books on wildflowers and other naturalist subjects as well as a professional photographer.Welcome Center Owl Ave Sax-Zim Bog MN IMG_4217

Dan Schutte & Kristen Pless – Wednesday, February 25

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monarch1In January, Dan Schutte and Kristen Pless travelled to Mexico to visit the monarch butterfly sanctuaries in the state of Michoacan, 100 miles west of Mexico City. Over the last decade through his work in environmental education and natural resource management, Dan has developed a strong interest in the plight of pollinators and particularly the monarch butterfly. He has dedicated much of his time outside of work to propagating native wildflowers from seed and creating habitat for the insects and animals that depend on them. Kristen is a photographer, and professor of photography UMD. She photographed an extensive project while visiting the reserves. Her goal with the project is to create awareness of the social and environmental importance of supporting the monarch butterfly through wise land use and environmental stewardship activities. Their presentation will provide an overview of their native plant and habitat projects over the last few years and a look at the monarch butterfly sanctuaries in Mexico through Kristen’s camera lens.

Wednesday Jan. 28 – Doug Tallamy

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imageOK we won’t actually have Doug Tallamy LIVE and in person, but we will hear from him. Wild Ones – Arrowhead just purchased the DVD we’ve all been waiting for – “The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden.” This DVD contains Doug Tallamy’s most recent presentations filmed with a live audience during a Wild Ones Fox Valley Area conference. We will show Part 1: “The Value of Having Native Plants in our Yards” (approx. 1 hr). A short discussion will follow. Tallamy is the award winning author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.

Another time we will view Part 2: “Creating Healthy, Biodiverse Neighborhood Corridors” (1-1/4 hr plus Q&A)

When: 6:30 pm socialize & refreshments, 7:00 program
Where: Hartley Nature Center, Duluth

*Wild Ones programs at Hartley Nature Center, starting January 28 through April, are on the FOURTH Wednesday of each month.  We are working on our schedule for summer programs as well.


February 25
Dan Schutte and his wife, Kristen will present their trip to the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico.

March 25
Mark (Sparky) Stensaas will speak on the preservation, plants and wildlife of the Sax-Zim bog. Sparky is an amazing author of books on wildflowers and other naturalist subjects as well as a professional photographer.

April 22
Sue Brown of the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild will introduce us to the exciting world of paper making. Bring 3 or 4 sheets of junk mail and go home with a sheet of hand made paper ready to be turned into a greeting card or booklet.

Saturday May 9 – Duluth Flower Garden Society spring luncheon, co-hosted by our Arrowhead chapter and the Chester Creek garden club.

December ’14 Update

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Nine people braved the weather to heard Joy Turnbull-Dunham (environmental educator) present an overview of the on-going partnership between Hartley Nature Center and our Chapter. Then six different yard certification programs were discussed. Ask for the detailed handout at a future meeting! Our president gave the annual Chapter yearly report, and an election of officers was held. People selected native seeds to take home which were donated by members.



Arrowhead Chapter Annual Meeting – November 2014

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WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 19
6:30 doors open for socializing, snacking and seed exchange

7:00 Joy or Brett from Hartley will talk a little bit about the Hartley/WO partnership and what all is going on at the nature center to promote native gardens, plants, etc. and controlling invasive species

7:15ish Share information and ideas regarding the various options out there for certifying your yard, e.g., through Wild Ones and Monarch Watch, NWF, etc.

7:40 Annual Chapter Meeting
Officer elections
Re-cap of 2014 activities
Brainstorming re: 2015 program and activity ideas, priorities
Review our Special Opportunities (aka “who might like to help us do ____”?)

WHERE: Hartley Nature Center, Duluth MN

WHO: All members and other interested persons are welcome to attend all or part of the program. no special guest speakers this month, just casual fun.