Healing the earth, one yard at a time.

Wild Ones teaches people about the importance of native plants, for the health of the environment and everything living in it. Our goal is to get more native plants in the ground in all landscapes — homes, businesses, schools, and more. Our chapter’s membership primarily comes from St. Paul and surrounding communities in Minnesota.

Heather Holm recorded her talk Specialist Bees for the Ecological Landscape Association.  Watch it here.  Find her recommended resources here.

LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AWARD PROGRAM (LEAP) WINNER!  The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District recognized Big River Big Woods and Island Lake Elementary School with a 2021 LEAP award, which honors exceptional partners in watershed conservation.  Thanks to all who made this possible!  Here’s a short video of the Island Lake Pollinator Garden: video.

Wild Ones Annual Photo Contest Winners!  BRBW members Joan Brandwein and Karen Eckman won First Place in Natural Landscaping and Wild Ones Projects Divisions.  View them at Prize-Winning Photos.

Future Chapter Meetings

Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Lightning Talks
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Brooklyn Bridge Park Lessons (so far!) in Constructed Ecology
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

December Break
Big River Big Woods will not meet in December.  We wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.

Videos of past chapter meetings are here.

Big River Big Woods service projects are winding down for the season.  Direct your questions about a project to contact@bigriverbigwoods.org. Help us restore native landscapes at one of our service project locations!

A gravel path through a blooming flower garden.

Island Lake Elementary School

Shoreview's Island Lake Elementary School's Pollinator Garden has undergone major renovation in recent years.

  • Location: 3555 Victoria St. N.
  • Meeting on: weekday or Saturday mornings as needed, from 9 to 11 am, starting in mid-June.
  • Mailing list: The schedule changes according to what's needed, so it's best to be on the mailing list. Send your request to contact@bigriverbigwoods.org.
  • Ask for: Karen or Leanne.
  • More details can be found by clicking "See all projects".

A stone path through a native plant garden with grasses and pink flowers.

Roseville Public Library

The Children's Garden at the Ramsey County Library is framed by natural plantings and includes a rain garden as well as a natural prairie. The garden is used frequently by families with young children who enjoy the fenced in area to safely play outdoors while visiting the library.

  • Location: 2180 North Hamline Ave
  • Meeting on: schedule to be determined
  • Length of session: 1 hr.
  • Ask for: Nicole Brinkman, Librarian
  • More details can be found by clicking "See all projects".

Villa Park Gardens

Roseville’s Villa Park rain and pollinator gardens are in need of some tender loving care.

  • Location: 2055 Cohansey Boulevard.
  • Meeting on: Alternate Thursdays, starting on June 3, at 6 p.m.
  • Length of session: 1+ hours
  • Special focus: Preparing the pollinator garden for edging and installing. Enhancing appearance.
  • Mailing list: For updates and last minute changes due to weather, send your request to be on the mailing list to contact@bigriverbigwoods.org
  • Ask for: Erica
  • More details can be found by clicking "See all projects".