Be sure to check out the SILENT AUCTION at this year's Conference!

Featured Silent Auction Item
Bison Buggy Ride for Eight at Belwin Conservancy

Each summer the Belwin Conservancy, located near Afton, hosts a bison herd on its’ restored prairie. The Conservancy has built a custom vehicle--the bison buggy--for hosting tours of the prairie and observing he bison up close. The buggy seats eight, providing a chance to see the amazing creatures—watch and photograph them from the comfort and safety of this custom vehicle, while getting your questions answered by the driver.

Katie Bloome, Executive Director at Belwin, has donated a private bison buggy ride to our silent auction. Participants are invited to bring a picnic. These private buggy tours are arranged in advance. Weekday, evening, and weekend hours are available. These can be wonderful family outings and great birthday gifts for kids. The buggy ride is valued at $500. (This is the same amount Conservancy members are asked to donate to arrange a similar activity.)

Belwin’s prairies are some of the oldest restored prairies in the area, and their reintroduction of bison offers a unique opportunity for visitors to see a living example of prehistoric Minnesota that also serves as a model for sustainable land use. 

Design With Nature conference uses Silent Auction proceeds to further the Wild Ones important educational mission.  Available to Wild Ones MN Chapters through a mini-grant application process, grants are provided for projects which enhance the visibility of Wild Ones in Minnesota  and meet the Wild Ones mission  to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices that preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Over recent years, we have approved a total of $4,000 for projects including printing the “Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Native Plant Nursery” brochures, supporting the Landscape Revival, matching any Wild Ones national “Seeds for Education” awards to Minnesota schools, honoring a recently deceased founding board member of TC chapter with a donation to national, and funding Wild Ones Chapter signage and materials for Outreach. This year a Minnesota school is again in the running for a SFE award, which we will match.  

THANK YOU to all of the donors to this year's SILENT AUCTION!

Here are many of the fantastic items available to bid on at the conference:
  • Bamboo Cutting Board  (donated by Heather Holm)
  • Save the Bee mug  (donated by Heather Holm)
  • Bee Happy Dish Towel  (donated by Heather Holm)
  • BookButterfly Gardening by Jane Hurwitz  (donated by Anne Hanley)
  • Pieced wall hanging  (donated by Anne Hanley)
  • Pottery wheat imprinted  (donated by Anne Hanley)
  • Blue Jay figurine  (donated by Terri Shipley)
  • Mockingbird figurine  (donated by Terri Shipley)
  • Duck Stamp digital print of original 1989 postage stamp by a MN artist Jim Hautman  (donated by Karen Graham)
  • Felted Wool Dryer Balls, set of 6  (donated by Sandra Nussbaum)
  • Mandala Pollinator Cards-pack of 8  (donated by Vicky & Richard Bonk)
  • Wooden Vase, hand crafted, dark stain  (donated by Joe & Carol Crowe)
  • Wooden Bowl, hand crafted green stain  (donated by Joe & Carol Crowe)
  • Wooden Bowl, hand crafted golden fininsh  (donated by Joe & Carol Crowe)
  • Wooden Bowl, hand crafted clear finish  (donated by Joe & Carol Crowe)
  • Woodblock print  (donated by Karen Oakes)
  • Original Artwork by Leslie PilgrimAcylic media on panel:  All are Welcome in my Yard  (donated by Leslie Pilgrim)
  • Wildflower photo notecards  (donated by Katy Chayka)
  • Bison Viewing Buggy Ride at Belwin Nature Conservancy gift certificate  (donated by Belwin Nature Conservancy)
  • Monarch Flowers Poster Original Print by Sarah Nassif  (donated by Vicky & Richard Bonk)
  • Monarch Flowers Poster Original Print by Sarah Nassif  (donated by Vicky & Richard Bonk)
  • Norwex eco-friendly cleaning product  (donated by Tammy & Paul Seemann)
  • BookAttracting Native Pollinators  (donated by Xerces Society)
  • BookGardening for Butterflies  (donated by Xerces Society)
  • SignPollinator Habitat  (donated by Xerces Society)
  • Naturally Wild gift certificates for native plants  (donated by Naturally Wild)
  • Beaded Dragonfly Earrings  (donated by Terri Shipley)
  • Hand embroidered silk scarf with dragon motif  (donated by Terri Shipley)
  • Matted Waterfowl prints, set of 3  (donated by Tammy & Paul Seemann)
  • Jack in the Pulpit print, framed  (donated by Tammy & Paul Seemann)
  • Live Edge Wood Bench  (donated by EcoScape Native Nursery)
  • 2019 membership for one to the Bush Lake Chapter of Izaak Walton League  (donated by Bush Lake Izaak Walton League)
  • Gift Certificate for Natural Shore Technology native plants  (donated by Natural Shore Technology)
  • Bracelet with Stirling Silver Bee charm  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Sterling Silver Butterfly Pin with shell inlay  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Hummingbird Pin, crystals  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Bee Pin, crystals  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Thomas Kinkade Stained Glass Panel Bridge of Faith  (donated by Terri Shipley)
  • Sidney Z. Lucas reproduction of John Gould's Psephotus pulcherrimus ca 1930-1940  (donated by Terri Shipley)
  • Life Coaching package  (donated by Katie Ibes)
  • Bottle of Wine, Made in MN with wire charms & carrier  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Hiking Kit includes field guide, mosquito net hat, stainless steel water bottle, flavored hydration packets & boot sole cleaners  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Set of Tableclothe weights  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Handcrafted maple wood Longaberger Company Basket, signed, collectible  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Book & CD Reptiles & Amphibians of Minnesota Field Guide by Stan Tekiela  (donated by Stan Tekiela)
  • Book, autographed—Bird Trivia by Stan Tekiela  (donated by Stan Tekiela)
  • Book, CD & Wall ChartEyewitness Books Insect  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Monarch Highway Posters  (donated by Vicky & Richard Bonk)
  • Quilted Pot Holders with Wildflower Applique, set of three, handcrafted  (donated by Marilynn Torkelson)
  • Decorative Serving Plate  (donated by Tom Torkelson)
  • Set of 12 photo notecards of loons  (donated by Tom Torkelson)
  • PhotoMichigan Lily with Monarch  (donated by Tom Torkelson)
  • Norwex "Pitch the Plastic" bundle  (donated by Tammy & Paul Seemann)
  • Batik Scarf  (donated by Marilynn Torkelson)
  • Gift Basket  (donated by Green Space-True Nature Design LLC)
  • Original Art by Jan ColemanWildflowers  (donated by Jan Coleman)
  • Original Art by Jan ColemanMerganser  (donated by Jan Coleman)
  • Garden Tea Party for 6  (donated by Julia Vanatta & Marilyn Jones)
  • Norwex Reusable Grocery Bag  (donated by Tammy & Paul Seemann)
  • BookSedges and Rushes of MN by Welby Smith  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Canvas Zip Pouch, moth motif  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Navajo Sandpainting "Sun Creation" by Jimmie Yazzie  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Book—Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs  (donated by Terrace Horticultural Books)
  • Backpack, Eddie Bauer Stowaway  (donated by Rosalind Johnson)
  • 4 salad plates with garden design  (donated by Nancy Rose)
  • Design with Nature T-shirts  (donated by Juilia Vanatta)
  • T-Shirt "These are Difficult Times"  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • T-Shirt "Circle of Life"  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Travel Straw Sets, stainless steel  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Butterfly Earrings, Twist-back, Sterling  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Floating Candles, Bees  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Garden Trowel & Clipper  (donated by Marilyn Jones)
  • Farmer's Market Produce Bags handmade with organic cotton gauze, set of 3  (donated by Marilynn Torkelson)
  • Jewelry  (donated by Birchberry Native Arts & Foods)
  • Pictures  (donated by Lori Andreen)