WAM is a not-for-profit, member-based organization run by board members who meet on a quarterly basis. We are committed to being a resource for residents in Michigan (homeowners, corporations, land managers, educators, naturalists, and others) who wish to learn more about native plants and their associated habitats. We advocate for and provide education on native plants and native landscaping through our conference, our website, our grant program, and our newsletter.
We are best known for our annual conference, a two-day educational seminar that attracts hundreds of people from the Great Lakes area. Speakers include local, regional and national experts on various plant species, native plant communities, current research, invasive species control, environmental concerns, wildlife, native garden designs and more. We provide inspiration and practical information to residents, land managers and educators so they can pursue their own projects at home, work, school or in their own neighborhood.
Our grant program is an important function of the WAM mission. This self-funded program encourages educators to teach the value of native plants and habitats by providing grant money to classrooms or schools that make a commitment to using native plants on their school campuses. Grants are also awarded to nonprofit groups to improve public garden spaces with native planting designed to educate the general public about the benefits of native plants.
WAM is grateful to our donors who make these grants possible. Through the years we have received support of the Hal and Jean Glassen Foundation, the Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., chapters of the Wild Ones organization, the Four Seasons Nursery, the Rochester Garden Club, the Livonia Garden Club, native plant growers, and regular and generous contributions by our board members and our general membership. Thanks to all for supporting this important educational outreach.