Backyard Ecology



The future of the planet is intimately linked the the American back yard. The vast swaths of landscape and huge petrochemical inputs diminish the health of the planet and her creatures and the damage by all accounts is growing. Even the so-called “green” and “sustainability” movements have resulted in green sterility of exotic plants and monocultures while many attempts at sustainability have accomplished little more than increasing the carbon footprint of American communities. That’s the bad news.



The good news is that detoxifying our homes and yards and increasing the ecological contribution of the bit of earth under our care need not be difficult or expensive. In fact, our front and back yards can be more beautiful, more friendly to wild creatures, and less expensive to care for with expert advice and design. That is how The Naturalist School can help.



In addition to our workshops and Saunters to grow the wildness within, we offer consulting services, planting support, sources for locally-wild native plants, and a community of like-minded people committed to the ecological vitality of our neighborhoods and of our planet. We have helped communities and homeowners across the U.S. and Canada, and we are ready to help however and wherever we can.


We are available to help homeowners and communities in the greater Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs areas, and to offer workshops across the continent. Fees for our services support TNS programs. Contact

Plant wildly and well,

Jack Phillips

*Featured image by Cubby Phillips.

*Vireo by Nic Salick; all other photos by Robert Smith.