It all started when…
The Rewild Initiative had originally been founded by environmental analyst David Jakim in January 2017 with the aim to protect existing biodiversity and rewild public spaces to benefit wildlife at the Port Washington peninsula.
In the fall of 2018 a group of concerned citizens got together at the Port Washington Public Library and discussed urgent matters of local and immediate environmental and public health. ReWild Long Island was born out of that meeting to increase biodiversity in both public and private spaces using native plants.
In the Fall of 2018, ReWild Long Island started our first Fall Planting with seven Pioneer families joining together to ReWild their yards, guided by Landscape Architect Rusty Schmidt, Founder of Long Island Native Plant Initiative. In addition, ReWild Long Island drove two public ReWildings at Whitney Pond Preserve and Sands Point Preserve.
This effort was redoubled in Spring of 2018, when ReWild Long Island worked with 16 families to transform their yards with native plantings, while engaging 32 additional families who started adding natives to their existing gardens. In addition, ReWild Long Island was able to work with five public institutions on their ReWilding including a 1200 square foot planting at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Manhasset and The Science Museum of Long Island in Plandome.
ReWild Long Island is registered as a public Non-Profit with the New York State Division of Corporations and State Records.