This conference explores the relationship of the different geological terrains found in Montgomery
County and the natural communities and plants associated with them. The schist and gneiss of the
Potomac Gorge, the diabase found at Hoyles Mill and Edwards Ferry, and the serpentinite region
near Rockville each support a different type of flora. Talks and field trips will emphasize these connections.
Despite intense suburban development, Montgomery County has a rich diversity of natural areas
protected by national, state, and county parks. The Potomac River and the C&O Canal
National Historical Park rim the entire western edge of the county with easy access at many points,
including Great Falls and Little Falls. The ten mile long Potomac Gorge is known to contain
some of the rarest plant communities in the eastern United States. State natural areas adjoin
the C&O NHP in many areas. County parks such as Blockhouse Point, Rachel Carson,
Hoyles Mill, and Little Bennett also preserve large areas of forests and stream valleys.
Sugarloaf Mountain Park, on the nortwestern border of the county, surrounds a 1282-foot-high
quartzite monadnock that is the highest point on Maryland's Piedmont.
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Field Trip Descriptions
All proceeds from the conference benefit the Maryland Native Plant Society's programs and activities.
Early registration is advised. Registration fee includes lunch. Registration at the door does not include lunch. Saturday evening dinner will cost an additional $30.