The Maryland Native Plant Society

MNPS Online Programs

Welcome to MNPS virtual programs via Zoom! You can join our virtual events by computer, smartphone, or tablet with a high-speed internet connection. If you are driving or otherwise unable to connect via internet, you can alternatively call in by phone to listen and participate by audio only. Please prepare in advance by downloading the Zoom app to your device and reading the instructions below for joining and participating in Zoom Cloud Meetings.

Download the Zoom app

  1. Download and install the free app either directly from Zoom (select “Zoom Client for Meetings”) or through your device’s app store (select “Zoom Cloud Meetings”).
  2. If you like, open the Zoom app and create an account (recommended if you will be joining future meetings), but it is not necessary for participating in a meeting.


Joining the meeting by internet

  1. At least five minutes prior to the start of the program, open the email you received from MNPS with the meeting information.
  2. Click the program link. If you have not already downloaded and installed the Zoom app, a browser window will open and prompt you to do so. Otherwise, select “open zoom.us” on the popup that opens.
  3. The Zoom app will open, and you will be asked whether you want to join with or without video (showing your video is optional and is not necessary for your participation in the meeting).
  4. You be in the “waiting room” until the host admits you.
  5. Once you have been admitted, Zoom will ask whether you want to hear the audio through your computer or by phone. Select “computer audio”, unless you will be joining by phone.
  6. Your microphone will be disabled during the meeting. Use the chat feature for asking questions via your desktop or mobile device (instructions below).
  7. Please be aware that all MNPS programs are recorded, including audio, video, and chat.

Desktop Instructions

Participant controls & video viewing options

  • Once you have joined the meeting, move your cursor to reveal the controls if they are not visible at the bottom of your screen. Your microphone will be muted, and you will not be able to unmute yourself. You can ask questions by typing them in the chat box; see below.

You will see participant videos along the side or top of your screen. You can minimize the panel, reposition the panel on your screen, or show only the person speaking.

panel of participant videos - minimize, view speaker only, view all participant videos, click and drag to reposition panel

  • During the presentation, stay in "Speaker View" (the default unless "Gallery View" is clicked).
  • Choose your preference of "Full Screen" view or a minimized window.


To ask questions via Chat

  • Click the “Chat” button. A new panel will open along the side of your screen.
  • Type your message in the box at the bottom of that screen.
  • In the "To" field, make sure “Everyone” is selected.
  • Click “Send”. You will be able to see chats that are directed to Everyone or privately to you by one of the hosts.

desktop-Zoom-chat-panel

 

MOBILE INSTRUCTIONS

Participant controls & video viewing options

Once you have joined the meeting, tap your screen to make the controls visible. Your microphone will be muted, and you will not be able to unmute yourself. You can ask questions by typing them in the chat box; see below.

Zoom participant controls mobile

To ask questions via Chat:

  • Tap the “More” control in the bottom-right of your screen.
  • Tap the "Chat" button on the next screen.
Zoom mobile chat button
  • The Chat screen will open. Type your message in the box at the bottom of the chat panel.
  • Select “Everyone”.
  • Click “Send”. You will be able to see chats that are directed to Everyone or privately to you by one of the hosts.
mobile view of Zoom chat screen



Joining by phone

  1. In your email containing the meeting invitation, you will have received various phone numbers for joining by phone audio only.* Choose the location nearest you, dial in, and follow any recorded instructions.
  2. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID, which is the 9, 10, or 11 digit ID you received in the email.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID (only recommended if you are viewing the meeting video via desktop or mobile; not needed if you are participating by phone only—press # to skip)*.
  4. You can find more details in the Zoom help documentation.

*If you are joining the meeting to view it on desktop or mobile, you will be presented with the option to join by computer audio or phone call. Selecting “Phone Call” will provide you the list of dial-in numbers as well as Meeting ID and Participant ID.

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