The Maryland Native Plant Society

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Before registering, please review the list of field trips.

2019 Fall Conference

Ancient Forests and Peatlands of Western Maryland

Location: Frostburg State University, Co-sponsored by the FSU Department of Biology

This year's conference will highlight the forests, wetlands and other habitats that are found in western Maryland. In addition, we will celebrate our native plants and communities with field trips to remarkable natural areas in the region.

Proceeds from the conference will support our scientific research grant program.

Before registering, please review the list of field trips.

AGENDA (subject to change)

Saturday, August 24

8:30 Check In

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks


  • Sunshine Brosi, Professor of Biology & Ethnobotany Director, Frostburg State University 
  • Kevin Dodge, Director of Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology, Garrett College
  • Joan Maloof, Founder & Executive Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network
  • Student Poster Session

12:00 Announcements Followed by Lunch.

1:00 - 5:00 Field trips – Carpool from the University. Directions and further information will be available at the conference.

Saturday Social

(additional $50 fee)

5:00 Evening Social, Cash Bar, Appetizers, Posters, Treasure Table

6:00 Buffet Dinner

7:00 Film - “A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun” 58 minute running time / Brief film introduction & discussion following film, led by Sunshine Brosi

Sunday, August 25 field trips

(included in basic registration fee)

Field trip descriptions. Meet at the field trip location. Information will be provided at conference.


includes the morning speakers, lunch, afternoon field trips and Sunday field trips

Members+: $80 (after July 1: $90)

Nonmembers: $90 (after July 1: $100)

+ members of other native plant societies may register at members rate

Saturday Social, includes dinner: $50

The Social is a separate fee from the Registration fee. If you are interested in only the Social, contact Karyn Molines:

More Information Fall Conference Agenda Page

Field Trips

  • Field trip directions for both Saturday and Sunday will be provided at the conference.
  • Conference field trips are only open to conference participants.
  • We recommend you wear long pants, hat, and sturdy hiking shoes; be prepared for rain--most trips will still go in the rain.Bring water bottle and any snacks you might need during the hike (lunch is provided for Saturday trips only). Insect repellent for ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes.
  • Bring a handlens and your favorite field guides. Bring a camera to share your photos on Facebook

Several hotels are located near the conference.


Please contact Karyn Molines (Karyn.Molines at gmail dot com) if you would like to volunteer to coordinate carpooling.

Native Treasures Book Sales

Browse and take home a book related to native plants and habitats. Pay what you want for these treasures and support the Maryland Native Plant Society. Please contact Karyn Molines (Karyn.Molines at gmail dot com) if you would like to volunteer to coordinate the Native Treasures.

If you need to cancel please let us know. Full refund if canceled before June 1; 50% refunds if received by August 1. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations received after August 1.

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