Tri-State Native Plant Conference 2017

Co-sponsored by Maryland Native Plant Society, Virginia Native Plant Society and West Virginia Native Plant Society
September 29-October 1, 2017
National Conservation Training Center, Shepdherdstown, WV

Registration Fee:

includes morning speakers, Saturday lunch, Saturday and Sunday field trips

Members: $100
Nonmembers: $140
Members of other native plant societies: $100
Students: $15

IMPORTANT: Housing & Meals Fee: $220 or $300 person; see details on the Accommodations page.

Registration Fees will increase after August 1.

Register for the Fall Conference

09/29/2017 • US Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Friday, September 29

Afternoon field trips, invasive removals and workshops.

Conference check in; room check in 

5:30-7:30 Buffet dinner

7:00 Evening speaker – Wesley Knapp, Western Regional Ecologist/Botanist, NC Natural Heritage Dept.

Evening social and bonfire

Saturday, September 30, 2017


8:00 Late check in

9:00 Morning half-day & full-day field trips & workshops begin

12:00 Lunch (box lunches provided for off-site full-day trips)

1:00 Afternoon half-day workshops begin

5:30-7:30 Buffet dinner

7:00 Evening speaker, Beyond our Imagination: Looking at Our Flora and its Conservation Without Boundaries of Time and Space. Rodney Bartgis, formerly with The Nature Conservancy, and both the VA and MD Natural Heritage Programs 

Evening social and bonfire

Sunday, October 1, 2017

9:00 Field trips & workshops begin

Box lunches will  be provided 


Download the Field Trip Brochure (PDF coming soon) and select your field trips before beginning the registration process.

We will try our best to accommodate everyone's choices, but some trip may fill up. We will contact you for your second choice options.

Due to our contract with the NCTC, we are requiring that participants either stay on campus, or pay the meal fee. the NCTC rooms are hotel-style and rates are competitive with those around Shepherdstown. See details on the Accommodations page.

Preliminary Field Trip locations include:

  • Snavely’s Ford Trail
  • Antietam National Battlefield, (Historical Tour, and Botanical Tour)
  • Cranesville Swamp
  • Shanonndale Wildlife Management Area
  • Yankauer Preserve, Ferry Hill, Fern Walks, Taylor’s Landing
  • Historic Antietam
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Catoctin Mountain
  • Cool Spring Preserve
  • Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
  • Snyder’s Landing
  • Loudoun Heights
  • Short Hill-Virginia portion of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Ice Mountain
  • Greenbrier State Park
  • Tours of the NCTC grounds focused on: Trees, Grasss, and Native Plant Communities

Workshops so far:

  • Designing Your Garden With Native Plant Communities
  • Maintaining a Field Journal Sketchbook, 
  • iNaturalist Introduction
  • Beginning Botany
  • Tree ID, walk on the Shepherd Univ. Campus 

Plus plenty to do in Charming Shepherdstown for non-plant persons: Independent Bookstore, Cycling and Kayaking, restaurants. shopping, yoga, antiques, and more!

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