The Maryland Native Plant Society

2019 Annual Fall Conference

Ancient Forests and Peatlands of Western Maryland.

Members: $80
Nonmembers: $90
Members of other native plant societies: $80
Students: $15

The above fees include Saturday morning speakers; field trips on Saturday and Sunday; and lunch on Saturday. Separate fee for Saturday Social.

Evening Social, Speaker and Dinner: $50

Registration Fees will increase by $10 on August 1.

Saturday August 24

Agenda is subject to change

8:30 Check In

9:00 Welcome

9:15 Kevin Dodge, Director of Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology, Garrett College. Our Mountain Peatlands: Why I Think They’re Cool & You Should Too!

10:15 Break

10:25 Sunshine Brosi, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, Frostburg State University. Old-Growth Forests of the Ridge & Valley and Appalachian Plateau: Ecology & Age

11:25 Break

11:30 Joan Maloof, Founder & Executive Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network. Experiencing and Preserving Our Old-Growth Forests

11:45 Announcements

Saturday Field Trips, 1-5 pm

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. Selecting a field trip does not confirm your choice, we will contact you in July to confirm your trip OR ask for your second choice option.
See the Field Trips page for details. Subject to change

  • 4-H Camp. Zach Fowler & Megan Carr
  • Elk Ridge Native Plant Preserve. Liz McDowell & Ron Boyer
  • Fifteen Mile Creek. Chris Frye & Kirsten Johnson
  • Finzel Swamp. Donnelle Keech & Donna Gates
  • FSU Arboretum Exploration. Karyn Molines & Austin Persons
  • New Germany State Park. Joe Metzger & MNPS volunteer
  • North Cherry Creek Bog. Kevin Dodge & Ed Gates
  • Old-Growth Dedication Site. Sunshine Brosi & Joan Maloof
  • Paw Paw Tunnel & Hill Trail. Champ Zumbrun & Kerry Wixted

    Saturday Social

    (additional $50 fee, do not have to register for the conference to attend)

    5:00 Evening Social, Cash Bar, Appetizers, Poster Session

    6:00 Buffet Dinner

    7:00 Film - “A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun” with a brief introduction and discussion led by Sunshine Brosi.

    This one-hour documentary explores the life and legacies of E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971), one of the foremost botanists and ecologists in American history. Braun was a trailblazer in the emerging science of plant ecology, and a leader in the early conservation movement. She published the landmark book Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America and helped to preserve many natural spaces in Ohio and Kentucky.

    This critically acclaimed film is a co-production of Meg Hanrahan Media and Voyageur Media Group, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating public media about science, history and culture.

    Sunday Field Trips

    Included in the basic registration fee. Must be registered for the conference to attend Sunday field trips. Meet at the field trip location. Directions will be provided at the conference. Most trips are from 10 am to 2 pm, but some start earlier or end later. Selecting a field trip does not confirm your choice, we will contact you in July to confirm your trip OR ask for your second choice option. See the Field Trips page for details. Subject to change

    • Asa Durst Homestead Trails. Scott Campbell & Dwight Johnson
    • C & O Canal at Spring Gap. Joe Metzger & Liz Matthews
    • Crabtree Slopes. Dan Boone & Sunshine Brosi
    • Cranesville Swamp. Zach Fowler & Karyn Molines
    • The Glades. Kevin Dodge & Jil Swearingen


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