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Tri-State Native Plant Conference 2017

Nature Knows No Boundaries

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 (NCTC)
Shepdherdstown, WV

Register for the Fall Conference

Friday, September 29

1:00 Room check in opens

3:00 Conference check in opens

5:30-7:30 Buffet dinner

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

Evening social and bonfire (snacks, cash bar)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

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, morning trips will return in time for lunch)

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 

Time TBD: An presentation by Kevin Dodge: The Sounds of the Wild

Evening social and bonfire (snacks, cash bar)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Field trips & workshops begin

Box lunches will  be provided 

Registration Fee:

includes field trips and evening speakers for Saturday & Sunday.

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.


ACCOMMODATIONS: 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.

FIELD TRIPS & SCHEDULE: Download the Field Trip and Workshop listing (PDF) 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.

Field Trips

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


  • Designing Your Garden With Native Plant Communities
  • Maintaining a Field Journal Sketchbook, 
  • iNaturalist 
  • Beginning Botany
  • Tree ID 
  • Grass ID
  • Paw Paws
  • Conservation Roundtable

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

©2017 Maryland Native Plant Society 
PO Box 4877, Silver Spring, MD 20914

MNPS is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable
organization incorporated in Maryland. 

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