The Maryland Native Plant Society

The Maryland Native Plant Society

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

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Friday, September 29

1:00 p.m. Room Check In Begins

1:30 p.m. Conference Check-In Begins (until 5:30)

1:30 p.m. Invasive Plant Removal Workshop on NCTC grounds

1:30 p.m. Flora of VA App Demonstration

2:45 p.m. Flora of VA App Demonstration

3:00-5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet, Poster Sessions

4:00 p.m. Flora of VA App Demonstration

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. VNPS business meeting

7:30 p.m. Bland Crowder, Flora of VA App

7:35: Wesley Knapp, Western Regional Ecologist NC Natural Heritage Department

9:00 pm. Workshop: Lewis Gorman, of US Fish & Wildlife’s Nat’l Seed Strategy Implementation Team

9:00 Social and Bonfire with Music

Saturday, September 30, 2017

6:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast

7:15 a.m. Flora Of Virginia App Demonstration

8:00 a.m. Late Arrivals Room Check-In

8:00 a.m. Late Arrivals Conference Check-In

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Half Day Field Trips and Workshops

8:30 a.m. Full Day Field Trips

  • pick up box lunches
  • meet for carpooling/caravans

12:00 p.m. Lunch for on-site activities

1:00-4:30 p.m. Afternoon Half Day Field Trips and Workshops

5:00 p.m. Full Day Field Trips return back to NCTC

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. 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 

9:00 pm. Workshop: Lewis Gorman, of US Fish & Wildlife’s Nat’l Seed Strategy Implementation Team

9:00 p.m. Evening Social and Bonfire with a presentation by Kevin Dodge: The Sounds of the Wild

Sunday, October 1, 2017

6:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Field Trips and Workshops gather

  • pick up box lunches
  • meet for carpooling/caravans


Check-In begins on Friday 1:00

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!

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.

Field Trips and Workshops

(PDF  or Web

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PO Box 4877, Silver Spring, MD 20914

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