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The Maryland Native Plant Society

Programs

Throughout the year, programs are offered in the evening featuring speakers on topics as varied as identification, habitats, landscaping, and stewardship. Many programs include brief business meetings of the society.

    • 04/28/2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD

    Speaker: Rod Simmons


    If you have been recording observations on iNaturalist for the City Nature Challenge, you can bring your device, and, starting at 5:00 we will work together on IDs. Rod's presentation will begin at 7:30.


    Rod Simmons is the Plant Ecologist for the City of Alexandria, Virginia


    Doors open at 5:00.


    Location: Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD.

    The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

    • 05/09/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • New Germany State Park, Garrett County, MD

    Discover the important connection between native plants, people & wildlife at this 7th annual event!

    Native Plant Nurseries - A large variety of native ferns, sedges, grasses, flowers, shrubs, & trees will be available for sale (cash or check only) from these regional plant nurseries:

    Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery, Floyd, VA

    Evergreen Heritage Center, Mount Savage, MD

    Go Native Tree Farm, Lancaster, PA

    Orders may also be placed with these vendors ahead of time for pick-up the day of the event.


    Speakers - There will be hour-long, digital presentations geared for teens & adults in the Recreation Hall including:

    The Second Wave of Earthworm Invasion - Katalin Szlavecz, Research Professor,Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

    The Meadow at Home - Ian Caton, Owner/Operator, Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery

    The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change - Matt Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor, Appalachian Lab, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

    Conservation Organizations - There will be local experts available to answer questions about native plants & and other natural resource topics at their display booths in the Lake House including:

    Evergreen Heritage Center

    Friends of New Germany State Park

    Garrett Trails

    Maryland Conservation Corps

    Maryland Native Plant Society

    Trout Unlimited

    University of Maryland Extension - Garrett County Master Gardeners

    Family-friendly Activities (hour-long, led by MCC crew members; meet at MCC display in Lake House)


    New Germany State Park and the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring this FREE event. New Germany State Park and the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring this festival. The event is free but your support of these organizations and native plant vendors through your purchases is deeply appreciated. Visitors may pack a picnic lunch or buy snacks and drinks at the Lake House. For more information phone the ranger station at 301-895-5453 or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov or www.mdflora.org  

    To get a better idea of why this continues to be such a nice event, view this video created by our friends at Engage Mountain Maryland https://youtu.be/eFkj4lahKcw

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 22 and follow signs for New Germany State Park.Turn left into the park onto McAndrews Hill Road. Signs will direct you to parking for this special event.

    More details to follow as available.


    • 05/19/2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dutch’s at Silver Tree Restaurant on Deep Creek Lake

    Mountain Laurel Garden Club (MLGC)

    Topic — Appalachian Edible & Medicinal Plants

    Speaker — Sunshine Brosi, Professor of Forest Ecology & Ethnobotany, Frostburg State University

    Discover the local native plants of Mountain Maryland and their important cultural and ecological roles in the Appalachian forest.

    This presentation is open to the public, but pre-registration is required to attend the program and/or to stay for lunch afterwards. The deadline to register is May 14. Contact Susan Offutt directly at 240-381-3168 or susan.offutt@gmail.com 


    • 05/26/2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD

    Speaker: Greg Kearns


    Greg Kearns has been a Naturalist with M-NCPPC for over 35 years at Paxuxent River Park.


    Doors open at 7:00.


    Location: Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD.

    The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

    • 06/16/2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dutch’s at Silver Tree Restaurant on Deep Creek Lake

    Mountain Laurel Garden Club (MLGC)

    Topic — The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife

    Speaker — Nancy Lawson, Author, Speaker, & Garden Habitat Consultant

    Beneficial insect or pest? Desirable plant or weed? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us.

    This presentation is open to the public, but pre-registration is required to attend the program and/or to stay for lunch afterwards. The deadline to register is June 11. Contact Susan Offutt directly at 240-381-3168 or susan.offutt@gmail.com 

    • 06/18/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • New Germany State Park

    Topic: "Name That Fern" 

    Speaker: Dwight Johnson, MNPS

    This will be a power-point presentation on how to identify the common ferns of Maryland. Mr.  Johnson is a self-trained naturalist that leads botany walks for the Maryland Native Plants Society, Irvine Nature Center, Cylburn Arboretum, and other organizations. 

    The public is welcome to attend this free program which will start promptly at 7:00 pm in the Lake House. 

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 22 and follow signs for New Germany State Park. Turn left into the park onto McAndrews Hill Road. The program will be held in the Lake House.

    • 06/30/2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD

    Speaker: Dr Emily Southgate


    Dr Southgate is a paleoecologist and the author of People and the Land Through Time. Linking Ecology and History (Yale Univ Press 1st ed 1997, 2d ed 2019).


    Doors open at 7:00.


    Location: Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD.

    The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

    • 10/08/2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room TBD

    Tentative topic: "Native Grasses"

    Speaker: Kevin Dodge, Director of the Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology Program, Garrett College 

    Details to follow.

    This free program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; the public is welcome to attend.

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.

    No registration is required.


    • 11/12/2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room TBD

    Topic: "Making Central Appalachian Forests More Resilient"

    Speaker: Pabodha Galgamuwe, Forest Science Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy

    Details to follow.

    This free program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; the public is welcome to attend.

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.

    No registration is required.


Past Programs

03/31/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Native planting and other yard landscape techniques: an insect's point of view-RESCHEDULED TO JULY 28 2020
03/17/2020 MLGC: Program
03/12/2020 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/25/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): An Introduction to the Year of the Grasses
02/13/2020 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
01/28/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Discover the Full Capabilities of iNaturalist
11/26/2019 MNPS Annual Meeting and Program (Tuesday): Emerald Ash Borer Update
11/14/2019 Western Mountains: November Meeting & Program
10/29/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Parasitic Plants Part 2
10/10/2019 Western Mountains: October Meeting & Program
09/24/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): From Mountains to Saltmarsh - Rediscovering Maryland Ornithological Society Sanctuaries
09/19/2019 Western Mountains: Workshop
08/27/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Area-wide Tick Control in Suburban Communities"
08/17/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/31/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/30/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Dark Secrets on the Forest Floor"
07/15/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/25/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "How to recognize old-growth forests, and what makes them so special"
06/25/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/12/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/31/2019 Serpentine Barrens of the Northern Piedmont-Nottingham, PA (Friday)
05/28/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "The Mushroom Chronicles: Why Plants Need Fungi""
05/25/2019 Pomonkey Forest Native Plant Walk and Trash Cleanup (Saturday)
05/24/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/11/2019 Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival
05/06/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/30/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Are the Little Things Running the World?"
04/26/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
03/26/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Emerald Ash Borer Update for Maryland
03/23/2019 Creating Biodiversity in Your Environment (Baltimore County Forestry Board workshop)
03/14/2019 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/26/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Invisible Connections - Introduction to Parasitic Plants
02/14/2019 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
02/09/2019 Rock Creek Orchid Club program-Native Orchids
11/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): O Where Are The Pines Of Piney Branch?
11/08/2018 Western Mountains: November Meeting & Program
10/30/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Insects associated with local Apocynaceae, with side trips to the Caribbean and Horn of Africa
10/11/2018 Western Mountains: October Meeting & Program
09/25/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Naked Mountain, The Delights and Challenges of Owning a Virginia Natural Area Preserve
08/28/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Helping Nature Help Itself
08/06/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/31/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Milkweeds and Their Communities
07/16/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/29/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/26/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Algae of Maryland: Diversity, Distribution and Environmental Importance
06/08/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/29/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Ferns in the Natural Landscape
05/07/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/24/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Spring Wildflowers
04/22/2018 Environmental Concern Celebrates Earth Day at Layton's Chance Winery
04/16/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/07/2018 Fish Grow On Trees-Wildlife Considerations for Streamside Forest Buffer Plantings (Carroll County)
03/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Limits of Restoration
03/20/2018 Mountain Laurel Garden Club
03/13/2018 Allegany & Garrett Counties' Bird Club
03/08/2018 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Dogbanes and Milkweeds
02/08/2018 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
01/30/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Life on the Edge
12/03/2017 Water Forum (sponsored by Sierra Club)
11/28/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Members Share and (Short) Annual Meeting
10/24/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Botanical Society of Washington; Partnering for Plants
09/26/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife with author Nancy Lawson
08/29/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Peas of Maryland
08/04/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
07/25/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): How Geology Affects Plants: Examples Near Great Falls, MD
06/27/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Transforming the Natural Heritage Plant List
06/08/2017 Hometown Habitat: Lecture & Documentary Film
06/02/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
05/30/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Fabaceae (Pea Family) of Our Region
05/05/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
04/25/2017 MNPS Program: Native orchids - Ecologically interesting and deserving of MNPS support for their conservation
04/23/2017 MNPS Workshop: SERC Flora Project
03/28/2017 MNPS Program: Bringing Back the Grasslands, One Lawn at a Time
02/28/2017 MNPS Program: Vulnerability of Tidal Wetlands to Sea Level Rise (Tuesday)
01/31/2017 MNPS Program: A tale of two vines (Tuesday)
11/29/2016 The Science behind Wild and Designed Plant Communities (Tuesday)
10/28/2016 Additions, Deletions and Re-deletions to the Maryland Flora (Friday)
10/25/2016 Native Medicinal Plants: Cultivation, Conservation and Ethnobotany (Tuesday)
10/18/2016 Western Mountains Chapter: October Meeting & Program
10/01/2016 MNPS Program and Field Trip: Introduction to Native Plants and Visit to Cavano's Perennials (Saturday)
09/27/2016 Documenting Maryland's Flora Through Space and Time: the Norton-Brown Herbarium and the Maryland Plant Atlas
08/30/2016 Native Plant Production Utilizing Seeds of Local Ecotype
07/26/2016 Creating Beautiful Landscapes for Pollinator and Wildlife Habitat: Smithsonian Gardens to Your Front Yard (Tuesday)
06/28/2016 Conifer Diversity in Maryland: Identification and Ecology (Tuesday)
05/31/2016 Update on Wavyleaf Basketgrass: Habitat, Dispersal, Competition and Control (Tuesday)
04/26/2016 Signs of Deer
03/29/2016 Year of the Conifer (Tuesday)
03/17/2016 Native Plants in the Landscape (Thursday)
02/23/2016 Vegetation Dynamics in Serpentine Soil (Tuesday)
01/26/2016 Year of the Conifer- CANCELED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE
11/17/2015 Holiday Social and Members Share Night
10/27/2015 Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic: Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment
10/20/2015 Western Mts Chapter Program: An Evaluation of Pest and Disease Vulnerability of DC Urban Street Trees
10/17/2015 Western Mts Chapter Program: Ginseng Talk & Fall Foliage Walk
09/29/2015 Ecological Restoration of Invaded Urban Forests
08/25/2015 What's in a Name? Botanical Names Explored
08/18/2015 Western Mountains Chapter Program
07/28/2015 MNPS Program: NatureServe- A Network Approach to Conserving Plants
06/30/2015 MNPS Program: Native and Non-native Vines in Maryland’s Natural Areas
06/16/2015 Woodland Ecosystems Urban Design (Tuesday)
06/13/2015 Bay-Wise and Beautiful Garden Tour (Saturday)
05/26/2015 Non-native invasive insects and diseases: What do they like to eat and attack?
05/07/2015 MNPS Northeast Chapter Program
05/07/2015 Douglas Tallamy- Book Signing and Presentation
04/28/2015 Effects of Non-native Earthworms on Mid-Atlantic Forest Soils
03/31/2015 Statewide Eyes Program: A Citizen Science Contribution to Protecting Maryland Biodiversity
02/24/2015 Year of the Vines
01/27/2015 The Effects of Climate Change on Native Plants
10/28/2014 A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC
09/30/2014 Deer Overabundance: Unintended Ecological Consequences
08/26/2014 Herbal Uses for Native Plants - and a few pioneers...
07/29/2014 The Maryland Amphibian Reptile Atlas
06/24/2014 Amelanchier (Shadbush) of the Potomac Gorge
05/27/2014 The Decline of Orchid Populations in the Catoctin Mountains
05/04/2014 Native Plant Palooza
04/29/2014 Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group Report Highlights
03/25/2014 The Mysterious Biology of Native Orchids
02/25/2014 Maryland Biodiversity Project
01/28/2014 MNPS Monthly Program: Introduction to the Rose Family in Maryland
01/22/2014 Plant Conservation Lecture Series- United States Botanic Garden
11/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Members Share and (Short) Annual Meeting
10/29/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: How Are Mountain Wildflowers and Pollinators Responding to a Changing Climate?
10/22/2013 MNPS Program: Learn about Lupines and Invasive Plants
09/24/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Challenges of Native Prairie Coastal Restoration
08/27/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Geology and Natural History of Maryland
07/30/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Let’s Do Lunch-The Uneasy Relationship Between Ungulates and the Landscapes They Inhabit
06/25/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: From Mountains to Sea: Maryland’s Natural Areas
05/28/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: The Path from Heath to Gardens
05/15/2013 MNPS Program: Native Plant Garden Tour
05/14/2013 Movie Night and "Early-Bird" Walk
04/30/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Heath Diversity in Maryland
03/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: The Ecology of Wavyleaf Basketgrass
02/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Introduction to Maryland's Heaths
01/29/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Oak Hybrids of Our Region

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