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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.

    • 04/22/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Layton's Chance Winery, Vienna, MD


    Join Environmental Concern (EC) on Sunday,  April 22 for Earth Day at Layton's Chance Winery and Vineyard. Participate in EC's Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative and learn how to attract butterflies to your garden while enjoying a complimentary tasting, touring the vineyard and listening to oldies music. The winery is located at 4225 New Bridge Road in Vienna, MD. 

    • 04/24/2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Library, Kensington, MD
    Register

    Speaker: Dwight Johnson, MNPS Field Trip leader

    Description: Field trip season is in full swing. Learn about Maryland's beloved spring wildflowers with Dwight Johnson. This talk will cover the flowers you are likely to see on your field expeditions, with an introduction to their taxonomic relationships.

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

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

    • 05/07/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • New Germany State Park, Garrett County

    Topic: Weed or Wildflower?

    Leaders: Christine Campe-Price, Friends of New Germany State Park & Liz McDowell, MNPS

    Want to help preserve our regional biodiversity? Then bring your work gloves, kneeling pads, favorite weeding tools & some elbow grease to remove unwanted plants from the native plant garden. As you work, you’ll learn how to identify common weeds and why protecting native plants is so critical for wildlife. Meet at the native plant garden near the dam. Please bring your own water bottle, insect spray & sunscreen. In case of rain this activity will be cancelled.

    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 native plant garden near parking lot #5.

    No registration.


    • 05/12/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • New Germany State Park, Garrett County

    Discover the important connection between native plants, people, and wildlife at the fifth annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival!

    A large variety of plants native to the mid-Atlantic for sale all day!  (Please contact vendors directly if you wish to pre-order for pick-up at the event. Purchases made the day of the event are cash or check only.) 

    Evergreen Heritage Center
    Mount Savage, MD
    www.evergreenheritagecenter.org
    Go Native Tree Farm
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    www.gonativetrees.com
    Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery 
    Floyd, Virginia
    www.woodthrushnatives.com
    Scheduled programs & activities highlight native plants & biodiversity! 

    Educational programs geared for adults & teens:

      • 10:30 to 11:30 am - Nasty Natives? No! (Fact-checking Common Misconceptions about Native Plants) - Candy DeBerry, Professor of Biology, Washington & Jefferson College 
      • 12:00 to 1:00 pmSpecies Complexity: Species, Subspecies, Variants, Eco-types, and Phenotypes - Ian Caton, Owner/Operator, Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery
      • 1:30 to 2:30 pm - Saving the Planet, One Plant at a Time: How a community's renewed love of native plants can contribute to large-scale biodiversity conservation - Iara Lacher, Landscape Ecologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

    Family-friendly activities:

    • 10:00 to 11:00 am - Birds & Blooms (discover birds & wildflowers during this easy walk) 
    • 2:00 to 3:00 pm - Let's Pull Together (pull garlic mustard to save an endangered butterfly)
    • All day! - Scavenger Hunt (find native plants with special features and win a prize)

    Local experts answer questions on native plants & other conservation topics!


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

    New Germany State Park and the Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS are co-sponsoring this FREE event. More details to follow!

    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.

    • 05/29/2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Library, Kensington, MD
    Register

    Speaker: W. Carl Taylor.
    Carl Taylor worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum where served as Chair of the Botany Department. He has taught university courses in general biology, plant taxonomy, and local flora. Recently, he served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. He served as Secretary of the American Fern Society for many years and published many papers in the American Fern Journal. Carl is retired and now volunteers at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

    Description: Ferns make great additions to gardens. There are many kinds and lots of them are easy to grow. Some will thrive in sunny places, others in rock gardens, wet areas, or windowsills. Many species of ferns are available from nurseries, garden centers and Internet vendors. Carl Taylor will identify some suitable garden ferns for the mid-Atlantic region. He will describe the unique structure of ferns, as well as their fascinating life cycle, which reveals why ferns grow where they do and what they need from you as a gardener. You may also be surprised to learn that ferns are easy and fun to grow from spores.

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

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

    • 06/08/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • New Germany State Park, Garrett County

    Topic: Weed or Wildflower?

    Leaders: Christine Campe-Price, Friends of New Germany State Park & Liz McDowell, MNPS

    Want to help preserve our regional biodiversity? Then bring your work gloves, kneeling pads, favorite weeding tools & some elbow grease to remove unwanted plants from the native plant garden. As you work, you’ll learn how to identify common weeds and why protecting native plants is so critical for wildlife. Meet at the native plant garden near the dam. Please bring your own water bottle, insect spray & sunscreen. In case of rain this activity will be cancelled.

    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 native plant garden near parking lot #5.

    No registration.


    • 06/29/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • New Germany State Park, Garrett County

    Topic: Weed or Wildflower?

    Leaders: Christine Campe-Price, Friends of New Germany State Park & Liz McDowell, MNPS

    Want to help preserve our regional biodiversity? Then bring your work gloves, kneeling pads, favorite weeding tools & some elbow grease to remove unwanted plants from the native plant garden. As you work, you’ll learn how to identify common weeds and why protecting native plants is so critical for wildlife. Meet at the native plant garden near the dam. Please bring your own water bottle, insect spray & sunscreen. In case of rain this activity will be cancelled.

    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 native plant garden near parking lot #5.

    No registration.


    • 07/16/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • New Germany State Park, Garrett County

    Topic: Weed or Wildflower?

    Leaders: Christine Campe-Price, Friends of New Germany State Park & Liz McDowell, MNPS

    Want to help preserve our regional biodiversity? Then bring your work gloves, kneeling pads, favorite weeding tools & some elbow grease to remove unwanted plants from the native plant garden. As you work, you’ll learn how to identify common weeds and why protecting native plants is so critical for wildlife. Meet at the native plant garden near the dam. Please bring your own water bottle, insect spray & sunscreen. In case of rain this activity will be cancelled.

    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 native plant garden near parking lot #5.

    No registration.


    • 08/06/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • New Germany State Park, Garrett County

    Topic: Weed or Wildflower?

    Leaders: Christine Campe-Price, Friends of New Germany State Park & Liz McDowell, MNPS

    Want to help preserve our regional biodiversity? Then bring your work gloves, kneeling pads, favorite weeding tools & some elbow grease to remove unwanted plants from the native plant garden. As you work, you’ll learn how to identify common weeds and why protecting native plants is so critical for wildlife. Meet at the native plant garden near the dam. Please bring your own water bottle, insect spray & sunscreen. In case of rain this activity will be cancelled.

    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 native plant garden near parking lot #5.

    No registration.


    • 10/11/2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327

    Topic: From the Mountains to the Sea: Maryland’s Natural Areas

    Speaker: Kerry Wixted, Wildlife Education & Outreach Specialist, MD Department of Natural Resources 

    Explore many of the 31 unique natural areas found in Maryland, their special habitats, and the rare species they contain. 

    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.


    • 11/08/2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327

    Topic: TBD

    Speaker: Elizabeth Green, Graduate Student, Biology Department, Frostburg State University

    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.


Past Programs

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
05/13/2017 Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival
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)
05/14/2016 Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival
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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