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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.

    • 01/30/2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD
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    Speaker: Karyn Molines, MNPS Board member and former president

    Description: Edge habitats are zones where two different ecological communities interact; for example where a forest and meadow, or a bay and beach connect. Although these areas have characteristics of both habitats, edges also have their own unique plants.  The presentation will include both natural edges, and more artificial edges created through human disturbances of natural areas. Examples of plants that prefer edges, and the animals that thrive there, will be used to illustrate ecological functions and services of these habitats.

    Location: Silver Spring CIvic Center.

    Directions: Silver Spring Civic Building  1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (GPS device address: 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring) It's at the intersection of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. Parking in the garage across street from the civic center, on Ellsworth, is free if you leave after 7:00 p.m.

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

    • 02/08/2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327

    Topic: Monarch Butterflies, Culture and Conservation 

    Speaker: Caroline Blizzard, Director of the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

    The miracle of the monarch butterfly migration brings diverse cultures and conservation together. Adults and children in Garrett County and Mexico have come to know each other and understand they are working together thousands of miles apart for the same goal. The goal of conservation of a single insect and conservation issues they both have in common. Join us as we present cultural, conservation, and environmental connections we have come to understand through our tagging program, travels to the over-wintering sites in Mexico, on-line student blog, and pen pal program. 

    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.


    • 02/27/2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Library, Kensington, MD
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    Speaker: Christopher Puttock, MNPS Board member

    Description: The Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae) is the Society's plant focus for 2018. This family now includes not only the familiar Indian Hemp (Apocynum cannibinum), but also the milkweeds, whose flower structure is - not surprisingly- quite similar. Botanist Chris Puttock will present an overview of this fascinating and ecologically important family of plants.

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

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

    • 03/08/2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327

    Topic: Oak Masting: A Tale in Tree Rings

    Speaker: Erica Duda, Graduate Student, Biology Department, Frostburg State University 

    Trees are one of the most charismatic plants we observe in our forests; they inspire awe and provide resources to humans as well as valuable ecosystem services. A critical component of wildlife habitat and resources, trees help tell part of the ecosystem's story. Dendrochronology, or the study of tree rings, is a method we can use to help tell this story.  Duda is currently using tree rings to help explain the history of oak masting (acorn production) in Western Maryland. Generally oak trees of the same species will mast synchronously across a landscape. Each oak group (black and white) will often alternate mast years so that species from the black oak group will not be masting at the same time as species from the white oak group. What causes these events is not fully understood, and Duda will present the current hypotheses of this phenomenon as well as preliminary findings of a mast signal within tree rings. If we are able to find a mast signal in the tree rings, then we can use that information to study trends of the historic ecology of our forests to help better manage forests in the future.

    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.


    • 03/13/2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 226

    Speaker — Liz McDowell, Coordinator, Western Mountains Chapter of Maryland Native Plant Society

    Topic — Native Plants, a Welcome Sign for Wildlife 

    Plant it and they will come! Discover how to enhance regional biodiversity by creating a rain garden, butterfly garden or backyard habitat using native plants. Explore the five elements for creating good wildlife habitat in your backyard or schoolyard: food, water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable gardening practices. Leave with a personal action plan for turning your property into a “wildlife magnet”. This free program is open to the public. For more information contact westernmdbirdclub@gmail.com


    • 03/20/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Dutch’s at Silver Tree Restaurant on Deep Creek Lake

    Topic — The Heaths of Mountain Maryland

    Speaker — Liz McDowell, Coordinator, Western Mountains Chapter of Maryland Native Plant Society

    Azaleas, blueberries, and rhododendrons are some of the best known members of the heath or Ericaceae family. We’ll take a closer-look at these species as well as other less familiar heaths which call our region home. We’ll also discuss their value to people and wildlife. 

    This presentation is open to the public, but pre-registration is required to attend the program and/or to stay for lunch afterwards. The program is free but the luncheon costs $15. Contact Susan Offutt directly at 240-381-3168 or susan.offutt@gmail.com to register for the program and/or lunch by March 15th.

    • 03/27/2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Library, Kensington, MD
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    Speaker: Rod Simmons, MNPS Board member and former president

    Description: Rod will focus on stream restoration from the perspectives of natural resource management and protection, with the principles of Do No Harm and Best Management Practices as the overarching goals. The merits of the often related practices of stream bank restoration and mitigation banking; removal and control of non-native invasive species; and pressures to plant after invasive plants are removed will be discussed and qualified.  Case studies of often destructive, unnecessary restoration projects for small order, interior forested streams and wetlands will be contrasted with examples of quality, restorative practices of large order streams.  Best Management Practices will also be suggested.

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

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

    • 04/16/2018
    • 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.


    • 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! (cash & check only) 
    • Local experts answer questions on native plants & other conservation topics!
    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.


    • 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

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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