The Maryland Native Plant Society


    • 08/29/2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    Our virtual conference will feature Dwayne Estes, Executive Director Southeastern Grasslands Initiative as our only speaker.

    The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: Charting a New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century

    Grassland loss is the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast. The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) works across a 23-state region, including Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic. SGI seeks to integrate on-the-ground conservation, research, and outreach to create innovative solutions to eastern North America. This presentation will highlight how grasslands of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic fit into the larger work of SGI nationally.

    Bill Hilgartner and Jorge Montero will be giving us their presentations at a monthly program in the near future. These are on the last Tuesday of the month, so stay tuned. We are working on lists to provide registrants suggested locations for field trips in various regions of the state, so that they can explore on their own or form their own small groups.

    Details on the Zoom webinar will be provided to everyone who registers.

    Marney Bruce and Jil Swearingen, co-chairs

    Look for these talk in coming months.

    • Jorge Montero, Stewardship Program Specialist: Natural Resources, Anacostia Watershed Society
    • Bill Hilgartner, Paleoecologist and Researcher of the Bare Hills Barren

Irvine Nature Center

Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE., is a botanical garden that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants. The center offers a number of continuing education classes throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about wetlands, check out the courses offered by Environmental Concern, Inc.

The USDA Graduate School has a Natural History Field Studies Program, which includes courses in plant identification and forest ecosystems. Some of our MNPS members are or have been instructors in this program.

The University of Maryland Extension sponsors the Maryland Naturalist Program. Sessions are held in different areas of the State. Check the website,, for program details.

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) of Columbia University has online classes for its Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. For more information, see

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