The Maryland Native Plant Society


    • 05/20/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 05/24/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Millersville University, Millersville, PA

    Each year the Botanical Society of America, the Torrey Botanical Society and the Philadelphia Botanical Club sponsor a joint field meeting in northeastern US. This year the meeting will take place at Millersville University, Millersville, PA. Lancaster County is famed for its rich limestone habitats, including Shenk's Ferry, which has one of the best wildflower displays in the northeast. Nearby is a concentration of serpentine sites, with numerous plant and animals that specialize on serpentine soils.

    Field trips will include serpentine barrens near the PA/MD border, Shenks Ferry, Susquehanna Lock 12 area, Lancaster Co Central Park, Middle Creek, and Walnut Run, and a tour of the Millersville U herbarium led by Christopher Hardy.

    Evening speakers wll be Roger Latham (Serpentine Barrens), Mike Slater (Pollination), Tim Draude (Prairies of Adams Co, OH), and Joel Fry (John Bartram).

    Housing will be in a Millersville U dormitory. (Private rooms and bathrooms.)

    Meals cafeteria style, with box lunches provided.

    Cost is $310 including meals and lodging. There are options to register without meals and/or lodging.

    Registration form with additional details may be downloaded from the website of the Philadelphia Botanical Club.

    For more information:
    Contact Link Davis,

    • 07/13/2018
    • 07/20/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Elk Ridge Native Plant Preserve, Garrett County, MD

    Title:Wildflower ID for Beginners

    When: July 13 and July 20 from 9:00 to noon each day

    Instructor: Liz McDowell, Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS

    Interested in knowing the names of the wonderful wildflowers you encounter in forest and field? Then take this class where you’ll learn to actually “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This hands-on, two-session class is being offered on consecutive Fridays. The week long gap between classes allows participants to practice their skills at home, and return with questions on plants that may have been difficult to identify. The class is limited to five persons and is recommended for teens and adults. The total cost is $25 for MNPS members and $50 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. All proceeds benefit the Maryland Native Plant Society. 

    Registration is required but is not available through this website. For more details or to register, please contact Liz directly by phone at 301-895-3686 or email at

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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