The Maryland Native Plant Society


    • 02/26/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 03/01/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

    Meet the Experts To Learn about Pressing Invasive Species Issues

    Help observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week on Capitol Hill during the week of February 26-March 2, held in cooperation with the Congressional Invasive Species Caucus. Participate in events throughout this week to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales.

    Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars, all at 12 noon

    Monday February 26-Invasive Species and Infrastructure

    Tuesday February 27- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

    Wednesday February 28-Gene Drives 101: Perspectives on Potential Invasive Species Management

    Thursday March 1-Early Detection and Rapid Response

    NA-IPC Webinars

    Monday February 26, 3 PM-SIIPA Model: Web Map on Early Detection and Rapid Response

    Tuesday February 27, 3 PM-Legal Issues Surrounding Invasive Species Management

    Wednesday February 28, 4 PM-Climate Change and Invasive Species

    Thursday, March 1, 3 PM-The Indiana CISMA Project

    For more events (evening fair and reception), location information and to register for webinars, go to


    • 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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