MNPS Annual Fall Conferences

Upcoming events

    • 09/19/2015
    • 8:30 AM
    • 09/20/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Salisbury, MD
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    Shifting Sands: Coastal Plain Flora from Wetlands to Upland

    September 19-20, 2015

    Co-sponsored by Salisbury University

    Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
    Devilbiss Hall, Room 123

    Conference Registration Fee:
    Members: $65 (after Aug. 1: $75)
    Nonmembers: $75 (after Aug. 1 $85)
    (includes the morning speakers, lunch, afternoon field trips and Sunday field trips)

    Saturday Social, includes dinner: $30
    (The Social is a separate fee from the Registration fee. If you are interested in only the Social, contact Karyn Molines:

    Fall Conference Web Page

    The lower Eastern Shore is rich in biodiversity. From towering forests to creeks, rivers and bays; from the smallest lichens to the biggest bald cypress trees you likely have ever seen, the wildly diverse ecosystems of the lands surrounding Salisbury in Wicomico County beckon us to explore and learn about this intriguing area. During our 2015 conference we will enjoy wonderful speakers and leaders who will unlock these treasures. Please join us!

    Accommodations several hotels will offer discounts for the conference.

    AGENDA (download pdf)

    Saturday September 19


    8:30 Registration

    9:15 Welcome and Introduction

    9:25 Chris Frye - Land-use Legacies and Beyond: The Shifting Sands and Flora of the Eastern Shore

    10:30 Break; Silent Auction opens

    10:45 James Lendemer - Native Lichens of Delmarva and the Mid-Atlantic Coast: Stunning Diversity with an Uncertain Future

    11:20 Joan Maloof - Update on Old Growth Forest Network

    11:30 Andrew Landsman, Grant Recipient - Update on Project

    12:00 Announcements, followed by lunch, Silent Auction open


    1:00 - 5:00 Field trips (download pdf, includes Sat & Sun) Directions and further information will be available at the conference.

    NOTE: As of August 13, 2015, the Nassawango Creek and Pocomoke River trips are full.

    Saturday Social (additional $30 fee)

    Dress is "field botany casual." 

    5:00 Beer and Wine with appetizers

    6:00 Buffet dinner

    7:00 Silent Auction closes 

    7:00 Dr. Douglas E. Gill - Enlightening Experiences with Exotics and Invasive Species in Grassland Restoration on the MD Eastern Shore

    Sunday September 20 field trips (included in registration fee)

    Field Trips.   Field trips meet at the location. Information will be provided at conference.

    NOTE: As of August 13, 2015, the Assateague Island and Hickory Point Cypress Swamp trips are full.

    Field Trips

    Saturday afternoon and Sunday Field Trips will be important venues to expand on the theme. Field trip registration is available when you register for the Conference. Due to size limits on some trips, you are not guaranteed a spot in your first or second choice trips. You will receive a confirmation before the conference for which trip you are registered.

    (download Field Trips pdf, includes Sat & Sun)


    Go to and log in (Group password is MNPScarpool) and enter your request. This service is strictly based on member input--MNPS will not add an individual to this site. Also see..Carpooling

    Call for Posters

    Undergraduates and graduates studying plant taxonomy, plant ecology, landscaping with native plants, and restoration ecology are invited to submit a poster proposal. Contract Chris Puttock for details 

    Silent Auction / Native Treasures

    Browse, bid, take home a Native Treasure and support the Maryland Native Plant Society at the MNPS Annual Conference Silent Auction. Native Treasures may include books on plants and other natural history topics, botanical art, crafts, jewelry, plants, and more. Specific items may be listed closer to the conference date.

Past events

09/20/2014 MNPS Annual Fall Conference: The Diverse Flora and Habitats of Cecil County and the Tri-state Area
09/21/2013 MNPS Annual Fall Conference: The Threatened Natural Communities and Rare Plants of Maryland's Mountains
09/29/2012 MNPS Annual Fall Conference: Preserving and Restoring Biodiversity in Developed Landscapes
09/24/2011 2011 MNPS Annual Fall Conference: Ecology of Southern Maryland
09/25/2010 MNPS Annual Fall Conference 2010: "Biodiversity of Maryland's Eastern Shore"
09/26/2009 MNPS 2009 Annual Fall Conference, "The Catoctin Mountains: Maryland's Blue Ridge"
09/20/2008 MNPS 2008 Annual Fall Conference, "Ecological Communities of the Western Shores of the Chesapeake Bay"
09/29/2007 MNPS 2007 Annual Fall Conference, "Climate Change: Global Effects, Local Impacts: Western Maryland's Flora - At Risk?"
10/14/2006 MNPS 2006 Annual Fall Conference, "Botanical Diversity of Montgomery County: The Geology-Botany Connection"
10/01/2005 MNPS 2005 Annual Fall Conference, "Baltimore's Urban and Suburban Forests: People and Plants in Partnership"
10/16/2004 MNPS 2004 Annual Fall Conference, "Pieces of the Puzzle: Connecting Land, Water, and the Chesapeake"
10/04/2003 MNPS 2003 Annual Fall Conference, "Blue Ridge & Potomac Valley"
10/12/2002 MNPS 2002 Annual Fall Conference, "Communities and Geology of the Fall Line"
09/29/2001 MNPS 2001 Annual Fall Conference, "Shaping Nature: The Impact of Human and Natural Disturbance on Our Native Flora"
09/23/2000 MNPS 2000 Annual Fall Conference
09/01/1999 MNPS 1999 Annual Fall Conference: "New Directions in Land Preservation: Thinking Big so Nature Can Work"
09/01/1998 MNPS 1998 Annual Fall Conference: "Limits of Restoration"
09/01/1997 MNPS 1997 Annual Fall Conference: "Allegheny Alliances and Communities"
09/01/1996 MNPS 1996 Annual Fall Conference: "Ecology of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain"
09/01/1995 MNPS 1995 Annual Fall Conference: "Biodiversity of Barrens Communities"
09/01/1994 MNPS 1994 Annual Fall Conference, Spring Field Meeting
09/01/1993 MNPS 1993 Annual Fall Conference
09/01/1992 MNPS 1992 Annual Fall Conference: "Restoring Their Habitats; Beautifying Our Yard"
09/01/1991 MNPS 1991 Annual Fall Conference

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