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2016 MNPS Annual Fall Conference; Maryland's Forgotten Bogs and Pine Barrens

  • 09/17/2016
  • 8:30 AM
  • 09/18/2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • College Park, MD


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

September 17-18, 2016

Registration Closes September 8 to meet the catering and venue deadlines.

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Conference Speakers and Field Trips
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: Evening Social

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Field Trips (times may vary)

Co-sponsored by University of Maryland Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and Anacostia Watershed Society

Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Adele H Stamp Student Union Atrium

Conference Registration Fee:

includes the morning speakers, lunch, afternoon field trips and Sunday field trips

Members: $65 (after Aug. 1: $75)
Nonmembers: $75 (after Aug. 1 $85)

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

Accommodations several hotels are located near the conference.

AGENDA (web page)

Saturday September 17


8:30 Registration in Stamp Student Union
9:15 Welcome and Introduction
9:25 Speakers

  • Vanishing Pine Barren Communities of the Fall Zone of Washington DC and Vicinity, Rod Simmons
  • Magnolia Bogs in the Mattawoman Watershed of Charles County, Jim Long
  • Distribution and Habitat of Maidenhair Ferns, Chris Hoess
  • Wavy-leaf Basket Grass Update, Marc Imlay

12:00 Announcements, followed by lunch, Silent Auction (tentative)


1:00 - 5:00 Field trips

Directions and further information will be available at the conference.

  • Greenbelt Forest Preserve, Carole Bergmann and Damien Ossi
  • Watkins Regional Park, Rochelle Bartolomei
  • Greenbelt National Park Bogs and Forests, Kirsten and Dwight Johnson
  • The Wooded Hillock on the UMD Campus, Marla McIntosh and Karyn Molines
  • FULL: Pitch Pine Barrens at BARC, Rod Simmons and Jorge Montero
  • FULL: Patuxent Research Refuge, Bill Harms and Joe Metzger
  • FULL: Suitland Bog, Cris Fleming & Tenley Wurglitz

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

7:15 Speaker: Ecological Restoration on the Tidal Anacostia River, Jorge Montero

Sunday September 18 field trips (included in registration fee)

Field Trips. Meet at the field trip location. Information will be provided at conference.

  • Canoeing on the Anacostia, Jorge Montero
  • George Washington House in Bladensburg, Anacostia Watershed Society staff
  • Buck Lodge, Linda Keenan and Michael Ellis
  • Central Farm Bog Walk, Rod Simmons and Beth Johnson
  • UMD Herbarium, John Hall


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.

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