The Maryland Native Plant Society

The Maryland Native Plant Society
  • Home
  • 2019 MNPS Fall Conference

2019 MNPS Fall Conference

  • 08/24/2019
  • 08/25/2019
  • 3 sessions
  • 08/24/2019, 8:30 AM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • 08/24/2019, 5:00 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 08/25/2019, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Lyric Theater, 20 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD
  • 0


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Members must be logged in to the site to take advantage of member pricing.
  • (Price after July 1) Members must be logged in to the site to take advantage of member pricing.
  • Price after July 1.
  • For students (any high school or college) and FSU staff
  • Please contact Karyn Molines for registration code. There may be additional fees for guests.
  • Committee, use this category. Contact Karyn Molines for registration code.

Ancient Forests and Peatlands of Western Maryland

Location: Lyric Theater Building, 20 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD [Location D# on map below}
NOTE: The Lyric Theater is in Downtown Frostburg, not on the FSU Campus.
Directions (Google Maps)
Map of Frostburg, MD (pdf) 

Parking along Main Street or behind the building in the Parish Hall Lot on 1st Street.

Co-sponsored by the Frostburg State University Department of Biology.

This year's conference will highlight the forests, wetlands and other habitats that are found in western Maryland. In addition, we will celebrate our native plants and communities with field trips to remarkable natural areas in the region.

Fall Conference Web Page. Check this page for any updates.

Before registering, please review the list of field trips Some trips are full so please do not register for these as your first choice.

AGENDA (subject to change)

Saturday, August 24

8:30 Check In

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 Speakers

  • Kevin Dodge, Director of Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology, Garrett College.  Our Mountain Peatlands: Why I Think They’re Cool & You Should Too!
  • Sunshine Brosi, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, Frostburg State University. Old-Growth Forests of the Ridge & Valley and Appalachian Plateau: Ecology & Age
  • Joan Maloof, Founder & Executive Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network. Experiencing and Preserving Our Old-Growth Forests

1:00 - 5:00 Field trips – Carpool from the University. Directions and further information will be available at the conference.

Saturday Social

(additional $50 fee)

5:00 Evening Social, Cash Bar, Appetizers,
Student Poster Session

6:00 Buffet Dinner

7:00 Film - “A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun” Brief film introduction & discussion following film, led by Sunshine Brosi. This one-hour documentary that explores the life and legacies of E. Lucy Braun (1889 -1971), one of the foremost botanists and ecologist in American history. Braun was a trailblazer in the emerging science of plant ecology, and a leader in the early conservation movement. In 1950, she published Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, a landmark book that documented forest communities from Florida to Canada. An extraordinary woman of science, Braun helped to preserve many natural spaces in Ohio and Kentucky.

This film is a co-production of Meg Hanrahan Media and Voyageur Media Group, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of public media about science, history and culture. This film has earned critical acclaim from screenings at numerous academic conferences, and is now distributed to regional and national public television stations.

Sunday, August 25 field trips

(included in basic registration fee)

Field trips are open on to those who have registered for the conference. Meet at the field trip location. Directions and further information will be available at the conference.


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

  • Members+: $80 (after July 1: $90)
  • Nonmembers: $90 (after July 1: $100)
  • Student & FSU faculty: $15
+ members of other native plant societies may register at members rate

Saturday Social, includes dinner: $50

The Social is a separate fee from the Registration fee. If you are interested in only the Social, contact Karyn Molines (


Several hotels are located near the conference.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software