The Maryland Native Plant Society


    • 09/15/2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09/16/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore 21250
    • 16

    September 15-16, 2018

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council

    Location: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Catonsville
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Lecture Hall 105, Public Policy Building

    This year's conference will highlight two of the major threats to Maryland's natural communities -- invasive species and climate change -- and remind us that, without intervention, our native biota will continue to decline and disappear. Speakers will address these threats, as well as actions that could reduce them. In addition, we will celebrate our native plants and communities with field trips to remarkable natural areas in the region.

    Registration Fee:

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

    Members+: $70 (after July 31: $80)
    Nonmembers: $80 (after July 31:  $90)
    + members of other native plant societies may register at members rate

    Saturday Social, includes dinner: $40
    The Social is a separate fee from the Registration fee. If you are interested in only the Social, contact Karyn Molines:

    Before registering, please review the list of field trips.

    Fall Conference Web Page

    Accommodations several hotels are located near the conference.

    AGENDA (web page or pdf)

    Saturday, September 15

    8:00 Registration

    9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

    9:10 Overview of Threats to Maryland’s Flora. Jil Swearingen, Board member, MAIPC

    9:30     Why Should We Care About Invasive Species? Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp, Associate Professor, Towson University

    10:15   Greening Baltimore’s Vacant Lots. Dr. Christopher Swan, Professor, University of MD – Baltimore County

    10:30   Break

    11:00   So Many Weeds, So Little Time. Art Gover, Research Support Associate, Penn State University

    12:00   Announcements Followed by Lunch in the Library, 7th Floor Open Space

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

    Saturday Social (additional $40 fee)

    5:00     Evening Social, Cash Bar, Appetizers, Posters, Treasure Table

    6:00     Buffet Dinner

    7:15     Climate and Rising Carbon Dioxide: It's Good to Be Invasive. Dr. Lew Ziska,  Plant Physiologist, USDA

    Sunday, September 16 field trips (included in basic registration fee)

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


    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. Contact Karyn Molines:

    Native Treasures 

    Browse, bid, take home a Native Treasure and support the Maryland Native Plant Society. 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 Conferences

09/29/2017 2017 Tri-State Conference, "Nature Knows No Boundaries"
09/17/2016 2016 MNPS Annual Fall Conference; Maryland's Forgotten Bogs and Pine Barrens
09/19/2015 2015 MNPS Annual Fall Conference "Shifting Sands: Coastal Plain Flora from Wetlands to Upland"
09/20/2014 2014 MNPS Annual Fall Conference: The Diverse Flora and Habitats of Cecil County and the Tri-state Area
09/21/2013 2013 MNPS Annual Fall Conference: The Threatened Natural Communities and Rare Plants of Maryland's Mountains
09/29/2012 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 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
05/13/1994 MNPS 1994 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

Before Registering:

  • Review the field trip and workshop schedule (web site) and decide which trips you want
  • Have your credit card or PayPal account information handy so you can pay the registration fee.
  • If you want to pay by check, please register online. You can print your invoice and mail with your check.
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