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2019 Fall Conference

Ancient Forests and Peatlands of Western Maryland

Location: Lyric Theater Building, 20 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD [Location D3 on map below}
NOTE: The Lyric Theater is in Downtown Frostburg, not on the FSU Campus.
Parking along Main Street or behind the building in the Parish Hall Lot on 1st Street.
Directions (Google Maps)
Map of Frostburg, MD (pdf) 

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

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.

Proceeds from the conference will support our scientific research grant program.

AGENDA (subject to change)

Saturday, August 24

8:30 Check In

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Saturday Social (additional $50 fee)

5:00-9:00 Evening Social, Cash Bar, Appetizers, Buffet Dinner, Posters

Sunday, August 25 field trips

(included in basic registration fee)


Agenda is subject to change

8:30 Check In

9:00 Welcome

9:15 Kevin Dodge, Director of Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology, Garrett College. Our Mountain Peatlands: Why I Think They’re Cool & You Should Too!

10:15 Break

10:25 Sunshine Brosi, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, Frostburg State University. Old-Growth Forests of the Ridge & Valley and Appalachian Plateau: Ecology & Age

11:25 Break

11:30 Joan Maloof, Founder & Executive Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network. Experiencing and Preserving Our Old-Growth Forests

11:45 Announcements

Saturday Evening Social

(additional $50 fee, do not have to register for the conference to attend)

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

6:00 Buffet Dinner

7:00 Film - “A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun” with a brief introduction and discussion led by Sunshine Brosi.

This one-hour documentary explores the life and legacies of E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971), one of the foremost botanists and ecologists in American history. Braun was a trailblazer in the emerging science of plant ecology, and a leader in the early conservation movement. She published the landmark book Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America and helped to preserve many natural spaces in Ohio and Kentucky.

This critically acclaimed film is a co-production of Meg Hanrahan Media and Voyageur Media Group, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating public media about science, history and culture.

Field Trips

  • Field trip directions for both Saturday and Sunday will be provided at the conference.
  • Conference field trips are only open to conference participants.
  • We recommend you wear long pants, hat, and sturdy hiking shoes; be prepared for rain--most trips will still go in the rain.Bring water bottle and any snacks you might need during the hike (lunch is provided for Saturday trips only). Insect repellent for ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes.
  • Bring a handlens and your favorite field guides. Bring a camera to share your photos on Facebook

Saturday Field TRips

See the Field Trips page for details. Subject to change

  • 4-H Camp. Zach Fowler & Megan Carr
  • Elk Ridge Native Plant Preserve. Liz McDowell & Ron Boyer
  • Fifteen Mile Creek. Chris Frye & Kirsten Johnson
  • Finzel Swamp. Donnelle Keech & Donna Gates
  • FSU Arboretum Exploration. Karyn Molines & Austin Persons
  • New Germany State Park. Joe Metzger & MNPS volunteer
  • North Cherry Creek Bog. Kevin Dodge & Ed Gates
  • Old-Growth Dedication Site. Sunshine Brosi & Joan Maloof
  • Paw Paw Tunnel & Hill Trail. Champ Zumbrun & Kerry Wixted

Sunday Field Trips

See the Field Trips page for details. Subject to change

  • Asa Durst Homestead Trails. Scott Campbell & Dwight Johnson
  • C & O Canal at Spring Gap. Joe Metzger & Liz Matthews
  • Crabtree Slopes. Dan Boone & Sunshine Brosi
  • Cranesville Swamp. Zach Fowler & Karyn Molines
  • The Glades. Kevin Dodge & Jil Swearingen


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

Members+: $80 (after July 1: $90)

Nonmembers: $90 (after July 1: $100)

+ 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:

If you need to cancel please let us know. Full refund if canceled before June 1; 50% refunds if received by August 1. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations received after August 1.

Upcoming events

We're Still Planning 2020

Past events

08/24/2019 2019 MNPS Fall Conference
09/16/2018 Maring CWMA-Carroll Co (Fall Conference Field Trip, Sunday)
09/16/2018 Gywnn Falls-Leakin Park (Fall Conference Field Trip, Sunday)
09/16/2018 Lake Roland Park (Fall Conference Field Trip, Sunday)
09/16/2018 Severn Run NEA (Fall Conference Field Trip, Sunday)
09/16/2018 Ferns of the Gunpowder (Fall Conference Field Trip, Sunday)
09/15/2018 Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area (Fall Conference Field Trip, Saturday)
09/15/2018 Plant ID and iNaturalist workshop on UMBC campus (Fall Conference Field Trip, Saturday)
09/15/2018 Patapsco Valley State Park (Fall Conference Field Trip, Saturday)
09/15/2018 Gywnn Falls-Leakin Park (Fall Conference Field Trip, Saturday)
09/15/2018 Benjamin Banneker Historical Park (Fall Conference Field Trip, Saturday)
09/15/2018 Gunpowder State Park, Hereford Area (Fall Conference Field Trip, Saturday)
09/15/2018 Oregon Ridge Park (Fall Conference Field Trip, Saturday)
09/15/2018 The Times They Are A’Changin’: Threats to Maryland’s Native Plant Communities (2018 MNPS Fall Conference)
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

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