The Maryland Native Plant Society

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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.

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