The Maryland Native Plant Society

Agenda: 2018 Annual Fall Conference

The Times They Are A’Changin’: Threats to Maryland’s Native Plant Communities

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

University of Maryland– Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Lecture Hall 105, Public Policy Building
Baltimore, MD 21250

Lunch and Social will be held in The Commons.

More information about the Conference.

Directions (UMBC web site)

Campus Map (pdf)

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 fees

Members: $70
Nonmembers: $80
Members of other native plant societies: $70
Students: $15
The above fees include Saturday morning speakers, as well as field trips on Saturday and Sunday. The Social is a separate fee.

Evening Social, Speaker and Dinner: $40

Registration Fees will increase by $10 on August 1.

IMPORTANT: Download the list of Field Trips to choose your trips before register.  Review the list of trips on-line.

Registration opened in mid-May

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, Invasive species specialist, Penn State Univeristy

12:00 Announcements Followed by Lunch in the Commons

Saturday Social

(additional $40 fee, do not have to register for the conference to attend)

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

6:00 Buffet Dinner

7:15 Climate and Rising CO2: It's Good To Be Invasive. Dr. Lew Ziska, Research Plant Physiologist, USDA

Sunday, September 16

Included in the basic registration fee. Must be registered for the conference to attend Sunday field trips.

Saturday Field Trips

Download the field trip listing (PDF) and select your field trips before beginning the registration process. We will try our best to accommodate everyone's choices, but some trip may fill up. Selecting a field trip does not confirm your choice, we will contact you in August to confirm your trip OR ask for your second choice option.

  • Benjamin Banneker Historical Park-Judy Fulton
  • Gunpowder State Park, Hereford Area - Dwight Johnson
  • Gwynns Falls-Leakin Park - Rod Simmons
  • Oregon Ridge Park- Carole Bergmann
  • Patapsco State Park, area TBA - Rochelle Bartolomei
  • Plant ID and iNaturalist workshop on UMBC campus – Laura Sebastianelli and Karyn Molines
  • Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area – Wayne Tyndall

Sunday Field Trips

  • Maring CWMA - Carroll Co – Bob Ringler
  • Ferns of Gunpowder State Park - Dwight Johnson
  • Gwynns Falls-Leakin Park - Rod Simmons
  • Harlem Park Green Project - Chris Swan
  • Lake Roland Park - Kirsten Johnson
  • Severn Run Natural Environmental Area - Karyn Molines

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