The Maryland Native Plant Society


Throughout the year, programs are offered in the evening featuring speakers on topics as varied as identification, habitats, landscaping, and stewardship. Many programs include brief business meetings of the society.

    • 01/26/2021
    • 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Webinar


    We can accommodate 500 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. A recording will be available 2-3 weeks after the program.

    Speaker: William Hilgartner, Ph.D.

    This presentation will describe an ongoing study of a serpentine grassland at Bare Hills Barrens, part of the Lake Roland Park near Baltimore, which was begun in 2000. The original purpose was to identify and record all herbaceous species in a 550 square meter plot. Blooming times and the presence/absence of grasses, sedges and other flowering plants have been monitored within that plot since 2000. After 2002 the study became a study of succession and stability, as well as providing insights into the "serpentine factor", the physiological factor(s) that governs why some species persist there while others are precluded. The uniqueness of the vegetation, community stability and change, and the impact of pine expansion and non-natives will be discussed. The webinar will include a description of a restoration site. The Bare Hills name goes back to the 1700s or early 1800s when the first mining of chromium began there in 1810.

    Our speaker, Bill Hilgartner, is a paleoecologist, naturalist, and teacher. He is an adjunct faculty member of The Johns Hopkins University, Engineering For Professionals Graduate Program. He has taught plant and bird ecology, geology, and evolution at Friends School, Johns Hopkins University and MICA. His research has focused on macrofossil seeds of plants in rivers and wetlands as well as vegetation of serpentine barrens. His earlier research concerned fossil birds of the Bahamas with the Smithsonian Institution. He has two sons and 3 grandchildren, and lives with his wife Marilyn and 2 cats in Baltimore, MD.


    The program will be presented online through Zoom, in webinar format. You will not be able to share your own audio or video with other participants, but you will be able to submit questions in writing during the program.

    Registration is required. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program. 

    The program is free and open to the public.

    If you enjoy MNPS programs please consider clicking
     here to make a donation. And don't forget to renew your membership!

    • 01/27/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Meeting


    We can accommodate 100 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. This program will not be recorded.

    Host: Karyn Molines

    This presentation will provide a brief overview of the proposed super-conducting Magnetic Levitation train system (MAGLEV) and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Then, we'll break out into rooms (based on county of residence) to write letters to decision makers and elected officials.

    Come Prepared to write letters:

    Registration is required. to participate. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting. If you cannot attend, please feel free to write a letter using the resources above.

    The program is free and open to the public.

    If you enjoy MNPS programs please consider clicking here to make a donation. And don't forget to renew your membership!

    • 02/09/2021
    • 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Meeting


    We can accommodate 100 attendees for this Zoom meeting for members only. First come first served. This program will NOT be recorded.

    This will be a special program for MNPS members only. We will enjoy three plant ID “show and tell” presentations,  to experience some of the different ways and habitats where people find and appreciate native plants in Maryland:

    • Claudine Lebeau-Spring Wildflowers of Ferry Hill
    • Katya Tregub-Emrick-Common Native Plants of Paint Branch Tail
    • Sujata Roy-Sssnake Plants: Native Plants with "Snake" Names

    This members-only program will be a Zoom meeting, so you will be able to see other attendees, unless they choose to hide their video. You will also be able to type written questions in the chat box. 

    You must register to get the Zoom link, but registration does not guarantee that you will be able to attend. We can only accommodate 100 people for a Zoom meeting, so only the first 100 members to log on will be able to join.

    This program will not be recorded.

    If you have photos of a special place or favorite species that you’d like to share for a virtual field trip, please email or reply to this email.

    Registration is required. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program.

    If you enjoy MNPS programs please consider clicking here to make a donation. And don't forget to renew your membership!!

Past Programs

12/01/2020 MNPS Program (members only): Plant ID Show and Tell
11/12/2020 MNPS Program, Western Mountains Chapter: Making Central Appalachian Forests More Resilient: Restoring Late-successional forest structure
10/27/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Flora and Fauna of Patuxent Refuge and Beltsville Agricultural Center: The Looming Threat From a MAGLEV/Federal Plan
10/08/2020 MNPS Program, Western Mountains Chapter (Thursday): Grass Identification For Dummies Like Us: How To Get Started Figuring Out Grasses
09/29/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Native Grasses For Use in Home Gardens and Native Meadows
08/25/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Native Planting and Other Yard Landscaping Techniques: An Insect's Point of View
07/28/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): History of Open Landscapes in the Mid-Atlantic Region
06/30/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Native Plants: A Pollinator's Perspective
06/18/2020 Western Mountains: Program - CANCELLED
06/16/2020 MLGC: CANCELLED
05/26/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Of Rice & Rails: The Delicate Ecology of Wild Rice Marshes on the Patuxent River-CANCELLED
05/19/2020 MLGC: Program
05/09/2020 MT MD Native Plant Fest - Cancelled but plants available!
04/28/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): MDs Native Grasslands and Meadow, Plus City Nature Challenge ID Help-CANCELLED
03/31/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Native planting and other yard landscape techniques: an insect's point of view-RESCHEDULED TO JULY 28 2020
03/17/2020 MLGC: Program
03/12/2020 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/25/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): An Introduction to the Year of the Grasses
02/13/2020 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
01/28/2020 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Discover the Full Capabilities of iNaturalist
11/26/2019 MNPS Annual Meeting and Program (Tuesday): Emerald Ash Borer Update
11/14/2019 Western Mountains: November Meeting & Program
10/29/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Parasitic Plants Part 2
10/10/2019 Western Mountains: October Meeting & Program
09/24/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): From Mountains to Saltmarsh - Rediscovering Maryland Ornithological Society Sanctuaries
09/19/2019 Western Mountains: Workshop
08/27/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Area-wide Tick Control in Suburban Communities"
08/17/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/31/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/30/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Dark Secrets on the Forest Floor"
07/15/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/25/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "How to recognize old-growth forests, and what makes them so special"
06/25/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/12/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/31/2019 Serpentine Barrens of the Northern Piedmont-Nottingham, PA (Friday)
05/28/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "The Mushroom Chronicles: Why Plants Need Fungi""
05/25/2019 Pomonkey Forest Native Plant Walk and Trash Cleanup (Saturday)
05/24/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/11/2019 Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival
05/06/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/30/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Are the Little Things Running the World?"
04/26/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
03/26/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Emerald Ash Borer Update for Maryland
03/23/2019 Creating Biodiversity in Your Environment (Baltimore County Forestry Board workshop)
03/14/2019 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/26/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Invisible Connections - Introduction to Parasitic Plants
02/14/2019 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
02/09/2019 Rock Creek Orchid Club program-Native Orchids
11/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): O Where Are The Pines Of Piney Branch?
11/08/2018 Western Mountains: November Meeting & Program
10/30/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Insects associated with local Apocynaceae, with side trips to the Caribbean and Horn of Africa
10/11/2018 Western Mountains: October Meeting & Program
09/25/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Naked Mountain, The Delights and Challenges of Owning a Virginia Natural Area Preserve
08/28/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Helping Nature Help Itself
08/06/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/31/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Milkweeds and Their Communities
07/16/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/29/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/26/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Algae of Maryland: Diversity, Distribution and Environmental Importance
06/08/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/29/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Ferns in the Natural Landscape
05/07/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/24/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Spring Wildflowers
04/22/2018 Environmental Concern Celebrates Earth Day at Layton's Chance Winery
04/16/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/07/2018 Fish Grow On Trees-Wildlife Considerations for Streamside Forest Buffer Plantings (Carroll County)
03/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Limits of Restoration
03/20/2018 Mountain Laurel Garden Club
03/13/2018 Allegany & Garrett Counties' Bird Club
03/08/2018 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Dogbanes and Milkweeds
02/08/2018 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
01/30/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Life on the Edge
12/03/2017 Water Forum (sponsored by Sierra Club)
11/28/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Members Share and (Short) Annual Meeting
10/24/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Botanical Society of Washington; Partnering for Plants
09/26/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife with author Nancy Lawson
08/29/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Peas of Maryland
08/04/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
07/25/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): How Geology Affects Plants: Examples Near Great Falls, MD
06/27/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Transforming the Natural Heritage Plant List
06/08/2017 Hometown Habitat: Lecture & Documentary Film
06/02/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
05/30/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Fabaceae (Pea Family) of Our Region
05/05/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
04/25/2017 MNPS Program: Native orchids - Ecologically interesting and deserving of MNPS support for their conservation
04/23/2017 MNPS Workshop: SERC Flora Project
03/28/2017 MNPS Program: Bringing Back the Grasslands, One Lawn at a Time
02/28/2017 MNPS Program: Vulnerability of Tidal Wetlands to Sea Level Rise (Tuesday)
01/31/2017 MNPS Program: A tale of two vines (Tuesday)
11/29/2016 The Science behind Wild and Designed Plant Communities (Tuesday)
10/28/2016 Additions, Deletions and Re-deletions to the Maryland Flora (Friday)
10/25/2016 Native Medicinal Plants: Cultivation, Conservation and Ethnobotany (Tuesday)
10/18/2016 Western Mountains Chapter: October Meeting & Program
10/01/2016 MNPS Program and Field Trip: Introduction to Native Plants and Visit to Cavano's Perennials (Saturday)
09/27/2016 Documenting Maryland's Flora Through Space and Time: the Norton-Brown Herbarium and the Maryland Plant Atlas
08/30/2016 Native Plant Production Utilizing Seeds of Local Ecotype
07/26/2016 Creating Beautiful Landscapes for Pollinator and Wildlife Habitat: Smithsonian Gardens to Your Front Yard (Tuesday)
06/28/2016 Conifer Diversity in Maryland: Identification and Ecology (Tuesday)
05/31/2016 Update on Wavyleaf Basketgrass: Habitat, Dispersal, Competition and Control (Tuesday)
04/26/2016 Signs of Deer
03/29/2016 Year of the Conifer (Tuesday)
03/17/2016 Native Plants in the Landscape (Thursday)
02/23/2016 Vegetation Dynamics in Serpentine Soil (Tuesday)
01/26/2016 Year of the Conifer- CANCELED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE
11/17/2015 Holiday Social and Members Share Night
10/27/2015 Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic: Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment
10/20/2015 Western Mts Chapter Program: An Evaluation of Pest and Disease Vulnerability of DC Urban Street Trees
10/17/2015 Western Mts Chapter Program: Ginseng Talk & Fall Foliage Walk
09/29/2015 Ecological Restoration of Invaded Urban Forests
08/25/2015 What's in a Name? Botanical Names Explored
08/18/2015 Western Mountains Chapter Program
07/28/2015 MNPS Program: NatureServe- A Network Approach to Conserving Plants
06/30/2015 MNPS Program: Native and Non-native Vines in Maryland’s Natural Areas
06/16/2015 Woodland Ecosystems Urban Design (Tuesday)
06/13/2015 Bay-Wise and Beautiful Garden Tour (Saturday)
05/26/2015 Non-native invasive insects and diseases: What do they like to eat and attack?
05/07/2015 MNPS Northeast Chapter Program
05/07/2015 Douglas Tallamy- Book Signing and Presentation
04/28/2015 Effects of Non-native Earthworms on Mid-Atlantic Forest Soils
03/31/2015 Statewide Eyes Program: A Citizen Science Contribution to Protecting Maryland Biodiversity
02/24/2015 Year of the Vines
01/27/2015 The Effects of Climate Change on Native Plants
10/28/2014 A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC
09/30/2014 Deer Overabundance: Unintended Ecological Consequences
08/26/2014 Herbal Uses for Native Plants - and a few pioneers...
07/29/2014 The Maryland Amphibian Reptile Atlas
06/24/2014 Amelanchier (Shadbush) of the Potomac Gorge
05/27/2014 The Decline of Orchid Populations in the Catoctin Mountains
05/04/2014 Native Plant Palooza
04/29/2014 Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group Report Highlights
03/25/2014 The Mysterious Biology of Native Orchids
02/25/2014 Maryland Biodiversity Project
01/28/2014 MNPS Monthly Program: Introduction to the Rose Family in Maryland
01/22/2014 Plant Conservation Lecture Series- United States Botanic Garden
11/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Members Share and (Short) Annual Meeting
10/29/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: How Are Mountain Wildflowers and Pollinators Responding to a Changing Climate?
10/22/2013 MNPS Program: Learn about Lupines and Invasive Plants
09/24/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Challenges of Native Prairie Coastal Restoration
08/27/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Geology and Natural History of Maryland
07/30/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Let’s Do Lunch-The Uneasy Relationship Between Ungulates and the Landscapes They Inhabit
06/25/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: From Mountains to Sea: Maryland’s Natural Areas
05/28/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: The Path from Heath to Gardens
05/15/2013 MNPS Program: Native Plant Garden Tour
05/14/2013 Movie Night and "Early-Bird" Walk
04/30/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Heath Diversity in Maryland
03/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: The Ecology of Wavyleaf Basketgrass
02/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Introduction to Maryland's Heaths
01/29/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Oak Hybrids of Our Region
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