Tri-State Native Plant Conference 2017

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The Virginia Native Plant Society, with the Potowmack Chapter as hosts;  the Maryland Native Plant Society; and the West Virginia Native Plant Society are joining together to host the 2017 Native Plant Conference at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia –
September 29 – October 1.

Schedule of Events
Friday, September 29th

• 3:00 p.m.  Conference Check-In Begins
• 3:00-5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet, Poster Sessions, Flora of Virginia App demos

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner
• 7:30 p.m.             Evening Speaker: Wesley Knapp, Western Regional Ecologist NC   Natural Heritage Department
•  9:00 p.m.            National Seed Strategy with Lewis Gorman: USFWS’s National Seed Strategy Implementation Team
    9:00 p.m.            Evening Social Bonfire with Music

Saturday, September 30th

• 6:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
• 8:00 a.m.    Late Arrivals Room Check-In
• 8:00 a.m.    Late Arrivals Conference Check-In
• 8:30 a.m.    Full Day Field Trips and Workshops gather; pick up box lunches
• 9:00 a.m.    Morning Half Day Field Trips and Workshops
• 12:00 p.m.  Lunch for on-site activities
• 1:00 p.m.     Afternoon Half Day Field Trips and Workshops
• 5:00 p.m.     Field Trips return back to NCTC
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner
• 7:30 p.m.       Evening Speaker: Rodney Bartgis, formerly with The Nature Conservancy as well as both the VA and MD Natural Heritage Programs
• 9:00 p.m.       National Seed Strategy with Lewis Gorman: USFWS’s National Seed Strategy Implementation Team
   9:00 p.m.      Evening Social and Bonfire with “Sounds of Nature” by Kevin Dodge

Sunday, October 1st

• 6:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Roundtable Discussion with Alan Ford, President, Potowmack Chapter, VNPS:
How Can We Collaborate to Boost Conservation? (Time to be announced)
• 8:30 Field Trips and Workshops gather; pick up box lunches


Click here for Complete List of Trips and Workshops.

Plus, there is plenty to do in charming Shepherdstown for non-plant persons, such as: an independent bookstore; cycling, kayaking, or walking the C&O Canal; restaurants and shopping; yoga; and antiques to start with!

Accommodations and Registration

Simple, clean rooms on campus, walk to dining room, classrooms, and talks. Some field trips on campus, too.


Simple, clean rooms on campus, walk to dining room, classrooms, and talks. Some field trips will be held on campus as well.

The NCTC has nice hotel-style rooms in spacious lodges with lots of comfortable areas for socializing. Meals in the Dining Hall are a complete buffet with many options, including several hot stations; vegetarian choices; soups; salad bar and desserts.

Meals begin with dinner on Friday and continue through a boxed lunch to take with you on Sunday, six in all. Saturday lunch is at the Dining Hall, or you can opt to have a boxed lunch to take out.

The Registration Fee is at a discounted price until July 31st.

Early Registration (until July 31)

$100 Members (early)
$140 Nonmembers (early)

Late Registration (After August 1)

$140 Members (late)
$180 Nonmembers (late)
$15 Students

Accomodations
Price includes both Friday and Saturday nights, plus six meals.

Single: One double bed; $300 per person
Sharing: Two adults sharing one double bed; $220 per person
Double: Two adults sharing a room with two beds (limited availability); $220 per person

All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch will be provided. No discounts for partial attendance.

Off campus housing is available in nearby hotels (approx. $100/night). Those staying off campus must pay the $100 meal fee. All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch will be provided. No exceptions.

Don’t miss this chance to experience:

  • Fall-blooming wildflowers
  • Shrubs, trees, ferns, bryophytes
  • Interesting and unique geographical features
  • Expert trip and workshop leaders
  • Conservation speakers
  • Live presentations by Bland Crowder on the Flora of Virginia App
  • Roundtable discussion to bolster conservation efforts
  • Fun and networking with the plant-loving world!
Beautiful Dining Hall, plus lots of place to meet, talk, and network!

Beautiful Dining Hall, plus lots of place to meet, talk, and network!

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