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Native Plant Society of Texas


Speakers and field trips are being finalized and are subject to change. 


All In-person events are shown below. For Virtual registrants, * indicates a live streaming session that will also be available as a recording after the event.  Sessions marked ** (Concurrent Sessions 2) will only be available as recordings after the event. 

Thursday, November 9th

Self-guided field trips on way to the symposium

6 – 7:30 pm – Meet and Greet, Fredonia Brewery: It’s been too long! Come to the Fredonia Brewery to see your friends and renew acquaintances. Compete in the Lone Star Trivia event at 7 pm. This is a “No Host” event – visit for menu and pricing.

Friday, November 10th, 9 am – 10 am

Morning – Plenary Session, Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center
Matt Buckingham, An Overview of the Plant Communities of the Pineywoods*



Friday, November 10th, 10:30 am – 5 pm 


Afternoon – Guided field trip options (start times vary):

      • Angelina National Forest Upland Island Wilderness Area
      • Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve
      • Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Stephen F. Austin State University
      • Scrappin’ Valley
      • Sabine National Forest, Fox Hunters Hill
      • USDA-NRCS East Texas Plant Materials Center and Winston 8 Tree Farm
      • Davy Crockett Neches Bluff Overlook
      • Big Thicket National Preserve, Pitcher Plant Trail
      • Caddo Mounds State Historic Site 

    Friday, November 10th, 5 pm – 8 pm 

    Evening, 5 pm – 8 pm Reception, Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center: Come share your fun field trip experience with colleagues. Take some time to contemplate and place (first) bids on your favorite silent auction items. Talk to the vendors and sponsors. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages hosted by the Native Plant Society. Cash bar.

    Saturday, November 11th, Morning 8:30 am – 1:45 pm

    Plenary Sessions, Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center

        • Peter LoosOrnamental Garden Plants Native to East Texas*

        • Dr. David Creech, Director of SFA Gardens, Stephen F. Austin State University, Lessons Learned from Forty Years of Native Plant Studies in the Pineywoods*

        • Dr. James E. Van Kley, Professor, Department of Biology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Introducing ‘Plants of the Pineywoods Part 1’.*

        • Lunch, Society Annual State Meeting of Members*

        • Visit Vendors, Exhibitors, Silent Auction

      Saturday, November 11th, Afternoon 1:45 – 5:30 pm

      Choice of:

      Workshop, 2 – 4:30 pm:


      Concurrent Sessions 1:

          • Suzanne Birmingham Walker, Owner/ Vice President of Azimuth Forestry Services, Inc., New Occurrences and Rediscoveries in East Texas Flora*

          • David P. Lewis, Research Associate, S.M. Tracy Herbarium, College Station, TX, History of Mycology in Texas*


          • Charles Allen, Grasses and Sedges of East Texas and ID hints*


          • Tyson Hart, NRCS, Geology and Plants; (this session will not be recorded or broadcast)


        Concurrent Sessions 2:

            • Jordan Cunningham, SFA Gardens Greenhouse and Nursery Manager, Pollination Station: Native Plants at SFA Gardens**

            • Leslie L. Bush, Owner, Macrobotanical Analysis, Manchaca, TX, How to Build a Grass House: The Archaeology of Traditional Caddo Building Materials and Landscapes in East Texas**

            • Margaret Johnson, Undergraduate Student at Stephen F. Austin State University, Native Plant Trials at the Plantery Student Botanic Garden **

          Saturday, November 11th – Evening 6:45 – 9:15 pm

              • Awards Banquet

              • Presentation of Awards*

            Sunday, November 12th

            Self-guided field trips on way home