2024 Fall Symposium

Photo credit: Kathleen Scott, Bald Cypress in Landa Lake, Landa Park

"Preserving Our Botanical Heritage"

The NPSOT 2024 Fall Symposium is coming to New Braunfels, Texas with the theme of Preserving Our Botanical Heritage!
(Photo credit: Kathleen Scott, Bald Cypress in Landa Lake, Landa Park)

Event Overview

Join us October 10-13 for our 2024 Fall Symposium. The New Braunfels Civic Convention Center will serve as the symposium headquarters with NPSOT group-rate lodging available at The Resort at Schlitterbahn and other area hotels. The event schedule includes plenary sessions, multiple breakout sessions and a choice of guided field trips throughout the region. Attendees can participate in our silent auction and visit vendor and exhibitor displays at the Civic Center. In addition, a list of suggested self-guided field trips will be available for those traveling on Thursday and Sunday. This hybrid event includes registration options for in-person and virtual attendance, with in-person Society member and scholastic discounts. This event has been planned by the NPSOT 2024 Fall Symposium Committee.

About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blacklands Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairies extend from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbacaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe county also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason

2024 Fall Symposium Details

Schlitterbahn Resort New Braunfels Riverbend Cabin View


Special hotel rates are available for a limited time at a variety of price points for NPSOT 2024 Symposium Attendees – don’t wait, book now!

New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center Exterior


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