Statewide Events

(See the Events by Other Groups page for even more events.)

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Harris Lake County Park Longleaf Field Trip

(2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Jackie Trickel, Assistant Park Manager of Education and Program at Harris Lake County Park, (and NCNPS Board Member) will lead this trip through the 60 acre restored Longleaf Forest providing information on how it is managed and what projects are planned for the future. In addition we hope to identify plants to add to our natural resource inventory database. 

The park address is 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill NC.
We will meet near the playground and carpool from there to the longleaf forest. 

Dress for the weather and bring water and binoculars to catch a view of any birds we see.

Please contact Amy at
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Alan Weakley—North Carolina’s Diverse Flora – Discoveries, Conservation, and Identification

(7 p.m.--Please come early, 6:30 p.m., to say hello before the program )
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Gentiana autumnalis, Pinebarren Gentian, by Alan Weakley)

Understanding the natural diversity around us – our natural heritage – is more accessible than ever with new tools and technology.  But that natural diversity is also increasingly imperiled.  Learn about what makes North Carolina special, and new tools to appreciate and understand North Carolina’s plants and ecosystems.

Alan Weakley is a plant taxonomist, community ecologist, and conservationist specializing in the Southeastern United States.  He holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from Duke University.  He has worked as botanist and ecologist for the N.C. Natural Heritage Program, and as regional and chief ecologist for The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe.  He is currently Director of the UNC Herbarium, a department of the N.C. Botanical Garden, and teaches as adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and at the Highlands Biological Station. 

Alan is author of the Flora of the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, and co-author (with Chris Ludwig and Johnny Townsend) of the Flora of Virginia, which has received five awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Award for Conservation.  He is also co-author (along with Laura Cotterman and Damon Waitt) of Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

He has also released an app, FloraQuest, co-developed with Michael Lee and Rudy Nash, covering the Southeastern United States flora.  He has authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and is in high demand as a speaker on plant taxonomy, community classification and mapping, biogeography, and biodiversity conservation.  He is active with the Flora of North America project and the United States National Vegetation Classification, serves as an advisor to the N.C. Natural Heritage Program and N.C. Plant Conservation Program, and is a co-founder of the Carolina Vegetation Survey.  As a trustee and board member of public and private conservation granting agencies and foundations, he has helped oversee $400,000,000 of land conservation grants in the Southeastern United States.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Medicinal and Edible Uses for Native Plants with Marie Noel

(7 p.m.--Please come early, 6:30 p.m., to say hello before the program )
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower, by Marie Noel

Our native plants are so much more than landscaping.  Marie Noel, Triad Chapter NCNPS member, will share the many uses of some familiar natives.  Historical medicinal uses and edible options will be discussed as well as methods for creating easy preparations for practical use.  Resources will be shared.

Marie is a long time Greensboro resident and retired registered nurse.  She became interested in herbalism in 2015 and studied with Heart of Herbs School for three years to gain a Master Herbalist certification.  She is a member of the American Herbalist Guild.  She joined the NCNPS early in her Herbalist studies to learn more about native plants and ethical foraging.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference 2020

(July 22-25, 2020)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Join fellow NC Native Plant Society members in Cullowhee next summer for hikes, lectures and connecting with a wide variety of fellow native plant geeks!

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2020 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:

Feb 8 - Iredell County Library in Statesville
May 2 - TBD
August 8 TBD
November 14 TBD

June 6 - Annual Members Picnic

Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM -

Chapter Meetings and Events

Find details on chapter homepages.

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