6th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference "Connecting People with Nature"
August 1,2 & 3, 2014
Conference Plant: White Oak, Quercus alba
The keynote speakers for the 6th annual Midwest Native Plant Conference will be Richard Darke, author of "The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest", Eric Eaton, co-author of Kaufman Field Guide "Field Guide to Insects of North America", and Elizabeth Farnsworth, creater of "Go Botany", an online website for identifying, sharing, exploring, and discovering New England's native plants hosted, by the New England Wildflower Society.
Our breakout speakers include: David Brandenburg, Kim Eierman, Tom Hissong, Brian Jorg, Bob Klips, Jim McCormac, Dave Nolin, Beate Popkin and Lisa Rainsong.
Our conference vendors will be open to the public on Saturday, August 2, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a great selection of native plants, artwork, jewelry, books and other items designed to connect you with nature. The 2013 Vendors were: Ann Geise, Andrew Gibson, Basically Natives, Bob Henn, Companion Plants, Enchanter's Garden Native Plants, David Fitzsimmons, Friendly Gardens, Genius Loci,Inc., Habitat Creations of Ohio, Inc., Heart by Nature Retreats, Keystone Flora Native Plants, Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) Native Plants, Jim McCormac, Naturally Native Nursery, Naturescapes Studio, Ohio University Press, Pike County Farm, Porterbrook Native Plants, Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc., Scioto Gardens.
We will offer informative workshops and breakout sessions, as well as morning and evening field trips on Friday and Saturday. Sunday offers expert led field trips to some interesting natural areas rich in native plants and diversity.
This year, our conference plant is the mighty White Oak, Quercus alba. And, for the first time, we will be conducting a "bioblitz" during the conference to list the various species we encounter on our bird and butterfly walks, insects and moth evening hikes. We will have some real experts in our company to guide us and help us find those rare and/or elusives species during the weekend. This will be a fun and educational endeaver! We will be offering mothing stations during the conference for our night walks and we are registered with National Moth Week, a global citizen science project. See a sample of the weekend in the Conference Agenda!
If you are interested in being a conference vendor or a sponsor, send an email to:firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
The Midwest Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional naturalists, botanists, teachers, researchers, gardeners, birders, and the list goes on of those who have a deep appreciation for our native flora and fauna. Our mission is to promote awareness of the importance of native plants and the wildlife that depend on them, within biologically diverse ecosystems and in our own home landscapes.
Our goals include:
Connecting people with nature.
Conserving native habitats and assisting organizations that promote and protect them.
Developing educational programs that help to understand the beauty, diversity and
versatility of our native plants, and encouraging the use of native plants in public and
Promoting native plants, plant communities and healthy ecosystems as essential to the
well-being of all living things.
Promoting the commercial availability of local native plant materials.
Experiencing native plants throughout the Midwest, in natural environments and
Offering CEU's for ASLA, APLD, Master Gardener's and Ohio Certified Naturalists.
In support of our mission, we host an annual conference, "The Midwest Native Plant Conference" and donate funds to conservation projects and organizations that are working to preserve native plant communities.