Midwest Native Plant Society

Connecting People and Nature

6th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference

2014 Conference Plant: White Oak - Quercus alba
400 Year Old White Oak, Spring Grove Cemetery, 2014


The 6th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference will again be held on August 1,2 & 3, 2014, at the Bergamo Conference Center located on the beautiful grounds of the 300 acre Mount Saint John Preserve in Dayton, Ohio.

The Conference features keynote presentations from top naturalists from around the country, informative workshops and breakout sessions, and 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. Check out the full Agenda to see all of the details!

Our featured Keynote Speakers this year include Rick 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, creator 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 session speakers include: David Brandenburg, Kim Eierman, Tom Hissong, Brian Jorg, Bob Klips, Jim McCormac, Dave Nolin and Beate Popkin.

This year, our conference plant is the mighty White Oak, Quercus alba.

We will also be conducting a "bio-blitz" during the conference to list the various species of birds, mammals, moths & butterflies and other insects we encounter during our butterfly and evening hikes. We will have some real experts in our company to guide us and help us find those rare and/or elusive species during the weekend. This will be a fun and educational endeavor!

Our nocturnal forays will include one night of observing the moths and other interesting creatures who we will attract to lighted sheets and another night exploring the evening sounds of Summer during a hike around the conference campus. Our Conference is registered with National Moth Week, a global citizen science project.

We are grateful to the staff of the Marianist Environmental Center (MEEC) who assist us in putting this conference together each year! Our registration and lodging form is online, and for your convenience, this year we offer payment using PayPal. If for any reason, you need a paper copy of the registration sent to you, please contact Kathy McDonald.

We offer CEU's for Master Gardeners and Ohio Certified Master Naturalists.

In 2014, conference proceeds will benefit the following organizations:

The Nature Conservancy's Ohio Sunshine Corridor Project, Marianist Environmental Education Center, Cedar Bog Association, and Beavercreek Wetlands. Each year we have donated a significant amount of proceeds to help these organizations that are dedicated to preserving critical habitat.

Vendors open to the public on Saturday!