Wichita Falls, October 15-18
People, Prairies: Partners
The Native Plant Society of Texas has held an Annual Symposium in 17 different locations around the state since 1991, and this year we meet in Wichita Falls. Our focus is the junction of the West Cross Timbers and the Rolling Plains, which is very near the east-west centerline of the continental United States. We will cover not only the flora, but also the fauna, history and people of the area.
Please read the following descriptions or download a brochure before registering online so you will understand your options.
Come on Thursday afternoon to the River Bend Nature Center to visit the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and then stay for buffalo burgers and beans (included in full registration) and enjoy cowboy poets Doyle Wood and Hal Newsome. River Bend Nature Center is located at 2200 3rd Street, near the entrance to Lucy Park. This is very close to the Howard Johnson hotel.
Friday morning will be filled with presentation of papers, and Friday afternoon will have Workshops and Field Trips to some of the local attractions. Be sure to get back in time on Friday night to Lucy Park for the buffalo roast and trimmings (guaranteed to fill you up), and you might learn a little about Native American life. (Also included in full registration).
After a morning of more papers, Saturday afternoon will be filled with the business meetings, and the day will end with the annual awards banquet at the Howard Johnson. Steven Chamblee will share his observations of life from the plants’ point of view. (Also included in full registration.)
The Silent Auction will, as usual, run from Friday morning until 5:30 Saturday afternoon. We need your donations of items for the Auction. There will also be vendors of various things and some plant sales. Sunday morning will be checkout at the hotel and departure for Field Trips on your way home.
Full registration, including the proceedings and three evening meals, is $120. You may also register for Friday or Saturday only at the daily rate of $50.
This year we are also going to have a non-member general admission of $10 per day for local folks who would like to listen to the presentations and visit the vendors without receiving a copy of the Proceedings or participating in the Field Trips and Workshops.
The headquarters hotel is the Howard Johnson Plaza, 401 Broad Street. Phone 940-766-6000 and ask for the special rate of $64 per night. To get to the Howard Johnson Plaza, take the Broad Street exit off US 281/287. The presentation of papers, business meetings and Saturday night Awards Banquet will be at the Howard Johnson hotel.
If you are bringing your RV, check out the Wichita Falls RV Park at 2944 Seymour Highway.
We are hosted by the Red River Chapter (Paul Dowlearn, president), with much help from the almost brand new Young County Wild Flower Power Chapter (Susan Fanchier, president), the River Bend Nature Center, and the Native Prairies Association of Texas.