Our annual Fall Symposium for 2016 will be held October 14-15 in Glen Rose. This statewide meeting will seek to inspire and equip us all to work toward the mission of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
The Society has held an annual symposium each fall since its inception. This year will be a “hands-on symposium” for Society members. The theme Conservation and Climate Change will guide our exploration of ways we can preserve natural resources and make the future more viable for the native plants and plant habitats in Texas, to say nothing of Texans. As our climate changes, how can we help with pressing needs to conserve water, money and wildlife habitat?
The planning committee is specifically targeting members as we plan a series of messages and activities to inform and inspire each of us to be empowered to go home and make a difference across Texas with our knowledge.
- Members will be invited to help with installation of monarch waystations at rest areas south of Hillsboro along I-35 on Thursday and Sunday. This project headed by Kay Jenkins is the result of a cooperative agreement between the Society and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), in cooperation with TxDOT. When you register to attend the symposium, you will have options to volunteer for either or both of these workdays. A wide variety of skills are needed so there will be something for everyone, young and old!
- The first session on Friday will begin mid-morning, allowing a more relaxed arrival time for those who wish to drive that morning.
- All speakers will be in plenary sessions—no breakouts that force you to choose between two or more speakers you want to hear. All will focus on some aspect of how native plants and habitats are impacted by the recent cycles of drought and flood, even fire—and how we can help conserve them.
- On Saturday afternoon, a choice of workshops will be offered in lieu of smaller breakout speaker sessions. One we expect to be very popular will be the Bring Back the Monarchs program. Others will be announced in the near future.
- Most awards will be presented throughout the meeting, rather than all at once on Saturday evening. This will allow attendees time to learn about the recipients and their work while they still have an opportunity to visit with them, purchase books and get autographs, etc.
- The Saturday evening banquet will be a highlight with a dinner speaker followed by presentation of the Chapter of the Year and Benny J. Simpson Fellows awards.
More details about the symposium will be announced on our website as soon as they are known. Look for registration to start in late August or September.
We invite you to join us in Glen Rose and get excited about learning ways to impact the future of Texas’ natural resources. We hope to see you in October!