Native Plant Society of Texas

Symposium 2008

Annual State Meeting and Fall Symposium
October 16-19, 2008
Jasper, Texas
"Go Wild in the Thicket"
The Big Thicket
(Note venue change from Beaumont to Jasper)

Updated Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 10:00am CST

Symposium headquarters has moved from Beaumont to Jasper, Texas, 73 miles north of Beaumont. The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 14. Please see below for additional changes, and check back here for updates if you plan to attend the symposium.


The symposium headquarters has moved to Jasper, Texas. Due to Hurricane Ike, the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza, our original headquarters, is closed for repairs until the end of November. The Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza is calling each person personally to cancel their reservations with the hotel. See 'hotel accommodations' below for list of hotels/motels in the Jasper area and please make your reservations as soon as possible.


Please note that this is the original registration brochure and registration form and they do not reflect the changes that have taken place as a result of Hurricane Ike and moving the venue from Beaumont to Jasper.

Symposium registration brochure (6-page Adobe Acrobat PDF file - includes symposium registration form)
Symposium registration form (1-page Adobe Acrobat PDF file - included above in Symposium registration brochure also)

Thursday night dinner provided by the Beaumont Chapter at:
Catfish Cabin, (4687 Wheeler) US Hwy 96 North, Jasper, TX, 409.384.2228. Directions: Go 3.7 miles north from US Hwy 190; there is a large sign at the Cabin on left at top of a hill. Go past the cabin and take the crossover back to the south.
Symposium Registration Check-in 3-6, Dinner 5-7, Julie Shackelford presentation afterward

Friday and Saturday meeting location:
Pavilion in the Pines. Directions from Jasper: Take Hwy 96 North approximately five miles to CR 249. You will see cafe "Jasper Roadhouse" on the right side of Hwy 96 and a Shell station on the left side of 96. Turn right off Hwy 96 onto CR 249. The road will curve to the left. The gravel road is very well-marked with green signs to "Pavilion." The road has several curves and turns right to become CR 255 just before the site. It is 9/10 mile from Hwy 96 to the site. For further directions, call 409.384.4506.

Speakers and field trips will be the same, except for the following field trip cancelations due to Hurricane Ike:
- Shangri La Gardens
- Kirby Trail at the old BTNP Information Center
- Anahuac Marsh Preserve (replaced with "Birding in the Big Thicket")
- Cook's Lake Canoe Trip

Symposium registration may be done:
- online (
- by mail (Native Plant Society of Texas, PO Box 3017, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-1929)
- by fax (866.527.4918)
Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 14. Walk-up registrations will be accepted at the symposium as space allows, but payment by check or credit card only, no cash will be accepted, and no meals will be included.

Symposium registration fees:
- Complete conference package: $195
- Single-day options:
  -- Friday morning session with lunch, field trip & proceedings: $50
  -- Saturday conference with lunch & proceedings: $50
- Optional items available - see registration brochure

MasterCard, Visa & Discover accepted

You need not be a member to attend the symposium. Registration is open to all.


Please make your Jasper hotel/motel reservations as soon as possible.

Host hotels/motels in Jasper (rooms blocked; ask for Native Plant Society of Texas rooms):
- Ramada Jasper - 239 E Gibson, 409.384.9021, $67.15
- Best Western Inn - 205 W Gibson, 409.384.7767, $75/$84
- EconoLodge - blocked rooms until Friday, October 10, 5:00 pm - 612 W Gibson, 409.384.2511, $79.95/2 people, $10 ea for extras

Overflow hotels/motels in Jasper:
- Super 8 Jasper - 2100 N Wheeler, 409.384.8660
- Bass Buster Inn - 3967 RR 255 W, 409.698.3002
- Swann Hotel B&B - 250 N Main, 409.489.9010
- Belle-Jim Hotel - 160 N Austin, 409.384.6923
- Sunrise Inn - 1700 S Wheeler, 409.384.6816

If you made reservations at any of the following Beaumont hotels to attend the symposium, please CANCEL them:
- Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza, 3950 I-10 South at Walden Rd., Beaumont, TX, 409.842.5995
- Comfort Suites, 5955 Walden Road, Beaumont, TX, 409.840.6001
- LaQuinta, 5820 Walden Road, Beaumont, TX, 409.842.0002

silent auction

This is a popular feature of our symposiums and a fundraiser to help support student grants and scholarships. This year's proceeds will go to the new Kate Hillhouse Scholarship Fund. Members and Chapters are asked to donate items for the silent auction, and symposium attendees are asked to bid generously - remember, it's for a good cause. If you plan to donate an item, please fill out the top part of the Silent Auction Bid Sheet and include with your donation. (Bid sheets will be available at the auction also.)

& talks

- Making the Big Thicket Bigger: Expansion of the Big Thicket National Preserve - Julie Shackelford
- Introduction to the Big Thicket - Dr. Ellen Cover and Dr. Robert Corbett
- Exploring Geoendemic Plants of Texas - Dr. Alan Pepper
- Thicket of Diversity: Big Thicket ATBI - Dr. Dale Kruse
- Pineywoods Native Plant Center: The first ten years - Greg Grant
- The Big Thicket - Dr. Pete A.Y. Gunter
- Birds of the Big Thicket and the Plants they use - Glenn Olsen
- Invasive Exotic Solution Management - Lisa Jameson
- Ornamental Natives of the Big Thicket - Peter Loos
- Orchids of the Big Thicket - Joe Liggio
- Big Thicket Mycology - David Lewis
- What does it take to recover a species: Trailing phlox - Wendy J. Ledbetter
- Fire ecology and longleaf pine restoration in the Big Thicket - Deanna Boensch
- Flora of baygalls and bogs of West Central Louisiana and East Texas - Dr. Charles Allen

field trips

Note that some field trips have been canceled due to damage from Hurricane Ike.

Friday field trips:
1. Watson Preserve
2. Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary
3. Sabine River NWR @ TxDot I-10 East Texas Welcome Center
4. BTNP's Pitcher Plant Trail
5. Mushroom Foray: Big Thicket Mycology 101 @ Jack Gore Baygall Unit BTNP
6. Doremus Wholesale Nursery
7. Marysee Prairie
8. Shangri La Gardens - CANCELED
9. Pontoon on the Neches
10. Self-guided field trips:
     A) Sundew Trail
     B) Kirby Trail at the old BTNP Information Center - CANCELED
     C) Village Creek State Park
     D) Kirby State Forest
     E) Big Thicket Visitor Center

Sunday field trips:
1. Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary
2. Davis Hill State Park
4. Sundew Trail
5. CC Road Savannah Preserve
6. Cook's Lake Canoe Trip - CANCELED
7. Rush Creek
8. Bryophytes at The Canyonlands
9. Self-guided field trips:
     A) Watson Preserve
     B) Pitcher Plant Trail
     C) Kirby Trail at the old BTNP Information Center - CANCELED
     D) Village Creek State Park
     E) Kirby State Forest
     F) Big Thicket Visitor Center
     G) Shangri La Gardens - CANCELED

See registration brochure for field trip descriptions.

explore / learn

Big Thicket National Preserve:

"Big Thicket National Preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors that represent some 100,000 acres--a surviving remnant of a once-vast biological crossroads...Designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1981, Big Thicket National Preserve represents the only protected piece of what once was an eco-region of 3.5 million acres..." -- Texas Highways magazine, September 2008

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