2015 Calendar for the Arkansas Native Plant Society (ANPS) including events of the Ozark Chapter Arkansas Native Plant Society (OCANPS)
Community Events Page lists those activities that might be of interest to members, but not organized by ANPS.
ANPS Members: If you are planning on joining any of the hikes either with ANPS or OCANPS, please contact the trip leader in advance so they will know to expect you. There is a limit to the number of people at some locations.
Future ANPS members: We invite future ANPS members to attend our hikes along with our members. Please call trip leader to let them know you are coming.
April 17-19 Spring ANPS meeting will be held in Monticello.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express, 146 Dearman Drive, Monticello AR 71655, 870-460-0100. Thirty five rooms (6 kings and 29 with two queens) will be available at a daily rate of $80 plus 15% tax. Cutoff date for reservations is April 3. As with all Holiday Inn Express, free breakfast is provided. There is also a Hampton Inn nearby but we do not have special rates with them.
Meeting Location: On the campus of the University of Arkansas Monticello (in the Science building).
Dining: All of the usual fast food chains (McDonalds, Wendys, etc); Rays authentic drive-inn style food; Cowboys Seafood Buffet (great fried catfish).
Fine Dining: Village Steakhouse is the only selection: outstanding steaks/seafood; located about 20 miles north of Monticello in Star City: http://www.menupix.com/arkansas/restaurants/5400262/Village-Steakhouse-Star-City-AR
Field trips: Will feature unique sites such as saline prairies; other sites typical of the Arkansas Delta and West Gulf Coastal Plain.
Program: Emphasis will be on saline prairies and glades and history of the UAM herbarium and arboretum.
Other: This meeting will feature a silent auction. Members will be invited to submit plants, seeds, books, photos, etc to include in the auction. Details to follow.
May 7 2015 Poison Springs State Forest Sand Barren & Pak-Pine Forest Preserve Chidester (Ouachita County), Arkansas
Mark your calendars, a botanical field trip is planned for the Poison Springs State Forest Sand Barren & Oak-Pine Forest Preserve on May 7. The preserve includes about 435 acres of sandhill barrens and woodland vegetation supporting many rare species.
See the following link for more information: http://www.naturalheritage.com/natural-area/poison-springs-state-forest-sand-barren_oak-pine-forest-preserve/
We will meet at 10:00AM at the EZ Mart near the intersection of Highways 57 and 24.
All are welcome – ANPS members and non-members! Contact Meredith York (870-786-5808) or Mike Weatherford (870-820-8300) to ask questions and let us know you will be attending.
June 5, 2015 Field Trip to Ouachita Mountain Glades
Leader: Susan Hooks (501) 282-5365 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Join Forest Service botanist Susan Hooks on a trip to explore glade communities on the Ouachita National Forest. The glades are sparsely covered in cedar and elm trees with exposed rock, which creates a unique habitat for locally rare species such as the aquatic pillwort (Pilularia americana), a little fern that looks like a grass with fiddle heads. The glades are near roads and the terrain is fairly flat. We should see a variety of spring wildflowers, grasses, lichens, and mosses. We will begin at Fulton Branch glades and if time permits we will visit other glades near the Mt. Ida area.
We will meet at 10:00 am Burl’s Smoke House on US Hwy 270 west of Hot Springs on the west side of Crystal Springs. You will need to bring your lunch and plenty of water.
Contact Susan to sign up for this trip
October 9-11 Fall ANPS meeting will be held in Eureka Springs. (details to come)