Calendar of Events 2015

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 11, 2015  Ouachita National Trail in Perry County

Eric Hunt & Virginia McDaniel will co-lead. We will meet at 10:00am at the Lake Sylvia trailhead parking area. Volunteers will be needed to carpool folks over to the Highway 9 trailhead. GPS for the Lake Sylvia trailhead parking area is 34.86320, -92.81864. Ignore the “Lake Sylvia/Closed” signs on Highway 9/10 – those refer to the public swimming area.

We will explore a section of the Ouachita National Trail that noted Arkansas outdoor writer Tim Ernst described as one of the most scenic of the entire trail. The spring wildflower bloom should be in full swing. We hope to see the easternmost Ouachita Mountains population of the rare species Uvularia perfoliata on this hike, along with large colonies of Iris cristata and numerous other flowers, trees and forbs.

Bring water and lunch. The trail is narrow with moderately steep dropoffs.  Wear sturdy hiking boots or shoes please.

There is a lovely short self-guided paved loop trail at the Lake Sylvia parking area that can be explored by interested persons before or after the main hike.

Contact Eric Hunt ( or 415-225-6561) or Virginia McDaniel ( or 828-545-2062) for more information or reservations or to volunteer to help carpool. Participation is limited to 15 people. Note: Cell phone service is very spotty in this part of the Ouachita Mountains. Eric does not have service and Virginia has intermittent service.

We will start the carpool over to the Highway 9 trailhead at 10:15 sharp.

April 17-19, 2015 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:
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: Featuring our first-ever silent auction.  We invite you to participate, first by donating items for the auction, and then by attending the meeting and bidding to your heart’s content!

Here are some of the basic ground rules for the auction: 

Auction Time:  The auction will begin shortly after meeting registration opens at 5:00 PM, Friday April 17, and will close Saturday night at the end of the program.  Do not plan to bid if you cannot be present or arrange for someone else to collect your item(s) and make payment.

Eligibility to bid:  Anyone registered for the meeting is eligible to bid on auction items.

Donors:  ANPS members may donate any item that is in some way related to native plants.  Examples of items suitable for donation:   Plants most suitable for viewing/inspecting in the spring (hold those other plants for the big fall auction!); seeds, especially those suitable for planting in the spring;  books related to botany and native plants;  pictures/paintings related to native plants or scenes (we have some great photographers in our group who should feel free to donate prints of their best native plant photos).

Please complete the donation form prior to the meeting if possible.  We welcome your donations at any time, but ask that you deliver items if possible before 5:00 PM on Friday, prior to the beginning of the auction. AUCTION_ItemDonationForm

If you have questions contact:
Michael Weatherford
1419 Forrest Road
Warren, AR 71671


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:

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.

May 9, 2015  Arkansas Audubon Society’s Gillam Park preserve in Little Rock

Eric Hunt & Eric Sundell will co-lead. Meet at 10:00am at swimming pool parking lot at the end of Gillam Park Road. (GPS for the end of Gillam Park Road is 34.702725, -92.252850)

To reach the preserve, take Exit 1 for Springer Blvd. off of I-440 and head south on Springer Blvd/AR365. Gillam Park road is the first left after the Arkansas Audubon Society building. Pull through gate to swimming pool parking area.

Audubon Arkansas Nature Center includes bottomland hardwood forest, cypress-lined oxbow, upland white oak/hickory, post oak savannah, and ultra-rare nepheline syenite glades within its 400 acres.

The field trip will be in two parts – the first part will explore the uploand white oak/hickory habitat on the way to see the rare glades. We will return to the parking area and take a rest/lunch break and then make our way to the Fouche Creek cypress oxbow.

Wear sturdy shoes. Be prepared for wet ground in the bottomlands if we’ve had good rains. Bring water, lunch and insect repellent.

Contact Eric Hunt (ericinlr@gmail or 415-225-6561) for more information or reservations.

June 5, 2015  Field Trip to Ouachita Mountain Glades

Leader: Susan Hooks (501) 282-5365    Email:  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, 2015  Fall ANPS meeting will be held in Eureka Springs. (details to come)