ANPS Fall Meeting 2018
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Everybody is welcome to attend! Meeting registration is only $10 with no pre-registration required. Registration will begin at 5:00 PM on Friday, October 12.
River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Rd
Fort Smith, AR 72916
Holiday Inn Express Fort Smith Executive Park
6813 Phoenix Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72903
We have reserved 25 rooms (12 two queen rooms and 13 king rooms) at the reduced rate of $89.99 plus tax per night. Reservations must be received by August 31, 2018 to guarantee the reduced rate. Be sure to mention that you are with the Arkansas Native Plant Society when making your reservation. Individuals are responsible for their own room and tax.
We will have a potluck meal Friday and Saturday evenings at the Nature Center. Bring a dish or just come and eat! There are also several dining options in the Fort Smith area near the hotel.
EVENING PROGRAMS – at the River Valley Nature Center
7:00 p.m. – Our Annual NATIVE PLANT AUCTION! Bring your native plants, books, homemade jelly, jewelry, or plant art for the auction. Proceeds from the auction support ANPS scholarships, research grants, and small grants programs.
6:00 p.m. – Membership Meeting
7:00 p.m. – Evening Program:
7:00-7:30 p.m. – Logan Estes, Graduate Student at the University of Arkansas and 2017 ANPS Delzie Demaree Grant Recipient, will speak on the topic “Where are all of Arkansas’ chinquapins? – An ecological assessment of Castanea throughout the state.”
7:30-8:00 p.m. – Dr. Dwayne Estes, Professor of Biology at Austin Peay State University and Executive Director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (https://www.segrasslands.org), will present the topic “The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: Charting A New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century.” The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) is a collaboration of leaders in international biodiversity conservation led by the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for Field Biology, in partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, North Carolina Botanical Garden, and Roundstone Native Seed. The SGI seeks to integrate research, consultation, and education, along with the administration of grants, to create innovative solutions to address the multitude of complex issues facing Southeastern grasslands, the most imperiled ecosystems in eastern North America.
8:00-9:00 p.m. – John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (https://www.bbgardens.org), will speak on the topic “Conversion Therapy…to the Wonder of Native Plants.” Until as recently as a few decades ago, native plants were the purview of people who wore tied-dyed shirts and burned lots of incense; In other words, a counter-culture. Since that time, there has been a sea change in attitudes towards the importance of our native flora and its habitats. How do we continue this conversion to a deeper understanding that it’s about much more than pretty plants? John will illustrate how he and Birmingham Gardens work to archive this understanding.
Several field trips to local areas of top botanical interest are scheduled for Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday morning field trips will leave from the hotel at 8:30. Saturday afternoon field trips will meet at the trip locations at 2:00 p.m. You must sign up for field trips on Friday evening to allow for adequate logistical planning. We advise bringing sunscreen, water, and bug spray for ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes!
We are currently working on field trip locations and organizing trip leaders, so stay tuned to this page for full details!