2023 ANPS Spring Meeting Information

ANPS Spring 2023 Meeting
May 19-21 in Northwest Arkansas

Everyone is welcome to attend! Meeting registration is only $10 with no pre-registration required. Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership Watershed Learning Center.

Illinois River Watershed Partnership Watershed Learning Center
221 S. Main St., Cave Springs, AR 72718
Website: irwp.org

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Bentonville
2205 S.E. Walton Boulevard, Bentonville, AR

We have reserved 10 king rooms at a rate of $109.00 plus tax per night and 10 double queen rooms at a rate of $119.00 plus tax per night. Reservations must be received by April 28, 2023 to guarantee these rates. 

Follow the link in the hotel’s name above to book your room, or if you prefer to call to make a reservation be sure to mention that you are with the Arkansas Native Plant Society.

We will have a potluck meal Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring a dish to share or just come and eat! The IRWP Watershed Learning Center has a refrigerator we can use to store food overnight. 

There are also many dining options near the hotel.

The silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and close at the end of the program on Saturday evening. Proceeds from the auction support the ANPS small grants program, student research grants, and student scholarships! Bring any donations to you would like to include in the auction before 6:00. Auction sheets will be provided. If your item does not sell, you must take it back with you at the end of the meeting.

Several field trips to local areas of top botanical interest are scheduled for Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

You must sign up for field trips on Friday evening to allow for adequate logistical planning. We will also provide directions to each site on Friday evening. 

We advise bringing a hat, sunscreen, water, snacks, and bug spray on field trips!

NOTE: Field trip locations may change due to inclement weather, so check the ANPS website and Facebook for the latest field trip locations in case of rain, as we will post alternative activities there.

EVENING PROGRAMS SCHEDULE – at the IRWP Watershed Learning Center

Friday, May 19
5:00 PMDoors to meeting room open and registration begins; silent auction setup
6:00 PMSilent Auction opens
7:00 PMEvening program begins
7:15 PMBrendan Kosnik, M.S. student in biology at Arkansas State University and 2022 ANPS Delzie Demaree Research Grant recipient, will speak on his research “Discovering the Rare Sedges of Eastern Arkansas”
8:00 PMVirginia McDaniel, Acting Forest Botanist for the Ouachita National Forest, will introduce the informative videos “Glade Restoration on the Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests” and “Shortleaf Pine-Bluestem Restoration on the Ouachita National Forest” produced by Fauna Creative with funding from the US Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy
8:15 PMMarson Nance, Director of Land Stewardship and Research, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, will speak on the topic “Restoration Ecology of Wilson Springs Preserve”
Saturday, May 20
5:30 PMDoors to meeting room open, registration continues
6:00 PMANPS Business Meeting
7:30 PMKeynote Speaker: Dr. Ray Fisher, Research Entomologist at Mississippi State University and adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas, will speak on the topic “Girdlers, Gallers, and Get-togetherers: tales of plants and arthropods”
8:30 PMSilent Auction closes

Here is a map showing the location of the meeting along with all nearby parking options:

QUESTIONS?  Visit anps.org or contact Eric Fuselier at anps.programs@gmail.com.

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