Arkansas Native Plant Society
2016 Fall Meeting
Rich Mountain Community College
(look for the ANPS sign!)
Everybody is welcome to attend! Meeting registration is only $5 with no pre-registration required. Registration will begin at 5:00PM on Friday, September 23.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sun Country Inn ($84.95 + tax per night). All rooms reserved under “Arkansas Native Plant Society”. Twenty-five rooms (15 double queens and 10 kings) have been reserved at the reduced rate of $84.55 plus tax per night. Reservations must be received by August 23, 2016 to guarantee the reduced rate. Be sure to mention that you are with the Arkansas Native Plant Society when making your reservation.
UPDATE: As of August 29, 2016, Sun Country Inn is fully booked. An alternative is Rainey Day Resort in Mena. Click here for more info about Rainey Day Resort.
Some driving directions to help you get to the hotel in Mena and from the hotel to the meeting location:
- Directions from Sun Country Inn to Rich Mountain Community College can be found here.
- Driving directions from Hot Springs to the hotel can be found here.
- Driving directions from Russellville to the hotel can be found here.
- Driving directions from Little Rock to the hotel can be found here.
- Driving directions from Fayetteville to the hotel can be found here.
Field trips: Several field trips to local areas of top botanical interest will be scheduled for Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00PM and Sunday 8:00AM-12:00PM. We will offer something for everybody, whether you want to take it slow and easy or something more vigorous. You must sign up for field trips on Friday evening to allow for adequate logistical planning.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park on Rich Mountain
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area south of Mena
Ouachita National Forest in the vicinity of Mena
Some field trips will be repeated on Sunday morning to accommodate those who could not work them into their schedule for Saturday.
The annual native plant auction on Friday night is an event not to be missed. It starts at 7:00PM and continues until the plants are gone! It’s not too early to be thinking about and preparing the plants you want to contribute to the auction.
There will also be an opportunity Saturday afternoon to stay cool inside and watch Catherine Zimmerman’s Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home featuring Doug Tallamy and many others dedicated to creating native landscapes across the country.
Dining Options: Potluck meal Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring a dish or just come and eat! There are also many dining options in downtown Mena: Stache’s Cookery (tasty), Branding Iron, American Artisans (awesome lunch!), Chopping Block Steak House, and Skyline Cafe (breakfast is early and delicious!).
We have two incredible speakers on tap for Saturday evening.
The first at 7:00PM is Dr. Travis Marsico – Associate Professor and curator of the Arkansas State University Herbarium. He will give a presentation on the digitization of Arkansas herbaria and how ANPS members can help.
Next at 7:45 PM is Dr. Dwayne Estes – Associate Professor at Austin Peay State University, curator of APSU Herbarium, and Botanical Explorer with Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). He will speak on the fascinating similarities between the vegetation in the Ouachita Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee.