ANPS Virtual Spring Meeting – May 2021

All are welcome to attend!
You don’t have to be a member of ANPS to participate.


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Saturday, May 1st, 1-2pm
Benevolent Trees: Native Woody Plants in American Herbal Traditions
with Steven Foster

Join Steven Foster on a photographic journey beyond mere plant identification to explore the remarkable human experience in interacting with woody plants for material and medicinal use, as well other ways of looking at our ligneous flora in both American history and contemporary experience.

Saturday, May 8th, 1-2pm
Mosses: the Original Tree Huggers
with Karen Willard

Mosses were one of the first plants to adapt to life on land, evolving from an ancient group of green algae around 450 million years ago. These plants are small and lack true vascular tissue, yet they have been able to colonize every ecosystem   except for the ocean, living where most other plant groups can’t. In this program, Karen will explore some of the characteristics that make these plants unique, and will discuss their role in the biological community. The program will conclude with an overview of moss species common to Arkansas.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2-3pm
Here Come the Invasivores! Foraging Invasive Species To Help Our Natives
with Bo Brown

Join Bo Brown, author of Foraging the Ozarks, to learn about some of the tasty non-native and invasive plant species found in Arkansas. You’ll learn about methods of preparation, recipes, ethical collection, and ways to prevent the spread of these ecologically harmful species.

Thursday, May 13th, 1-2pm
Who’s On Top: An Overview of the Known Associations Between Plants and Fungi
with Jay Justice

In this presentation, Jay will examine various types of mycorrhizal relationships, as well as other types of fungal-plant associations, including lichens, endophytic fungi, and myco-heterotrophic plants.

Saturday, May 15th, 2-3pm
The Love Life of Ferns
with Eric Sundell

The ferns are an ancient group of plants with a dominant presence in the fossils of the Coal Age, some 350 million years ago. And they remain, with their vascular tissues that transport water, minerals, and sugars, a prominent and competitive group in today’s modern flora. But unlike almost all of the modern plants we see around us, they have no seeds and no flowers. Instead, their life cycle is characterized by spores as well as by two quite different kinds of plants, one that produces those spores (and looks like a fern) and the other, the prothallus, a kind of alter-ego that looks like an alga or maybe a moss, that produces sperm that swim about on the forest floor hunting for eggs. We’ll take a look at the details of this bizarre and intriguing life cycle. We’ll also have a quick tour of Arkansas’ most common fernly beauties.

Saturday, May 22nd, 1-2pm
Arkansas’s Grasslands: Natural History and Conservation
with Theo Witsell

Synposis: Join Theo Witsell for a webinar on the grasslands of Arkansas, their natural history, and their conservation.

May 22nd, 3-4pm
Ask the Experts! — Q&A Panel Discussion
with Theo Witsell, Jennifer Ogle, and Eric Sundell

This is your chance to ask the experts questions you have about the native plants of Arkansas. Bring your questions to the live event, or submit them in advance to


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Native Plants!

Botany Books!

ANPS T-shirts and other merchandise!

and MORE!

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Help raise money for ANPS by identifying native plants!
Gather sponsors, and spend the month of May identifying native plants.
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