Annual Meeting Information
The Oklahoma Native Plant Society is hosting its Annual Meeting at Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center near Lone Wolf, September 20-22. Once the ceremonial grounds for the Kiowa, Wichita, Apache, Caddo and Comanche Nations, this 4,284 acre park is located north of Altus on the shore of the 6,770 acre Lake Altus-Luger. This buffer zone between the western and eastern climates has a rugged beauty unique among Oklahoma landscapes and an enormous diversity of wildlife. Some of the rare and endangered species include the prairie falcon, golden eagle, bald eagle, green toad, waterfalls phlox and western live oak. In the fall there should be a wide assortment of pollinators, fall blooming flora and wildlife to enjoy one of the many hiking trails. Meeting information can be found below. Early registration has closed. Contact Joe Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) for late registration.
Tentative Schedule of Events
Friday, September 20
7:00 p.m. Check-in & "Welcome to Quartz Mountain" by QM Park Naturalist
Saturday, September 22
7:15-8:30 a.m. Bird Walk with Mark Howery (ODWC)
9:00-10:00 “The Amazing Diversity of Oklahoma Plants with Emphasis of the Southwest Quadrant” Mike Dunn, Cameron University
10:00-11:00 “Living Off the Grid” by Sue Ball, a local landowner and photographer who will showcase photos of native plants and discuss some of the plant uses, A self-described “hunter-gatherer”, this promises to be a unique insight to alternative living.
11:15-12:00 Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative Update
12:00-12:45 Box lunch. Herpetology of the Wichitas Richard Butler, Herpetolgy and Conservation Specialist
1:00-3:00 Field Trip to botanize on granite seeps and sandy loam native plant prairie led by Mark Howery and Don Skiles (NRCS)
3:00-4:00 Herp walk in box canyon with Richard Butler
4:00-6:30 Free time
6:30 Dinner, followed by annual business meeting and election of officers.
Sunday, September 22
9:00-11:00 Board Meeting, all are welcome
ONPS has a block of rooms available at the QM Lodge for $99 per night. Cabins which can sleep up to 10 are also
available, as are RV facilities. For reservations and inquiries call (580) 563-2424. Several hotels are available in Altus
which is located 17 miles south of Quartz Mountain. To guarantee your preferred lodging please book as soon as possible.
For directions to Quartz Mountain Nature Park from your location, click the interactive map below.
ONPS Silent Auction
Do you have an item you would like to donate, a service you would be willing to provide or treasures you’d like to see go to a good home? Bring them to the annual meeting for our silent auction! Let Constance Murray know what you have to contribute. email@example.com
Contact Event Coordinator:
Marilyn Stewart (405) 255-1707
Joe Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 820-6851