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SCNPS Symposium

November 3 @ 6:30 pm - November 7 @ 1:00 pm

SC Native Plant Society 2021 Symposium: Sustainability & Resilience

The South Carolina Native Plant Society invites you to our 2021 Symposium, hosted by the Lowcountry chapter, from November 3rd-7th!



The South Carolina Native Plant Society’s 2021 Symposium will be a hybrid event with a combination of virtual lectures and in-person activities.  This year’s theme is “Sustainability & Resilience”.  You won’t want to miss our fantastic schedule of virtual talks, outdoor in-person learning sessions, and in-person field trips!

Virtual lectures on November 3rd, 4th, and 6th are free to attend and do not require registration.

The in-person portion of this year’s Symposium will be held on November 6th and 7th in Charleston (SCDNR Outdoor Classroom, 412-418 Fort Johnson Rd, James Island, SC 29412). Participation in the in-person portion does require registration (register here), and while we are waiving the registration fee for this year’s Symposium, we do encourage donations to support the work of our organization.

We hope you’ll join us for an engaging week of virtual education sessions, our organization’s annual meeting, outdoor in-person education sessions, networking with fellow native plant enthusiasts, and field trips!


Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, November 3rd (6:30-8:00 pm), Virtual Lectures by speakers (more details):

  • Dr. Andrew Tweel, SC Department of Natural Resources
  • Kim Morganello, Clemson Extension


Thursday, November 4th (6:30-8:00 pm), Virtual Lectures by speakers (more details):

  • Keith Bowers, Biohabitats Inc.
  • Mary Conley & Colette DeGarady, The Nature Conservancy


Saturday, November 6th (10:00AM – 12:00PM): Virtual Lecture & Annual Meeting (more details)

  • Lecture by Dr. David Coyle, Clemson Extension
  • Virtual SCNPS Annual Business Meeting


Saturday, November 6th (2:30PM – 6:00 PM): In-person Events (more details)

Registration is required for in-person events (registration page)

Location: 412 Fort Johnson Rd, Charleston, SC (SCDNR’s Fort Johnson Campus, Outdoor Classroom) — MAP

  • 2:30PM – 4:30PM – In-person Outdoor Learning Sessions at Fort Johnson
    • EV Bell from SC Sea Grant and Michael Hodges from SCDNR
    • April Punsalan from Yahola Herbal School
    • Kim Morganello and Guinn Wallover from Clemson Cooperative Extension
    • Billy McCord from SCDNR
  • 4:30PM – 6:00PM – In-person Outdoor Social at Fort Johnson


Sunday, November 7th (morning): In-person Field Trips (more details)

Note: Registration is required for field trips (registration page)

  • Tour of Seabrook Island habitats at Camp St. Christopher (with Trip Leaders Lauren Boyd and Jeff Jackson)
  • Outing in Francis Marion National Forest (with Trip Leader Dr. Joel Gramling, The Citadel)
  • Tour of Charleston properties where landscape architects have incorporated native plants (with Trip Leader JR Kramer of Remark Studio)


November 3 @ 6:30 pm
November 7 @ 1:00 pm
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