Midwest Native Plant Society

Connecting People and Nature


This Midwest Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional naturalists, botanists, teachers, researchers, gardeners, birders, and others who share a deep appreciation for our native flora and fauna. We have no dues or fees. Our mission is to promote awareness of the importance of native plants and the wildlife that depend on them, within biologically diverse ecosystems and in our own home landscapes.

In support of our mission, we host The Midwest Native Plant Conference annually and donate funds to conservation projects and organizations that are working to preserve native plant communities. Each year during our conference, we open our vendors to the public on Saturday from 9 to 5. This is a chance to purchase a variety of native plants, trees, shrubs and artwork such as paintings, photos, and jewelry all with a nature theme by local artisans.

This year, our 6th annual conference will be held on August 1-3, 2014 at Bergamo Center in Dayton, OH. Our conference plant is the White Oak, Quercus alba, and we will have special informational booths and plants to help you support the Monarch Butterfly. Our Friday night keynote speaker is Rick Darke, author of The American Woodland Garden, and his most recent release, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden , co-written with Doug Tallamy. On Saturday, we have two keynote speakers: Elizabeth Farnsworth, botanist with the New England Wildflower Society and creator of the site Go Botany ,and Eric Eaton, co-author of the Kaufman Field Guide Insects of North America.

We offer Saturday breakout sessions, morning birding trips led by Jim McCormac and evening field trips listening for the sounds of the night and a light sheet for Moths and other nocturnal insects. Sunday we have field trips to some of the most diverse areas around, led by local experts. There is a lot to do on this 3 day weekend. Visit the 2014 Conference tab to for more information and to register!
In 2013, conference proceeds benefited the following organizations:

The Nature Conservancy's Ohio Sunshine Corridor Project, Marianist Environmental Education Center, Cedar Bog Association, ONAPA - Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association, and Beavercreek Wetlands.

About the Images on this site: Unless otherwise specified, all of the photographic images throughout this site are courtesy of Nina Harfmann at Nature Remains. Please do not reproduce or otherwise use the images without her express consent. Many more of her amazing photographs of Ohio nature can be found and purchased through her website.

Our Logo and Conference Plant artwork is courtesy of Ann Geise. Ann’s artistry showcasing the natural world is sublime. See more of her work on her website.

Registration for the 2014 Conference