Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve

The Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve is a 501c (3) non-profit organization in Warren Texas, about 45 miles north of Beaumont and was created by the late Geraldine Watson, one of the activists who worked to create the Big Thicket National Preserve.  This website of the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve is open to the public for viewing.  Contents are posted by a group of volunteers at the preserve.

The Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve has many rare and endangered species of native plants, including seven species of orchids, four of the five types of carnivorous plants native to North America, and ten species of ferns.  Geraldine Watson had discovered a site that exhibited almost all of the plant communities for which the Big Thicket is famous.  She purchased it and worked to restore it to its original condition.

The preserve is open to the public at no charge and guided tours may sometimes be arranged (281-421-2469).  Read more about the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve by clicking the About tab to link to a Google document about the Preserve.   

Photo of Chapman's Orchid by Pauline Singleton

Latest Activity

Tricia Cornwall is now a member of Watson Preserve
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kathleen appelbaum posted photos
Nov 22, 2020
kathleen appelbaum posted a status
"New boardwalk is open."
Nov 22, 2020
Pauline Singleton left a comment for Alyssa Harmon
"Welcome!"
Sep 13, 2020
Alyssa Harmon is now a member of Watson Preserve
Sep 13, 2020
Greg Jackson posted photos
Aug 6, 2020
Greg Jackson is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jul 31, 2020
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Christie Rascoe
"Welcome, Christie. Enjoy your search."
Jul 10, 2020
Christie Rascoe is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jul 10, 2020
Cristina Burke is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jun 12, 2020
Misti Little is now a member of Watson Preserve
May 28, 2020
Mary Kay Manning updated their profile
May 26, 2020
Pauline Singleton left a comment for Michelle Esclovon
"Welcome!"
May 12, 2020
Michelle Esclovon is now a member of Watson Preserve
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Blog Posts

Mushrooms found on the November, 2018 Mushroom Walk

Posted by Pauline Singleton on January 8, 2019 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

Watson Preserve mushroom walk, November 10, 2018 Watson Preserve mushroom walk, November 10, 2018 Agaricus pocillator Murr. Amanita "amerifulva" Tulloss nom. Prov. Amanita amerirubescens Tulloss, nom. prov. Amanita flavoconia Atkinson Amanita lavendula (Coker) Tulloss, K.W. Hughes, Rodrig. Cayc. & Kudzma Amanita persicina (Dav. T. Jenkins) Tulloss & Geml Amanita vaginata complex 2 speciesArtomyces pyxidatus (Pers.) Jülich Baeospora mysura (Fr.) Singer Calostoma cinnabarina Desv.…

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Mushroom Species List for June 25, 2016

Posted by Pauline Singleton on October 12, 2017 at 10:11pm 0 Comments

Gulf States Mycological Society mushroom walk

Watson Rare Plant Preserve

June 25, 2016

 

Abortiporus biennis (Bull.:Fr.) Singer

Amanita bisporigera Atkinson

Boletellus ananus (Curt.) Murr.

Callistosporium luteo-olivaceum (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Singer

Cantharellus species

Cantharellus tabernensis Feibelman & Cibula

Cantharellus tenuithrix Buyck & V.…

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Dr. Jyotsna Sharma, who is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, is leading conservation research projects at Watson Native Plant Preserve since 2012. The focus of her lab’s…

Posted by Pauline Singleton on November 17, 2016 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

Dr. Jyotsna Sharma, who is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, is leading conservation research projects at Watson Native Plant Preserve since 2012. The focus of her lab’s work is on one of the rare and superbly showy orchids of Texas. Platanthera chapmanii (Chapman’s orchid) is known from only a few locations in southeastern Texas, and Watson Native Plant Preserve hosts the largest population in Texas. Her work has included:

1)   augmenting the…

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We're Losing our Redbay Trees

Posted by Pauline Singleton on August 21, 2016 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

I have some very bad news.   It  concerns two of our most common but easily-overlooked shrubs/small trees:  the redbay (Persea borbonia) and sassafras (Sassafras albidum).  They don’t directly affect people’s lives, except that sassafras is the source of the flavoring for root beer and gumbo file, and redbay is occasionally used in cooking.  They do play a role in the ecosystems of east Texas, and we may be about to receive an unpleasant lesson in the interconnectedness…

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Donations

Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve is a 501c3 charitable corporation, and donations, while never a requirement for a visit, are always welcome and are tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a donation to support the preserve, please send a check to Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, PO Box 533, Warren, TX 77664 or use the button below to use your credit card or Paypal.

If you wish to confirm our status with the IRS, our EIN is 80-0316

Events & Links

Board of Directors Meetings

Workdays

Dec. 19, 2020.  We will have a workday to prepare for the prescribed burn.  If you can help, bring lopers or heavy-duty weedeaters.  Wear masks; practice social distancing.

Events

ALL ORGANIZED EVENTS ARE CANCELED UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE.

Birding Walks begin at 9:00 am  1st Saturday of every month.  Leader:  Kathleen Appelbaum.

Wildflower walks begin at 9:30 am. Leader:  Joe Liggio or Preserve volunteers.

Wildflower Walk: Saturday April 4, 2020.

Wildflower Walk: Saturday May 16, 2020.

Wildflower Walk: Saturday June 20, 2020.

Watch this space in the 48 hours preceding the event. If anything should happen (such as illness or bad weather) to cause cancellation, we will notify you HERE. 

For more information about events, call 281-421-2469 or email pollytx1@gmail.com.

LINKS:

Big Thicket Association

Big Thicket National Preserve

Butterfly Enthusiasts of East Texas

Native Plant Society of Texas

Gulf States Mycological Society, Inc.

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