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

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Dec 10, 2021
Pauline Singleton posted a blog post

Results of June 12, 2021 Mushroom Walk

The following species were identified:Akanthomyces aculeatus Lebert Amanita bisporigera…See More
Oct 26, 2021
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"Welcome to our group, Emma. Do you have a plant group that is special to you?"
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"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJN9mBRX3uoBest moth joke ever. RIP Norm McDonald."
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"Welcome, Stuart. Thank you for documenting the moths."
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"Welcome!"
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Stuart Marcus is now a member of Watson Preserve
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"Thank you, Kathleen."
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Blog Posts

Results of June 12, 2021 Mushroom Walk

Posted by Pauline Singleton on October 26, 2021 at 10:58pm 0 Comments

The following species were identified:

Akanthomyces aculeatus Lebert 

Amanita bisporigera Atkinson 

Amanita peckiana complex 

Amanita vaginata complex  

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

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Highlights of Minutes January 2021 Board of Directors Meeting

Posted by Pauline Singleton on February 7, 2021 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve

January 8, 2021

Highlights of Minutes

 

Present: Pauline Singleton, Chris Eldredge, Jim Willis, Joe Liggio, Linda Knowles, Kathleen Appelbaum, Charles Smith, Wanda Smith, and Mike Howlett

 Chris Eldredge suggested that we put the minutes, or at least the most important parts of minutes, on the…

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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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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

We are planning to have a workday Saturday, October 16, 2021.  Starts at 9:30.  If you get there earlier, someone will be there to help you get started.

Events

Since the threat of COVID-19 seems to be lessening, we are resuming organized activities.

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 July 31, 2021.  Leader Joe Liggio.  The rare Chapman's orchids should be blooming at this time.

 

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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