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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Minutes from November BOD meeting

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"Hi Frank, Nice to know you are still around. Kathleen"
Nov 19
Frank Ragsdale is now a member of Watson Preserve
Nov 18
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"I was happy to meet you too, Zach. I am enjoying your photos of our area on Facebook."
Nov 16
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"Welcome, Robert Parker! I hope to see you at the preserve. I live close also."
Nov 6
Robert Parker is now a member of Watson Preserve
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"Thanks ,Kathleen. I enjoyed meeting you and Lisa. I appreciate the tour and the shared knowledge. I…"
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"Welcome, Alexander. Hope to hear more about you and your projects."
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"Welcome Zach! Good to meet you at the preserve. I enjoyed walking around with you. I'm so glad…"
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"Welcome Kim, We are taking a summer break from planned volunteer events. We hope to resume in…"
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Minutes from November BOD meeting

Posted by kathleen appelbaum on November 30, 2022 at 9:51am 0 Comments

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

of the

Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve

November 18, 2022

Internet Meeting via Zoom.com

1:10 pm


Highlights of the minutes
Members present: Pauline Singleton, Kathleen Appelbaum,…
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In Memory of Kris Petterson

Posted by kathleen appelbaum on February 22, 2022 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In the photo taken July 17, 2021, Kris was checking on the orchid seeds she had planted in Fall. The mosquitoes were very bad and she went to Walmart and bought a yard of tulle to wrap around her face.This young lady was very bright and full of curiosity about the natural world. Sadly she died way too soon on October 15, 2021.

Kris came to Watson Preserve to learn more about Orchid fungal and bacterial diversity. She was working in Dr Jyotsna Sharma's lab at Texas Tech University. She…

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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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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 80-0316780

Events & Links

Board of Directors Meetings

Via Zoom 2nd Friday each month.

Next meeting is  January 13th at 1:00 pm 

Workdays

Next workday is November 19th 9:00am.CANCELLED

Next workday is December 3rd at 9:00am

Events

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

Watch this space in the 48 hours preceding the event. If anything should happen to cause cancellation, we will notify you here. 

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

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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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