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 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.   

Maps are on www.watsonpreserve.org and link to google map of approximate GPS location of the preserve. Photo of Chapman's Orchid by Pauline Singleton

Latest Activity

Jan S. Wallace updated their profile
Oct 7, 2015
Jan S. Wallace posted a photo
Oct 7, 2015
Jan S. Wallace is now a member of Watson Preserve
Oct 7, 2015
Pauline Singleton posted a blog post

Species List for Mushroom Walk June 27, 2015

Watson Rare Native Plant PreserveMushroom WalkJune 27, 2015 Species List Agaricus silvaticus…See More
Sep 19, 2015
Meredith Wilson posted a blog post

facebook page!

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Sep 1, 2015
Meredith Wilson and Lisa Appelbaum are now friends
Sep 1, 2015
Clara Sandel is now a member of Watson Preserve
Aug 30, 2015
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Aug 8, 2015
Profile IconDzejna Valentic and Gretchen Axelson joined Watson Preserve
Jun 27, 2015
Bill Dodd is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jun 8, 2015
Lisa Appelbaum liked Pauline Singleton's photo
Apr 22, 2015
Verne Lehmberg posted photos
Apr 2, 2015
Pauline Singleton posted photos
Mar 29, 2015
Pauline Singleton posted a photo

DSC_0875 Prescribed Burn in Progress

Fire has been used as a management tool at Watson Preserve for 30 years or more. On February 8,…
Mar 29, 2015
LuEllen Lynn Cisneros is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jan 17, 2015
Mike and Jane left a comment for Pauline Singleton
"Thanks for all the great information. To answer you question on wild flowers in our San Antonio…"
Dec 19, 2014
 

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Blog Posts

Species List for Mushroom Walk June 27, 2015

Posted by Pauline Singleton on September 19, 2015 at 2:22pm 0 Comments

Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve

Mushroom Walk

June 27, 2015

 

Species List

 

Agaricus silvaticus Schaeff

Amanita bisporigera Atkinson

Amanita flavoconia Atkinson

Amanita peckiana complex

Amanita vaginata complex

Boletus oliveisporus (Murr) Murr

Cantarellus tabernensis Feibelman & Cibula

Coltricia cinnamomea (Jacq.:Pers.)…

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facebook page!

Posted by Meredith Wilson on September 1, 2015 at 10:45am 0 Comments

Hello everyone! Please visit The Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve facebook page and join the group! It's an open forum so please post pictures, comments, questions, or educational links to the page! We will try and keep it as updated as possible with walks and workdays that are coming up so that you will be notified through facebook. Spread the word as this is a great way to get people involved and exploring new areas!  Thanks!…

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Summer 2013

Posted by Pauline Singleton on November 3, 2013 at 6:34pm 0 Comments

I can't believe the summer of 2013 is history.  It was an eventful summer.  In addition to events mentioned earlier, a youth group from Triumphant Lutheran Church in San Antonio under the supervision of Youth Pastor Chris St. Clair came out on July 26 and spent several hours helping us out.  We are very grateful to them for their assistance.  We are also very grateful to the staff of the National Park Service for putting them in touch with us.

Joe Liggio again led a wildflower walk to…

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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, and would like for your donation to be tax deductible, pay by check, with the check made out to Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, and send to Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, PO Box 533, Warren, TX 77664.

If you wish to confirm our status with the IRS, our EIN is 80-0316780.

Events & Links

 

Board of Directors Meetings

Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Time:  2:00 pm.  Place:  I-HOP on Washington & I-10, Houston, Texas.

Workdays:

December 19, 2015l 
Starts at 10:00 am.  We will be cleaning up to prepare for the prescribed burn.  If you have a gas-powered weedeater, it would be a very useful tool.

Events:

Photo Walk with Lisa Richardson, photographer, and Meredith Wilson, biologist and photographer.  Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.  Meet at Tyler County Art League Gallery, 210 W. Bluff, Woodville, Texas at 9 a.m.  Meet at above address and discuss camera settings, then go to Watson RNPP for field practice.  Fee: $25.00 for members of the Art League or $30.00 for non-members of the Art League.  A portion of the fees will be donated to the preserve.  For more information, call Lisa Richardson at 409-550-5103.

 

Watch this space in the 48 hours preceding the event. If anything should happen (such as illness, or a hurricane, God forbid) 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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