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

Pauline Singleton posted photos
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Pauline Singleton posted an album
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Le'Anne Alexander is now a member of Watson Preserve
6 hours ago
Christopher Eldredge updated their profile
Profile IconDavid P. Lewis and Dee Howell joined Watson Preserve
Sep 16
Micheal Meland is now a member of Watson Preserve
Sep 6
Pauline Singleton posted a blog post

Species List for Mushroom Walk Held June 28, 2014

 From David and Patricia LewisWatson Preserve Mushroom Walk, June 28, 2014Agaricus auricolor…See More
Sep 3
Wesley Harrison posted photos
Sep 3
Meredith Wilson and Wesley Harrison are now friends
Sep 3
Wesley Harrison posted photos
Sep 2
Wesley Harrison is now a member of Watson Preserve
Sep 2
Bob Barry is now a member of Watson Preserve
Aug 23
Noreen Hoard liked Pauline Singleton's photo
Aug 19
Donna Renee Smith posted a status
"Today was the first day to visit the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, it is so beautiful there!"
Aug 3
Donna Renee Smith is now a member of Watson Preserve
Aug 3
Lisa Appelbaum is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jul 30


Blog Posts

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…


Species List from David Lewis from June Mushroom Walk

Posted by Pauline Singleton on October 7, 2013 at 8:47pm 0 Comments


GSMS species list, Watson Rare Plant Preserve, Lake Hyatt, TX

Mushroom walk, June 1, 2013

Amanita bisporigera…


Mushroom Hunt

Posted by Pauline Singleton on June 4, 2013 at 10:26pm 0 Comments

Twenty-something people gathered at Watson Preserve on June 1 to brave the heat and search for mushrooms.  All levels of skill were represented, from beginners to experienced mycologists.  David and Pat Lewis did a great job of leading the activities.  We hope they will do it again  There is no better way to learn more about fungi than to go into the field with an expert.  I have posted a few photos and will try to add a few more as I get time.  If David gives me a list of species found, I…





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

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors will be Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm in Houston, TX at the I-HOP on I-10 at Washington Blvd


September 12, 2014 (Notice this is a Friday.)  Starts at 8:00 am.   We'll wrap it up about noon.  You may participate for all or a part of this 4-hour time period--whatever works for you.   We know it is going to be hot!  If you have questions, contact Jim  at 409-201-7506.  

September 20, 2014.  BTA volunteer workday on Jack Gore Baygall's Old Wagon Road Trail.  Note:  This in NOT at Watson Preserve--it is in the Big Thicket National Preserve.  It was a place dear to Geraldine Watson's heart.  For more information, see p. 5 of the most recent issue of the Big Thicket Reporter:


Or contact Maxine Johnston: maxine@mxjohnston.com


October 5, 2014 (Note this is a Sunday).  10:00 am. Michael Eckenfels will lead a tour and talk to us on this topic:  Native Bees "The Bees You Never Hear About."  We shall also be looking at fall wildflowers.


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.


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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