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.   

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

Mike Howlett posted a status
"Really enjoyed the work day this past Saturday...it was great to clear out some of the Cyrilla, and to do some repair work on the boardwalk."
Nov 8
nat carter updated their profile
Oct 26
jane valen updated their profile
Oct 20
lrh carter updated their profile
Oct 20
Pauline Singleton left a comment for Brenda marshall
"Welcome, Brenda!"
Sep 9
Brenda marshall is now a member of Watson Preserve
Sep 9
Pauline Singleton left a comment for Nick Huckaby
"Welcome Nick.  We're glad to have you."
Aug 4
Nick Huckaby is now a member of Watson Preserve
Aug 4
Pauline Singleton left a comment for Candace McKee
"We're glad to have you!"
Jul 30
Profile IconBrian Beebe and Candace McKee joined Watson Preserve
Jul 30
Profile IconBrynne Stamatis, Tracy Ormsby and Mike Howlett joined Watson Preserve
Jul 10
Pauline Singleton left a comment for JOHNNIE R DAVIS
"Welcome!"
May 1
JOHNNIE R DAVIS is now a member of Watson Preserve
May 1
Pauline Singleton left a comment for Charlotte Waston Sanders
"Welcome!  I hope you can visit the preserve one of these days soon."
Apr 12
Charlotte Waston Sanders is now a member of Watson Preserve
Apr 12
Pauline Singleton posted a photo

Geraldine waits to welcome visitors.

Photo furnished by Sonnia Hill
Feb 22
 

Photos

Blog Posts

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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No Campaign Posters on the Preserve, Please

Posted by Pauline Singleton on April 18, 2016 at 7:54pm 0 Comments

Without the knowledge or consent of the Board of Directors of Watson Preserve, someone put some campaign posters for one of the presidential candidates on trees on Watson Preserve.

We are a 501c3 tax-exempt corporation, and therefore do not support specific candidates for office. Any political material that we find on the preserve will be removed. So please, save yourself some time and energy, and post such materials somewhere else. Please don't take it personally, but a…

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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

Sunday, July 15, 2018. 2:00 pm; IHOP Washington & I-10, Houston

Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 10:00 a.m. Place: 2405 Avenue I, Huntsville, Tx. 

Workdays: We shall have a work day December 15, 2018.  We shall be working from approximately 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Following the workday activities, at 1:30, there will be a meeting, at the preserve,  to discuss design of the new boardwalk that we hope to install to replace the old one.  Anyone who is interested may attend. 

Events:

Birding Walk:  1st Saturday of every month, from 8:00 to ??.  Leader:  Kathleen Appelbaum.

Wildflower Walk: April 21, 2018  Starts at 9:30 am.  Leader: Joe Liggio.  All interested people are welcome to attend.

Wildflower Walk: Saturday, June 2, 9:30 am. Leader:  Joe Liggio. Everyone is welcome.

Mushroom  Walk. November 10, 2018  Starts at 10:00 am.  Leaders: David and Patricia Lewis.  Any interested person is welcome.  Good opportunity to learn more about mushrooms.

Wildflower Walk:  Saturday August 4, 2018.  Leader:  Joe Liggio.  Chapman's orchids should be blooming at that time.

 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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