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

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Watson's New Sign

Jim Willis stands beside the sign he designed and installed near the entrance. It includes a QR…
Nov 14
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We're Losing our Redbay Trees

I have some very bad news.   It  concerns two of our most common but easily-overlooked shrubs/small…See More
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Unknown orchid From Dayton by Judy Lehmberg anyone identify?

"It is bletilla, a non native orchid that is sold commercially."
Jul 9
 

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Blog Posts

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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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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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

Workdays:

Preparations for prescribed burn. December 10, 2016.  Start:  10:00 am.  Main objective: Weed eat along boardwalk.

Events:

Mushroom Walk:  Saturday November 19th, 2016.Starts at 10:00 am.  Leaders: David and Patricia Lewis.

Birding Tour:  Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 am.  Join avid birder and Texas Master Naturalist Kathleen Appelbaum and look for fall migrants and resident birds.  All levels of interest and experience are welcome to come.  If you arrive late, just catch up (the  Preserve is 10 acres in extent, so they can't get too far ahead of you).

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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