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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"Yes, I have occasionally seen others like it."
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"Great pics and  mushroom findings. Had you seen them at the preserve before?"
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Jay Chance updated their profile
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Jay Chance is now a member of Watson Preserve
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Verne Lehmberg posted photos
Nov 22, 2013
Pauline Singleton posted photos
Nov 15, 2013
Dianne Guinn is now a member of Watson Preserve
Nov 15, 2013
Pauline Singleton posted photos
Nov 9, 2013
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Nov 5, 2013
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Summer 2013

I can't believe the summer of 2013 is history.  It was an eventful summer.  In addition to events…See More
Nov 3, 2013
Sergio Henao posted an album
Oct 13, 2013
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Oct 13, 2013
Sergio Henao posted photos
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Pauline Singleton posted a blog post

Species List from David Lewis from June Mushroom Walk

 GSMS species list, Watson Rare Plant Preserve, Lake Hyatt, TXMushroom walk, June 1, 2013Amanita…See More
Oct 7, 2013
Mary Lou R. Fain updated their profile
Aug 18, 2013
Mary Lou R. Fain is now a member of Watson Preserve
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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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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

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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…

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May, 2013

Posted by Pauline Singleton on May 27, 2013 at 10:10pm 0 Comments

Our thanks to DeAndra Ramsey from the Houston Zoo for bringing a group of  college students to Watson Preserve on May 23.  Eleven young people pitched in and helped us for about 3 1/2 hours that Thursday.  They demolished and removed the old privy; they loaded up a pine tree that had earlier been cut down (it leaned over the cabin) and hauled it off site; they cut down and removed a number of Chinese tallow trees.  We were really amazed at what they got done in such a short time.  It is…

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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

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors will be Saturday, April 12, 2014. Place: 416 CR 4770, Warren, TX.  Time: 1:00 pm.

Workdays:

 

December 7, CANCELED due to weather.  There is a possibility of dangerous driving conditions and a certainty of miserable working conditions.

FOR THE YEAR 2014:

Wildflower Walk with Joe Liggio, Saturday April 12, starting at 9:30 am.  The pitcher plants should be blooming.

Wildflower Walk with Joe Liggio, Saturday May 24, 2014, starting at 9:30 am.  The beautiful grass-pink orchids should be blooming.

Wildflower Walk with Joe Liggio, Saturday June 21, 2014, starting at 9:30 am.

Mushroom Walk with David and Patricia Lewis on Saturday, June 28, 2014,  starting at 10:00 am.

Wildflower Walk Saturday July 26,  2014, starting at 9:30 am.  Chapman's orchids should be blooming.

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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