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.   

Photo of Chapman's Orchid by Pauline Singleton

Latest Activity

Judy Lehmberg posted a status
"I retired from teaching biology at Lee College in Baytown, TX. Now I'm working on a movie about Geraldine and her part in the Big Thicket NP"
Sunday
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Judy Lehmberg
"Welcome, Judy. So glad you joined our group. Nice to see you enjoyed Geraldine and her love of East…"
Sunday
Judy Lehmberg is now a member of Watson Preserve
Saturday
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for kathleen appelbaum
"It is still listed as tentative. Thank you, we can use your help.We want to try to cut some of the…"
Sep 5
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for kathleen appelbaum
"It is still listed as tentative. Thank you, we can use your help. We want to try to cut some of the…"
Sep 5
Linda Leinen left a comment for kathleen appelbaum
"Has 9/28 been confirmed as a work day? If you can use another volunteer and I can work it out,…"
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Russ Williams left a comment for kathleen appelbaum
"Thanks Kathleen. I wish I could have come for the Wildflower Walk."
Aug 5
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for kathleen appelbaum
"Thank you. September 28 is a tentative planned work day."
Aug 5
Richard peters left a comment for kathleen appelbaum
"If you need some help. Let me know what date and if I can I will be there "
Aug 4
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Richard peters
"It was nice to meet you. Hope to see you again sometime."
Aug 4
Pauline Singleton left a comment for Richard peters
"Welcome!"
Aug 4
Profile IconRichard peters and Russ Williams joined Watson Preserve
Aug 3
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Russ Williams
"Welcome Russ. You've come to the right place to find native plants."
Aug 2
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Jene’e and Dustin
"Welcome to our community. So happy to have you."
Jul 31
Jene’e and Dustin updated their profile
Jul 30
Jene’e and Dustin is now a member of Watson Preserve
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Blog Posts

Mushrooms found on the November, 2018 Mushroom Walk

Posted by Pauline Singleton on January 8, 2019 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

Watson Preserve mushroom walk, November 10, 2018 Watson Preserve mushroom walk, November 10, 2018 Agaricus pocillator Murr. Amanita "amerifulva" Tulloss nom. Prov. Amanita amerirubescens Tulloss, nom. prov. Amanita flavoconia Atkinson Amanita lavendula (Coker) Tulloss, K.W. Hughes, Rodrig. Cayc. & Kudzma Amanita persicina (Dav. T. Jenkins) Tulloss & Geml Amanita vaginata complex 2 speciesArtomyces pyxidatus (Pers.) Jülich Baeospora mysura (Fr.) Singer Calostoma cinnabarina Desv.…

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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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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, please send a check to Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, PO Box 533, Warren, TX 77664 or use the button below to use your credit card or Paypal.

If you wish to confirm our status with the IRS, our EIN is 80-0316

Events & Links

Board of Directors Meetings:

May 4, 2019. The Board will meet at approximately 1:00 pm, at the preserve or nearby depending on weather.

August 3, 2019.  The Board will meet at approximately 1:00 pm, at the preserve, in the Gallery.

Workdays: September 28, 2019 starting at 9:30 am, lasting until ?  Bring gloves and loppers.

Events

Birding Walk:  1st Saturday of every month, from 8:00am to 9:00am.  Leader:  Kathleen Appelbaum.

Wildflower Walk: Saturday April 13, 2019  Starts at 9:30 am.  Leader: Joe Liggio.  All interested people are welcome to attend. CANCELLED due to rain.

Wildflower Walk: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:30 am. Leader:  Joe Liggio. Everyone is welcome.

Wildflower Walk: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:30 am. Leader: Joe Liggio. 

Mushroom  Walk. June 22, 2019.  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 3, 2019.  Leader:  Joe Liggio.  Chapman's orchids should be blooming at that time. Start time:  9:30 am.  If you are late, just catch up with us (It's only 10 acres).

Watch this space in the 48 hours preceding the event. If anything should happen (such as illness or bad weather) 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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