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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DSC_0875 Prescribed Burn in Progress

Fire has been used as a management tool at Watson Preserve for 30 years or more. On February 8,…
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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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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:

Events:

Bird Walk March 28 (Saturday), 8:30 am. Led by Meredith Wilson. 

Saturday, Aprill 11 , 2015  9:00am Wildflower walk with Joe Liggio.

Saturday May 23, 2015 9:00 am Wildflower Walk with Joe Liggio.

Saturday June 13, at 9:00 am.   Wildflower Walk with Joe Liggio

Saturday, June 27, 2015. David and Patricia Lewis will again lead a Mushroom Walk.  Starts at 10:00 am.

Saturday August 8, 2015  9:00 am Wildflower Walk led by Joe Liggio

 

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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