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

Paul Klinger is now a member of Watson Preserve
Oct 12
Pauline Singleton posted a blog post

Mushroom Species List for June 25, 2016

Gulf States Mycological Society mushroom walkWatson Rare Plant PreserveJune 25, 2016 Abortiporus…See More
Oct 12
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Doug Wetzel
"Welcome, Doug. I am glad you joined us. Hope to see you soon."
Aug 22
Phillip Hight is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jun 19
Nancy Vincent Angell posted a status
"looking forward to mushroom hike June 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM"
Jun 12
Nancy Vincent Angell is now a member of Watson Preserve
May 30
Jim Olive is now a member of Watson Preserve
May 27
Profile IconCheryl Bean and Deana Newcomb joined Watson Preserve
Apr 29
Profile IconRandy Beehn and Sonya Dudley joined Watson Preserve
Dec 12, 2016
WesT Austin is now a member of Watson Preserve
Nov 29, 2016
Pauline Singleton posted a blog post
Nov 17, 2016
kathleen appelbaum posted a photo

Watson's New Sign

Jim Willis stands beside the sign he designed and installed near the entrance. It includes a QR…
Nov 14, 2016
kathleen appelbaum updated their profile
Nov 14, 2016
kathleen appelbaum liked Pauline Singleton's blog post We're Losing our Redbay Trees
Nov 14, 2016
kathleen appelbaum liked Lan Shen's blog post Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve in the Summer
Nov 14, 2016
 

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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

 

Workdays: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, there will be a workday.  The goal will be to prepare for the prescribed burn which we hope to carry out in January.  Starting time ~9:00 am (there will be someone there by 8:00 am and you can arrive later if you need to.  There will be a need for people with gas-powered weed-eaters and lopers.

Events:

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

Mushroom  Walk.  Nov. 18, 2017  Starts at 10:00 am.  Leaders: David and Patricia Lewis.  Any interested person is welcome.  Good opportunity to learn more about mushrooms.

Wildflower Walk to find Chapman's Orchid, July 29, 2017.  Starts at 9:30 am.  Leader: Joe Liggio.  All interested people are welcome to attend.

Birding Walk & Wildflower Tour: Saturday, May 6, 2017 starts at 8:00 am. If you can't make it that early, feel free to join us later in the morning. Everyone is welcome.

Mushroom Walk:  Saturday June 24, 2017.CANCELED due to weather related problems. 

 

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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