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.
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…Continue
GSMS species list, Watson Rare Plant Preserve, Lake Hyatt, TX
Mushroom walk, June 1, 2013
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…Continue
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…Continue