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

Andrea Summy is now a member of Watson Preserve
mimi_maw is now a member of Watson Preserve
Aug 31
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Kim Chatman
"Welcome Kim, We are taking a summer break from planned volunteer events. We hope to resume in…"
Jul 30
Kim Chatman is now a member of Watson Preserve
Jul 29
Sean Fitzgerald updated their profile
May 4
Profile IconSean Fitzgerald and Lori Horne joined Watson Preserve
May 3
Gail Evans is now a member of Watson Preserve
Apr 19
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Roma Norwine
"Welcome, Roma! So glad you enjoyed your tour of the preserve. Your aunt is an excellent guide. Hope…"
Mar 15
kathleen appelbaum commented on Jennifer Lane's status
"Hi Jennifer, They are tiny and hard to find unless they are blooming. There are usually many near…"
Mar 15
Roma Norwine is now a member of Watson Preserve
Mar 14
Jennifer Lane posted a status
"Hi, we are here now. Beautiful!! Still looking for Pings…any hints?"
Mar 9
Bee A. Harris left a comment for kathleen appelbaum
"Tnx so much.  Sounds like an awesome place to learn about Tx natives and help."
Mar 3
kathleen appelbaum left a comment for Bee A. Harris
"Welcome Bee! You've come to the right place. We have lots of native plants and people who love…"
Mar 3
Bee A. Harris updated their profile
Mar 2
Bee A. Harris is now a member of Watson Preserve
Mar 2
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Blog Posts

In Memory of Kris Petterson

Posted by kathleen appelbaum on February 22, 2022 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In the photo taken July 17, 2021, Kris was checking on the orchid seeds she had planted in Fall. The mosquitoes were very bad and she went to Walmart and bought a yard of tulle to wrap around her face.This young lady was very bright and full of curiosity about the natural world. Sadly she died way too soon on October 15, 2021.

Kris came to Watson Preserve to learn more about Orchid fungal and bacterial diversity. She was working in Dr Jyotsna Sharma's lab at Texas Tech University. She…


Results of June 12, 2021 Mushroom Walk

Posted by Pauline Singleton on October 26, 2021 at 10:58pm 0 Comments

The following species were identified:

Akanthomyces aculeatus Lebert 

Amanita bisporigera Atkinson 

Amanita peckiana complex 

Amanita vaginata complex  

Callistosporium luteo-olivaceum (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Singer …


Highlights of Minutes January 2021 Board of Directors Meeting

Posted by Pauline Singleton on February 7, 2021 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve

January 8, 2021

Highlights of Minutes


Present: Pauline Singleton, Chris Eldredge, Jim Willis, Joe Liggio, Linda Knowles, Kathleen Appelbaum, Charles Smith, Wanda Smith, and Mike Howlett

 Chris Eldredge suggested that we put the minutes, or at least the most important parts of minutes, on the…


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.…



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

Via Zoom 2nd Friday each month.

Next meeting is September 9 at 1:00 pm 


Next workday is September 17th 9:00am.


Since the threat of COVID-19 seems to be lessening, we are resuming organized activities.

Wildflower walks begin at 9:30 am. Leader:  Joe Liggio or Preserve volunteers. 

Coming soon:

Wildflower Walk:  TBA  Leader:  Joe Liggio.

Watch this space in the 48 hours preceding the event. If anything should happen (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.


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