Botanical Society of Washington Field Trips:

Note: The Maryland Native Plant Society is a partner of our society and offers many field trips and other events throughout the year. Registration is often required so if you want to go on a trip, make sure to sign up early.

2017 Field Trips

  • Sunday, December 17 10am - 4pm

    Celebrate the beginning of the winter season at Mattawoman Wildlands at Chapman Forest (the vast section of Chapman Forest South abutting Mattawoman Wildlands) with its spectacular scenery and remarkable diversity of native plants, wildlife, and natural communities! It has been 8 ½ years since we last visited this forest, for a jointly sponsored Summer Solstice Field Trip.

    See details here.

  • Sunday, July 9 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at TBD at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn. The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, many of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years. This is the first summer trip to this location in a number of years.

    Here is a list for Plummers Island: Plummer_Island_plant_list_2_2017.pdf

  • Saturdays, March 25 and April 15 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn. The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, many of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years.

    Here is a list of spring-blooming species for the area of the park we will be visiting:
    It's based on Dan Nicolson's list, with some additions by Alan Whittemore.
    And here is a key to the species. Alan has been updating these files for the last few years.

    Things to bring: lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, hand lens, binoculars, field guides, etc.

  • Saturday, April 1

    Time: 10 a.m

    Where: Turkey Run Park, part of the national park The George Washington Memorial Parkway
    Map of Turkey Run - showing meeting spot


2016 Field Trips


2015 Field Trips


2014 Field Trips


2013 Field Trips