We are the Williamson County Chapter (NPSOT-Wilco) of the Native Plant Society of Texas, a 501(c)(3) organization. Our numerous activities provide nature education, outdoor recreation, and projects that help restore and beautify public and private landscapes in Williamson County, Texas. Our meetings and events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Monthly chapter meetings feature phenomenal guest speakers (the 2nd Thursday of each month — 7:00 to 8:30pm — Zoom & in-person). Our monthly field trips might be local in Williamson County, elsewhere in Central Texas, or adventures farther afield. In the spring and fall we hold native plant sales, working with local growers to ensure our inventory is suitable to the area.
We post announcements about our events & activities in our Blog and on Facebook.
Chapter Meetings & Speakers– 2023 Calendar
Meetings are both in-person and virtual unless noted otherwise. If you attend in-person, you are giving consent to be videoed for Zoom and YouTube.
2023 Meeting Dates
January 12, 2023 – Bicycling with Butterflies with Sara Dykman (on YouTube*)
February 9, 2023 – Native Host Plants for Texas Moths with Lynne & Jim Weber (on YouTube*)
March 9, 2023 – Identification and Reporting of Invasive Pests in Texas Landscapes with Ashley Morgan-Olvera (on YouTube*)
April 13, 2023 – Cacti of Texas with Brian Loflin (on YouTube*)
May 11, 2023 – Medicinal Applications of Native Plants by Native Americans with Ricky Linex (on YouTube*)
June 8, 2023 – Living Soil: The World Beneath Our Feet with Jim Williams(on YouTube*)
July 13, 2023 – Annual Chapter Meeting, speaker topic “Hot Stuff” (on YouTube*)
August 10, 2023 – Native Orchids with Adam Black (on YouTube soon)
September 14, 2023 – Seed Saving for Native Plants with Colleen Dieter
NEXT MEETING => October 12, 2023 – Native Plant Rescue Project with Ashley Landry (@ Georgetown Parks & Rec Administration Building)
November 9, 2023 – Academic Science (Botany) vs. Citizen Science with Bill Carr (@ Round Rock Library)
December 14, 2023 – Annual holiday gathering and silent auction
Meetings are 7:00 to 8:30 PM, via Zoom and in-person. A short business meeting is followed by a guest speaker presentation. Come early (6:30 pm) for expert advice, plant identification “clinic” help and to check out the seed swap board.
In-person, we normally meet at the Georgetown Public Library (2nd floor), 402 West 8th St, Georgetown, TX, 78626. If we are at a different location that month, it’s announced in our Blog, on Facebook and at chapter meetings.
Preregister to attend via Zoom.
The registration button/link for any given meeting will be found in that meeting’s blog post announcement, typically published 3 weeks before the meeting date. Zoom’s confirmation email will give you instructions to join the meeting via the internet or to call in via a phone.
If permission was granted to us by the speaker, we post a recording on our YouTube channel.
Field Trips – What’s Next, What’s Later
Please check this page before heading out to a field trip. Details for planned trips are announced here and in our Blog (close to the trip date). We’ll post any updates or scheduling changes here.
Our field trips are open to the public. Reservations are not required unless noted in the blog post announcement. You will be asked to sign a state NPSOT waiver for participation. Come dressed appropriately for the weather and terrain, and bring your own water, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, and walking stick.
Below: Berry Springs Park & Preserve, Georgetown, Texas
More Information About Our Chapter
The Williamson County Chapter was founded in May 1997, and ever since — with the great support of our members and volunteers — we have been promoting research, conservation, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example.
Please contact us to reach any current board member, or for questions about any position or committee. The current board serves from September 1, 2022 through August 30, 2023.
Officers, Elected Board Positions
President – Nancy Copperman
Vice President – Gary Bowers
Secretary – Anne Adams
Treasurer – Mark Stoetzer
Director 1 – Tyson Bartlett
Director 2 – Christie Gardner
Past President – Beth Erwin
Appointed Board Positions
Education – open
Field Trips – Kathy Galloway
Membership – Nancy Kunschik
Plant Rescues – Ashley Landry
Plant Sales – Beth Erwin, Randy Pensabene
Programs – Susie Hickman
Projects – Nancy Pumphrey
Social Media – Diana Wilson
Web – Pat Donica
The Williamson County Chapter was founded in May 1997. Except for the first year, term dates start September 1. Thank you to all past presidents, and all our other wonderful volunteers and chapter members!
2023-2024 – Nancy Copperman (current president)
2022-2023 – Beth Erwin
2021-2022 – Beth Erwin
2020-2021 – Randy Pensabene
2019-2020 – Randy Pensabene
2018-2019 – Gary Bowers
2017-2018 – Gary Bowers
2016-2017 – Walt Henderson
2015-2016 – Walt Henderson
2014-2015 – Cindy Stone
2013-2014 – Kathy Henderson
2012-2013 – Kathy Galloway
2011-2012 – Dennis Perz
2010-2011 – Dennis Perz
2009-2010 – Janet Church
2008-2009 – Janet Church
2007-2008 – Agnes Plutino
2006-2007 – Phyllis Dolich
2005-2006 – Billye Adams
2004-2005 – Dale McQuinn
2003-2004 – Marilyn Perz
2002-2003 – Dar Richardson
2001-2002 – Brian Hetherington
2000-2001 – Sue Wiseman
1999-2000 – Diane Sherrill
1998-1999 – Agnes Plutino
1997-1998 – Armand Hufault (founding president)
Click the links below to find these chapter documents in our Dropbox. (You don’t need a Dropbox account to view or download, though Dropbox will encourage you to create an account and/or to login.)