Welcome to NPSOT-Williamson County

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 – 2024 Calendar

Meetings are both in-person and virtual unless noted otherwise.
If our guest speaker has granted permission, we post the Zoom recording on our YouTube channel after the meeting date.
Our list of past meeting topics (& whether on YouTube) is here.

2024 Meeting Dates

  • January 11, 2024 – Fire Ant Management with Wizzie Brown
  • February 8, 2024 – Land Stewardship for Birds and the Importance of Native Plant Communities with Rufus Stephens and Jan Wrede
  • NEXT MEETING => March 14, 2024Water Conservation with Jessica Woods
  • April 11, 2024 – IN-PERSON ONLY, All About Seeds with Beth Erwin
  • May 9, 2024 – Archeology and Ethnobotany with Susan Reynolds
  • June – August topics to be announced
  • September 12, 2024 – Rediscovering the MoKan with Ashley Landry
  • October 10, 2024 – topic to be announced
  • November 14, 2024 – Michael Eason on native plants and conservation projects
  • December 12, 2024 – Annual holiday gathering and silent auction

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  • 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.

Questions or comments? Contact our Field Trip Committee.

  • Next Field Trip => March 17, 2024 – Spring Tree Walk at Old Settlers Park. See the announcement at this link.
  • March 2024 – Plant Sign Survey and Maintenance (limited to Field Trip Committee members)
  • April 12, 2024 – Hidden Springs Plant Survey #10 @ 9:00am
  • April 27, 2024 – Museo Benini (Marble Falls) and Chrisler Family Property @ 10:30am
  • May 18, 2024 – Critchfield Conservation Preserve in Jarrell @ 9:30am

We have a field trip every month. See our Field Trip album with some past excursions.

Native Plant Sales – Plans, When & Where

Our spring and fall native plant sales are held at locations in Williamson County. We announce the details in our Blog and on Facebook.

Our Spring 2024 Native Plant Sale will be in person, on April 6, 2024, at Champion Park Pecan Pavillion, Cedar Park. More details to be announced closer to the date.

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More Information About Our Chapter

About Us

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.

We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2022!

Chapter Officers and Board Members

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.

Current Board

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
Past Presidents

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)

Chapter Documents

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.)