2018 Washington Botanical Symposium

Washington Vernal Pool
Joe Rocchio
Washington Vernal Pool

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reception to follow, 4:00 – 6:00pm

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture – NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $85
** NEW** Remote attendance: $70


Co-hosted by: University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum

Online registration will remain open until 5pm on Monday, March 19. Registrations will be accepted at the door, but we may be unable to provide lunch for those who have not registered in advance.

 Symposium Agenda (PDF – Updated 3.13.18)

Symposium Announcement (PDF)

Sponsorship opportunities available


An extensive network of professional, academic, and amateur botanists are actively engaged in the conservation, management, and study of Washington’s diverse flora.  Their expertise ranges from how best to manage biodiversity, to understanding climate change impacts on plant communities, to naming and classifying the flora’s rare, common, and invasive elements.  Invited speakers and poster presentations will share new insights and discoveries about these topics and more.  Participants from throughout Washington and adjacent areas will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues within and across disciplines.

*** NEW OPTION –  Remote attendance: This year we will be providing the opportunity to remotely attend the Washington Botanical Symposium via web conferencing. Our goal is to provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to long-distance travel and increase access to the conference for remote participants who would otherwise not be able to attend. Participants who register for remote attendance will be sent log-in instructions via email one day prior to the symposium.

Full-time student and Corps member rate available.

March 22 – Washington Natural Heritage Program 2018 Vascular Plant Review List Review: The next official update to the state rare plant list is planned for 2019. Walter Fertig, State rare plant botanist, is compiling information relevant to the review list, and will convene a meeting to revise the review list, held in conjunction with the annual Washington Botanical Symposium. More information and how to RSVP

Poster session: Attendees are invited to share recent work during the poster session for no additional charge.


Steering Committee Members

Alison Halpern, Chair Executive Secretary, Washington Noxious Weed Control Board
Clayton Antieau Senior Specialist, Environmental Review and Environmental Permitting,
Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle and Past President, Washington Native Plant Society
Wendy DesCamp Education Specialist, Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
Wendy Gibble Associate Director, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Rare Plant Care
and Conservation Program Manager (Rare Care)
David Giblin, Ph.D Collections Manager, University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum
Joe Rocchio Senior Vegetation Ecologist, Washington DNR, Natural Heritage Program
Kelli Van Norman Inventory Coordinator, Oregon/Washington BLM and Region 6 Forest Service,
Interagency Special Status/Sensitive Species Program

We want to express our appreciation to UW Sustainability, UW College of the Environment, and UW Continuum College – EGDE Program for their assistance in supporting the remote attendance option for participants.







Rebalance Environmental Consulting



Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board


Past Symposia

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