The first Ohio Botanical Symposium was held in 2001 with 48 attendees. The Symposium has grown over the years and now is one of the largest botany conferences in the nation. The Symposium is hosted by the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, The Ohio State University, and The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. This year, the 16th Ohio Botanical Symposium will be a 3-hour webinar, and it is free!

We are very excited to have another fantastic lineup of guest speakers. Keynote Speaker Jennifer Ceska will discuss rare plant conservation; Jim McCormac will present on caterpillars and their host plants; Meg Hanrahan will talk about world-renown botanist E. Lucy Braun; Kellen Callinger-Yoak will discuss changes in Ohio’s blooming period in relation to climate change; and finally, Andrew Gibson will once again present the popular talk on Ohio’s best rare plant finds.

Program Highlights:

  • Keynote Address: Partners for Plant Conservation Actions
  • Best Plant Discoveries of 2019-2020
  • A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun
  • A Century of Climate Warming Results in Growing Season Extension Through Delayed Autumn Leaf Phenology in North Central North America
  • Flora and Caterpillars: The Botanical Rubber Meets the Larval Road