This event will be a rare chance to hear presentations by the leading experts on native plants and habitat restoration in Oklahoma. All aspects of native plant production and plant restoration will be covered. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding what Oklahoma's native landscapes were before being damaged by the farming and development techniques of non-Indigenous people, and how those practices have threatened the complex ecosystems that support pollinators and the cultural traditions that support Native people.
Never worked with native plants -- or grown any plants-- before? Hear from other tribes in Oklahoma that have been actively working to restore native plants to their lands for the last three years. Find out what they wish they had known at the start, why they chose to make the commitment and how it has turned out to be more meaningful -- and fun-- than they would have ever imagined.
Bonus! This event includes two optional field trips! On October 24th, the Seneca-Cayuga Nation will host a seed collection field trip on their tribal lands near Grove, Oklahoma. On October 25th, the Euchee Butterfly Farm will host a field trip day where you can tour a hoop house to see native plants in the stratification and germination stages of production, watch seed cleaning demonstrations and learn more about the right ways to collect and store wild native plant seeds.
Be sure to indicate on your registration is you are interested in applying for available travel scholarships!
Who should attend? Tribal staff from all departments who are interested in supporting threatened pollinators and cultural traditions through the restoration of native plants back to tribal lands.
I'm a tribal member but not employed by my tribe. Am I still eligible to attend? Yes. We welcome all tribal members who are interested in helping to restore the land!
Is there any cost to register for the conference? No. Conference costs are being funded through the generous support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the College of the Muscogee Nation.
Are travel scholarships available? Yes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
College of Muscogee Nation
Student Center, Room 106
2170 Raven Circle
Okmulgee, OK 74447
A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Best Western Okmulgee for $75 per night. Please call (918) 756-9200 and ask for the MCN-TAP conference rate to book your room. Reservations must be made by October 15th to be eligible for the discounted rate.