2021 Virtual PA Botany Symposium

Join us on Saturday, November 6, 2021!

Register here now!

The PA Botany Symposium is an event developed by people just like you — individuals who love plants and desire a hub for botanical communication in our region. Due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 PA Botany Symposium had to be cancelled. However, the Pennsylvania Botany Planning Committee did not want you to have to wait until 2022 without an opportunity to connect with fellow plant enthusiasts. Instead of the traditional in-person symposium, during 2021 PA Botany is being offered as a virtual event.

Just like our webinars, we don’t want anyone to miss the symposium due to financial constraints. PA Botany is about building community and we know that many have suffered financial hardship during the pandemic. In order to make this programming accessible to as many PA botanists and plant enthusiasts as possible, there is no set registration fee for this event. We invite you to pay what you can…and we mean anything. $0, $10, $20, $40? You name it. Questions? Contact us.

1:00–1:05WelcomeThe PA Botany Planning Committee
1:05–1:50Native Orchid Conservation Efforts at Longwood GardensPeter Zale, Ph.D., Associate Director, Plant Breeding and Collections, Longwood Gardens
1:50–2:00Transition Break
2:00–3:00Student Poster Session & Live Judging. Participants are invited to visit the PA Botany Virtual Poster Session. Support the next generation of botanists! High school through graduate school students will compete for cash prizes. Students will be available to answer questions about their work via chat. Students, get poster submission details here! Then make your submission here.
3:00–3:40Cool Finds! It has been a long time, and we know you have some great Cool Finds from 2019, 2020 and 2021! We cannot wait to share them. 
Have a submission? Use the Cool Finds Submission Form. Entries are due by October 21, 2021.
Curated and presented by Chris Firestone,
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
3:40–3:50Student Poster Awards. Join us to see who wins first and second prizes in two categories: High School/Undergrad and Grad Student.