Native Plants at Noon
Third Thursdays in 2024
Live on Zoom

Take a virtual hike with experts from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to view treasured native landscapes throughout Missouri. Explore the gardens of the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center with native landscape specialist, Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, outdoor education manager. This monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year across Missouri. You will learn helpful tips for your native garden and be inspired by unique natural spaces to explore throughout Missouri!

Native Plants at Noon occurs monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 12pm Central time.

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Featured Speakers


Cydney Ross

Cydney has always had a naturalist spirit, with her earliest memories hiking, camping, and gardening with her family. Her endless curiosity for wildlife, stewardship for the earth, and professional background in fine arts has led her to merge these passions to inspire others to get outdoors.


Alix Daniel

Alix Daniel is a Native Landscape Specialist at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City. In her position she combines her decade of landscaping experience with her love of nature. Her favorite flower (this year) is closed bottle gentian.

2024 Dates & Descriptions:

January 18th – Native Plants at Noon: At the Discovery Center. Subtle colors and bold textures stand out in the landscape this time of year. Take a virtual tour of the gardens at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by MDC native landscape specialist Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, outdoor program manager with Deep Roots KC, this program features the beauty and benefits of native gardens in winter as well as Winter Sowing Seed tips.  

February 15th – Native Plants at Noon: At the Discovery Center. Take in the winter beauty at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by MDC native landscape specialist Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, outdoor program manager with Deep Roots KC, this program features a calming stroll among plants of winter interest. 

March 21st – Native Plants at Noon: At the Discovery Center. Spring is stirring across the Midwest. Take a virtual tour of the native gardens at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialist Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, outdoor program manager with Deep Roots KC, this program features a live look at native plants of interest plus landscaping tips and tricks.  

April 18th – Native Plants at Noon: On the Road to Maple Woods Natural Area. This mature maple/oak forest is recognized by the National Park Service as a significant Natural Area in Gladstone, Missouri. Learn with MDC experts why it is a popular spring destination to view migrant songbirds and wildflower displays. 

May 16th – Native Plants at Noon: At the Discovery Center. Late spring and early summer blooms fill our landscape and support wildlife. Guided by MDC native landscape specialist, Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, outdoor program manager with Deep Roots KC, this program features a live look at Primrose Prairie in its third growing season. See how this garden was designed and installed, as well as challenges faced along the way. 

June 20th – Native Plants at Noon: On the Road to Missouri’s Prairies. Join natural history biologists, Krista Noel and Lisa San Diego from Missouri Department of Conservation as we take a closer look at early summer species seen at Paintbrush Prairie and Friendly Prairie Conservation Area near Cole Camp, Missouri. 

July 18th – Native Plants at Noon: On the Road to Platte County. Join Cassandra Messner from Missouri Department of Conservation for an insightful look between the life seen in a native landscape versus what we lose in a traditional turf lawn.  

August 15th – Native Plants at Noon: On the Road to James A Reed. Join fisheries biologist, Caleb Pemberton from Missouri Department of Conservation as we learn more about aquatic plants native to Missouri. This episode will emphasize backyard pond species and homeowner management.   

September 19th – Native Plants at Noon: At the Discovery Center. Fall flora features blooms of purple and gold in the landscape, but which are the best options for our pollinators and migrating Monarchs? Join native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross to see the beauty and benefits of Missouri native flora in action at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center.  

October 17th – Native Plants at Noon: On the Road to Maple Woods Natural Area. Take a second look at Gladstone’s mature maple/oak forest to see how it’s progressed since our visit in the spring. Learn from MDC experts on best practices for invasive tree and shrub removal for the fall season.  

November 21st – Native Plants at Noon: At the Discovery Center. Shift your perspective of garden beauty with native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross. In this episode they discuss the aesthetics and wildlife benefits of native gardens as we transition to winter.  

December 19th – Native Plants at Noon: At the Discovery Center. Native shrubs and trees provide crucial habitat and food sources for our winter songbirds. Take a virtual tour to see plants of seasonal interest at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center with native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross. 

 

Previously, on Native Plants at Noon…

This free series includes helpful tips on native plant identification, wildlife value, and management for your native garden as well as discovering treasured and rare conservation areas throughout Missouri.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode One
Explore native plants for winter interest and wildlife benefit.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Two
Native garden design, winter seed sowing, and some sweet dance moves.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Three
Winter “weeds” and what you should do with them.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Four
Spring blooms and garden tips with Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Five
Native Plants at Noon presents an Earth Day Celebration!

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Six
More spring blooms, three kinds of native iris, and advice on aphids.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Seven
Coneflowers galore, plus tips on enjoying nature safely in the heat.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Eight
Coneflowers and compass plants on a rainy afternoon at the Discovery Center.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Nine
“Darn Yellow Composites” and why we love them!

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Ten
Celebrating monarchs and the nectar-rich plants they love!

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Eleven
SpoOoOoOoky October–Autumn Trees and Shrubs

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Twelve
Dealing With Invasive Species and Supporting Overwintering Insects

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirteen
Using native plants for holiday and indoor arrangements.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Fourteen
Native garden design

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Native Plants at Noon – Episode Fifteen
Gardening Challenges

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Q & A

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Sixteen
Native Plants & Edibles

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Native Plants at Noon – Episode Seventeen
On the Road: Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

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Native Plants at Noon – Episode Eighteen
Tour the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center.

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Native Plants at Noon On The Road – Episode Nineteen
Berrier Conservation Area
Speaker: Andy Carmack, private lands manager

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Native Plants at Noon – Episode Twenty
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross

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Native Plants at Noon On The Road – Episode Twenty-One
Sand Prairie Conservation Area
Speaker: Angela Pierce

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Native Plants at Noon – Episode Twenty-Two
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross
Photo credit: Mary Nemecek

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Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Twenty-Three
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
Speaker: AJ Hendershott

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Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Twenty-Four
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross

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Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Twenty-Five
Bob Brown Conservation Area
Speaker: Sean Cleary

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Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Twenty-Six
Twin Pines Conservation Area
Speakers: Reva Dow, Mike Keeley, Gary Gognan

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Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Twenty-Seven
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Speakers: Cydney Ross and Pat Whalen

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Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Twenty-Eight
Bluebell Valley
Speakers: Alix Daniel, Cydney Ross and Pat Whalen

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Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Twenty-Nine
Wildcat Glade, Shoal Creek Conservation Area
Speakers: Jessie Ballard

Native Plants at Noon On the Road – Episode Thirty
Primrose Prairie Tour
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirty One
Ask me Anything! Episode 1
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirty Two
A live look at some of our Sweet Sixteen: Most Likely To Succeed plants
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirty Three
Poosey Conservation Area
Speakers: Samantha Anderson & Dillon Freiburger

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirty Four
Discovery Center Bioswales
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirty Five
On the Road to Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge
Speakers: Cydney Ross and Jim Pierson, MDC Private Land Conservationist

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirty Six
Winter Beauty in the Landscape
Speakers: Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirty Seven
Winter Seed Sowing Tips at the Discovery Center
Speaker: Cydney Ross