Gulf States Mycological Society

Watson Rare Plant Preserve

Mushroom Walk

Warren, TX

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, 527 County Road 4777, Warren TX 77664, near Beaumont, offers a sampling of the diversity of the area.  The Preserve was established in the 1980’s by Geraldine Watson, a noted artist, botanist and author. She managed the preserve by using fire to restore its Longleaf pine ecosystem.  Orchids, pitcher plants and other rare plants can be found there. There is an elevated boardwalk near the lake to make wetter habitats easily accessible. 


We will meet at the Preserve at 10:00 AM to collect, identify, and discuss mushrooms/fungi, and observe native plants and trees.  Bring collecting gear, water, bug spray, rain gear if rainy.  You may want to bring a sack lunch and drink, as we will plan lunch for noon.  We will provide tables, but if you want a chair, please bring your own. There is a port-a-potty near the Gallery (see below).

The Watson Preserve is located in Lake Hyatt Estates off US Hwy 69, 16 miles north of Kountze or 4 miles south of Warren.   Look for very large brick markers reading “Lake Hyatt Estates”  on both sides of County Road 4770 (This CR is also next to several large  metal buildings on the east side of the Highway that are East Texas Paint & Body shop.) Go east on CR 4770, for 1.2 miles (you will cross a dam with the lake on your left) to a fork in road. A “Watson Preserve” sign is on the street sign with an arrow pointing to the left.  Turn left there on CR 4777, go .2 miles to the Preserve on left.  You will see a grey building with “Gallery” across it and a Preserve sign.  You may park at the Gallery or along the road. For additional information you may contact David & Patricia Lewis, 409-423-3776, dandplewis(@)

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