Annual Symposium

The NOC annual symposium is the highlight of the year for many native orchid enthusiasts. This four day event was initiated in 2002 in North Carolina and has been held every year since.  Other venues have included: Alberta, California, Delaware, Florida, Manitoba, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ontario, Oregon, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

A typical symposium includes two days of lectures by well-known individuals who are highly respected in their field.  An overview of the history, culture, geology and natural history of the venue is included.  In addition, research topics, travelogues, conservation reports, taxonomic changes and other related subjects add to the interesting lecture line-up.  There are also two days of field-trips to nearby sites which have been staked-out by local NOC volunteers and students.  It is normal to see between ten and twenty species of orchids.  The symposium is timed to coincide with peak bloom times so most of the plants are in flower.  Photography opportunities abound.

A most enjoyable feature of the symposium is the chance to socialize with old friends as well as the opportunity to make new ones.  Many lasting friendships and professional relationships began at an annual NOC symposium.  

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   After two postponements, the 2022 Olympic Peninsula Symposium is now in the record books. It will be remembered as one of our most successful ever. Next year promises to be even more spectacular as we visit one of the most orchid rich areas in the US - MICHIGAN !! Details will be
posted here as they become available.   

Virtual presentations conducted via Zoom were offered during the height of COVID. They 
have been suspended until further notice but previous lectures may be viewed below. 




  Taming the Wild White Bog Orchid
D. Martin & L. Hanson 11/23/2021

 Rare Orchids of the Sky Islands
Ben Rostron 1/25/2022

  Orchids of Madagascar
Rick Burian 5/25/2021

Aggregated Pollen:  Why and Why Not 
Tatyana Livshultz 6/15/2021

  Where is Newfoundland and Why Would a Botanist Go There Anyway? 
Bob Sprague 9/28/2021

Protecting Cypripedium candidum and  Platanthera leucophaea in Illinois
Cathy Bloome 10/26/2021