Annual Symposium

The NOC annual symposium is the highlight of the year for many native orchid enthusiasts. This multi-day event was initiated in 2002 in North Carolina and has been held every year since.  Other venues have included: Alberta, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, Washington 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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     20th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM  July 8-13, 2023 
We are pleased to announce that the NOC annual symposium will convene in one of the most orchid rich areas in the US - MICHIGAN'S UPPER PENINSULA! Join us as we visit an extraordinary venue, present a full slate of outstanding speakers and enjoy three full days of guided field trips with a good possibility of twenty species of blooming orchids.

Stay tuned for details.

There is a limit of 100 participants ... register now to assure that your place is reserved.


                                               VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES
Our popular series of online presentations will resume for the Fall/Winter season. Members and guests are invited to enjoy these all new lectures on the 4th Tuesday of the month starting at 8:30pm Eastern time (5:30pm Pacific time). Each presentation will last 40-50 minutes followed by a brief Q & A period. Reminder notices and speaker bios will be sent out prior to each presentation. We look forward to having you join us for these engaging talks.



January 24, 2023:              Brandon Corder   (former Case Grant recipient)
                                              Triphora: North America's Most Enigmatic Orchid Genus

February 28, 2023:            Jyotsna Sharma, PhD.   (Texas Tech University)
                                              Orchid ecology and conservation (Title TBD)

March 28, 2023:                Hong Liu, PhD.   (Florida International University)
                                             Orchid preservation (Title TBD)


                                   PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS 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

Ongoing Monographic Studies in Spiranthes
Matthew Pace 10/25/2022

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

  Investigating Mycorrhizal Fungi as Drivers of the Host Tree Specificity in Dendrophylax lindenii
Lynnaun Johnson 9/27/2022