Ohio Event DETAILS, Grand Opening of the Center and 25th Celebration!

United Plant Savers 25th

Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation Grand Opening

September 21-22, 2019 | Rutland, OH

We can’t wait to celebrate with our members the monumental accomplishment that is the completion of the new Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation. Please join us!

Dinner included and provided by Purple Chopstix

Steven Foster will speak about the dedication of the Center to Jim and Peggy Duke, and we also have a special presentation by Rosemary Gladstar and friends.

Gate & Check-In Times: Friday 4-10 PM and Saturday 8:30-2 PM
Center is ADA Accessible, but trails are not – please contact office@unitedplantsavers.org for special needs.

Bring the whole gang for this family-friendly event!


[su_service title=”Saturday, September 21, 2019” icon=”icon: calendar-o”]2:00 PM Welcome and performance by 1000 Faces Mask Theater
2:30 PM Rosemary Gladstar and Paul Strauss

Looking Back, Moving Forward
A look into the historical beginnings of UpS ~ stories, visions and dreams that came to be ~ and what lies ahead as told by Rosemary and friends

3:15 PM Dedication Ceremony by Steven Foster

Knowledge Inspires Appreciation which Inspires Conservation
How Jim Duke Taught Us the Love of Plants in the Evolution of UpS

5:00 – 7:30 PM Evening mixer
Enjoy dinner provided by Purple Chopstix from Athens, evening storytelling by Doug Elliot, and music by Lobo Marino. We will also have tea and kombucha.[/su_service]
[su_service title=”Sunday, September 22, 2019″ icon=”icon: calendar-o”]8:00 AM Continental breakfast and coffee
9:00 AM Guided hikes (sign up for a hike at the event)[/su_service]

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More Event Information

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Athens-Meigs Area Lodging” open=”no” style=”font-size:18px;” icon=”plus” anchor=”” class=”celebrate”]Rooms Blocked at Two Athens Hotels, UpS 25th Anniversary to get blocked room:

Baymont Inn Athens
20 Home St.
Athens, OH 45701

Fairfield Inn & Suites
924 E State St
Athens, OH 45701

Other Lodging Options:

Carpenter Inn & Conference Center
39655 Carpenter-Dyesville Rd
Carpenter, Ohio 45769

Bodhi Tree Guesthouse
8950 Lavelle Rd
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 707-2050

Cabins at Morning Dew Hop Farm- Albany
$109/night 3beds 1bath

Integration Acres Farmhouse- Albany
$99/night 2bed 2bath

Sweet Peace Cabin- Pomeroy
$175/night 2bed 1bath

Cottage- Gallipolis
$187/night 2bed 1bath

A-frame Cabin- Athens
$150/night 3bed 1bath

Woodland Ridge Farm- Athens
$350/night 5bed 2bath

Private Room at Woodland Ridge- Athens
$100/night 2bed 1bath

Chicory Inn and Orchards- Wisteria
$300/night 3bed 1bath (shared)

Maple Room at Chicory Inn- Wisteria
$115/night 1bed 1bath

Dogwood Room at Chicory Inn- Wisteria
$115/night 1bed 1bath

Pine Room at Chicory Inn- Wisteria
$115/night 1bed 1bath

Private Room in House- Athens
$104/night 1bed 1.5bath

Margaret’s Landing- Athens
$190/night 4bed 2bath

3br Cottage- Athens
$265/night 4bed 1bath

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Primitive Camping Option” open=”no” style=”font-size:18px;” icon=”plus” anchor=”” class=”celebrate”]Camping details:

  • Camping spaces will be open on Friday and Saturday night
  • Camping is $10 per person whether you stay one or both nights
  • Spots are first come first serve
  • Prepare for primitive camping with porta potties — no showers / no bathrooms
  • A food truck will be on the premises, but pack food if needed
  • No RVs


[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Hiking Trips” open=”no” style=”font-size:18px;” icon=”plus” anchor=”” class=”celebrate”]Sign up for group hikes lead by Lonnie, Tanner, Chip, Betzy, Vicky and Rebecca

Lonnie Galt-Theis was born and raised in Athens Ohio, spending much of her time outdoors, she began learning about, and connecting with plants at a young age. These experiences inspired her to pursue careers in herbalism, yoga, and environmental education. She has a degree in Anthropology with a focus on the environment, sustainability, and conservation from CU Boulder. Since 2013 Lonnie has been living and working on Equinox farm, with her main role being medicine maker and business manager for Equinox Botanicals, a local herbal medicine company. Her passion for herbalism has led her to study and take classes with many teachers and in 2016 she completed the fundamentals program at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. During the summer she runs an outdoor nature and arts camp for children.

Tanner Filyaw graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography, and a minor specializing in Environmental and Plant Biology. From 2005 to 2008 Tanner worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program conducting landowner education and outreach around sustainable forestry, land stewardship, and the production of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP’s). In March of 2008, he accepted a staff position as Rural Action’s NTFP Specialist and continues to act as the organizations NTFP Program Manager. He regularly conducts workshops, presentations, and other educational programs for Ohio landowners to help them develop sustainable income strategies from forested lands. Starting in 2012, Tanner began working with United Plant Savers as a guest speaker for the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate program and then becoming a seasonal staff member with the program in 2017. In August of 2017, Tanner earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs for his research examining mycorrhizal symbiosis in wild-simulated ginseng roots, and the effect of mycorrhizal colonization on root ginsenoside concentrations. In his spare time, Tanner experiments with producing forest-grown mushrooms, maple syrup, American ginseng, and a variety of other edible and medicinal forest plants on his property.

Chip Carroll has been involved with agroforestry and non-timber forest product work for the last 20 years. He began his career working with Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program where he worked closely with producers growing medicinal herbs in their woodlands and helped to form the Roots of Appalachia Growers Association. Chip was the assistant farm manager for Frontier Natural Products’ National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs where he helped manage research projects and oversaw their internship program. He is currently the sanctuary steward for United Plant Savers 379 acre Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, OH.

Betzy Bancroft, RH(AHG) is a teacher, clinical herbalist, gardener, craftsperson and environmentalist who’s had a deep appreciation for the magic of plants since childhood. As VCIH co-director and core faculty, Betzy provides the earth element to the organization’s staff. Plants are truly her friends, and she feels ever inspired by the natural world—all its varied beings and the amazing interconnections and beauty that make up the great web of life.

Vickie Shufer is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager with a master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism. She teaches classes on edible and medicinal plants, as well as outdoor education programs. Vickie is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Foraging (Adams Media, 2011), and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994 to 2014. Vickie also has a certified, 16-acre native nursery in northeastern North Carolina where she propagates coastal native plants and forest botanicals and teaches groups how to use them for food, medicine, and crafts. http://ecoimages.us

Rebecca Wood is a long time community herbalist and wild food enthusiast rooted in the foothills of Appalachia.  She manages Hopewood Holistic Health as an herbal practitioner, energy and yoga instructor, and wellness consultant.  She has taught at Hocking College for over 20 years and has brought her love and lore of plants to the curriculum in the Natural Resources Department there in many unique ways including classes in wild foods, art and science of herbalism, permaculture and sustainable design and Study Abroad experiences to Central America.  Rebecca has been a long time member of the UpS advisory board.


We have more exciting announcements coming in 2019, including creative ways to get people connected to plants and inspire the next generation of plant savers. Please stay tuned.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors!

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A perk of becoming a sponsor includes one-year Herbal Business Membership. Being an Herbal Business Member includes a listing on our website and in our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation.

  • Seedling $250 – Includes your logo on our website and program, plus one ticket to each event. This is ideal for small herbal companies that want to support UpS in celebrating its 25th.
  • Two Prong $500 – Includes your logo on our website and program, plus two tickets to each event. This is ideal for companies or organizations that would like to share information as well as support UpS’ 25th.
  • Three Prong $3000 – This level expresses a deeper commitment of support for our outreach efforts and the growth of our membership. This sponsorship includes your logo on our website and program materials, four tickets to each event, AND provides an opportunity to collaborate on three social media posts throughout 2019.
  • Four Prong $10, 000+ We understand that our supporters are both people with limited means as well as large herbal product companies whose success relies on an abundant and reliable supply of native medicinal plants. Collaboration on social media posts and outreach. We offer this option as a way for a company or individual to make an impact relative to your capacity to give.

You can use our DONATE button to pay sponsorship fees online

or send a check by mail to United Plant Savers, PO Box 147, Rutland, OH 45775.
Please email your preferred logo to office@unitedplantsavers.org