Hey, thanks for the Georgia Botanical Society! I didn't know about them. And they have a fern workshop Saturday which I wish I could go to, but I'm already registered for a sustainability workshop (rainwater gatehring, earth sheltered homes, and composting tiolets!). Besides, the fern thing is over a hundred miles off. I'll keep an eye out for something in the northwest part of the state, though.
I wish the native plant society was closer, but they're in Atlanta (which adds hours to a trip with the traffic). I don't think the Georgia group has branches.
I should look for groups in Chattanooga or northeast AL, too -- not far from here.
Going through the rest of your links now. Thanks again!