HURRY! Online registration closes on Friday, May 22nd at 5pm. ONSITE registration will open on Wednesday, May 27 at 5 pm, but rates will be higher.
The Society is sponsoring the 2015 conference, “Born to Burn,” to be held May 28–31 in Tallahassee. The conference will be held in the Downtown Tallahassee Market area. Conference program days are at the Aloft Hotel (mostly) on Friday and the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) on Saturday, with evening venues at the Capital Building, Wakulla Springs State Park and Tall Timbers Research Station. The hotel for the conference will be the Aloft, located a few blocks from the Downtown MarketPlace and an easy walk to the CLC on Saturday. Conference field trips and workshops are Thursday and Sunday and will leave from the Aloft parking lot. Speakers and workshops will be available on Friday and Saturday. FNPS members of chapters in Northwest Florida will assist with the conference to promote the mission of FNPS.
Some events will be held at various locations on Friday, such as FSU (Transcription Blitz) and elsewhere. All events on Saturday will be at Challenger Learning Center. Conference program days are $85 for each day. Various lunch options will be available from a wide variety of vendors that will suit various dietary needs.
The conference field trips are offered in association with the Friday and Saturday program days. They are meant to provide hands-on education that enhances the lecture/program. They are offered at no additional charge with your paid program days. Some trips may have site-specific fees, which are due and payable by each participant during the trip. These include parking or park entrance fees and are listed in the field trip descriptions. Costs are listed in the field trip descriptions.
Vendors and exhibitors will have two options for tabling. The Tallahassee MarketPlace has been hosting and open market and vendors at the Chain of Parks, which is located between the Aloft Hotel and the Challenger Learning Center. So vendors may sell or exhibit in the park for a mere $30 per 10' x 10' tent on Saturday. Alternatively, traditional space is available at the Challenger Learning Center on Saturday. These indoor spaces are available for the price of conference admission.
May 28 - May 31, 2015 Place it on your calendar!
The Aloft room block is sold out. However, rooms are available at the Doubletree Hotel adjacent to the Chain of Parks and the Downtown Tallahassee MarketPlace. This is an extremely convenient location to both the Aloft Hotel and Challenger Learning Center. Rooms are $99/night plus tax and $8 for self-parking. (There is some remodeling going on in the Doubletree lobby and exterior.) To book your room, visit www.tallahassee.doubletree.com, enter the arrival and departure date and click on “Add Special Rate Codes” and enter group code “FNP” in the box. Then click on “check rooms and rates.” Continue to make room reservation and follow the directions. Reservations can also be made by calling the toll free reservation line at (800) 222-8733 and mentioning the group name “FL Native Plant Society.” The reservation cut-off date is May 15, 2015, so please book your rooms by then.
2016 at Daytona Beach is also in early planning stages.
May 19-21, 2016. Daytona Beach Resort. Sponsored by the Paw Paw Chapter.