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Calendar for -- November 2014

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  • Pinellas ChapterFlorida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    Pinellas Chapter

    Florida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    9:00 am

    Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg

    Pam Leasure, of Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources, needs volunteers to help perform biometric monitoring of two populations of the endangered plant Florida goldenaster,Chrysopsis floridana.

    Volunteers will be recording the following data for each number-tagged plant:

    1. Survival status (dead or alive),
    2. Stage (new seedling or adult), (reproductive or not)
    3. Measurements (height and width of each plant)

    Weedon Island Preserve
    1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702

    • Saturday, November 1st – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Tuesday, November 4th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    McKay Creek Greenway
    (Near County Extension, not publicly accessible)

    • Saturday, November 8th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Thursday, November 13th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    These will be “all day” workdays but can certainly accommodate folks who can only work partial days. Everyone staying for the entire day will need to bring their lunch.

    To volunteer, please contact Pam Leasure at (727) 453-6505 or pleasure@pinellascounty.org.

  • CupletFern Chapter2014 Seminole County Gardening EXPO

    CupletFern Chapter

    2014 Seminole County Gardening EXPO

    9:30 am

    Seminole County Extension Service Office on County Home Road in Sanford.

    The 2014 Seminole County Gardening EXPO is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Seminole County. They are particularly excited about this year's event as it marks the fifth anniversary of EXPO. This year EXPO will feature:
    * Well-known speakers, Tom MacCubbin and Robert Bowden, in our Auditorium.
    * Brief, but continuous, ''How To'' Clinics featuring vendor specialists.
    * A conversion of our popular vegetable demonstration garden to organic grown vegetables.
    * A wide variety of exhibit booths including commercial and non-profit exhibitors.
    * Food vendors and a picnic area.
     

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  • Hernando ChapterNative Plant Crafting

    Hernando Chapter

    Native Plant Crafting

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville FL 34601

    Guest demonstrators from Dade Battlefield Historic State Park will join us to present a hands-on crafting workshop. We will learn to make Cherokee leaf prints, pine cone flowers, and recycled paper with a native plant touch. These local plant crafters will teach us at different stations how to look at plants in whole new light. Join us for some crafting fun! You bring your creativity; we'll supply all the materials that you'll need.

    Go to www.hcfnps.org for a map and additional information. Write to hcfnps@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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  • Pinellas ChapterFlorida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    Pinellas Chapter

    Florida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    9:00 am

    Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg

    Pam Leasure, of Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources, needs volunteers to help perform biometric monitoring of two populations of the endangered plant Florida goldenaster,Chrysopsis floridana.

    Volunteers will be recording the following data for each number-tagged plant:

    1. Survival status (dead or alive),
    2. Stage (new seedling or adult), (reproductive or not)
    3. Measurements (height and width of each plant)

    Weedon Island Preserve
    1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702

    • Saturday, November 1st – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Tuesday, November 4th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    McKay Creek Greenway
    (Near County Extension, not publicly accessible)

    • Saturday, November 8th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Thursday, November 13th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    These will be “all day” workdays but can certainly accommodate folks who can only work partial days. Everyone staying for the entire day will need to bring their lunch.

    To volunteer, please contact Pam Leasure at (727) 453-6505 or pleasure@pinellascounty.org.

  • Naples ChapterPresentation - Rare Keys Plants and Their Conservation

    Naples Chapter

    Presentation - Rare Keys Plants and Their Conservation

    6:30 pm

    Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL, 34112)

    Meeting place: Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center, Buehler Auditorium

    Please join us at our November meeting to learn all about conservation of rare plants of the Florida Keys from Janice Duquesnel, Florida State Parks biologist. Arrive at 6:30pm to enjoy mingling and refreshments. The presentation begins at 7:00pm. The evening concludes with a native plant raffle!

  • Cocoplum ChapterCreating Habitat for Birds and Wildlife in Your Treasure Coast Backyard

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Creating Habitat for Birds and Wildlife in Your Treasure Coast Backyard

    7:00 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, Jensen Beach, FL

    Greg Braun, ecologist, has long experience with the birds of our area and will help us determine which shrubs, trees or ground covers would be good landscaping material for attracting birds and other wildlife to our yards.

    A graduate of Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Oceanography, Greg works with a variety of threatened and endangered animals and plants, including Florida Scrub-jays, manatees, gopher tortoises, Johnson’s seagrass, and a variety of beach and dune species.

    Greg’s Jupiter, FL-based company provides ecological consulting services to governmental agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations and private property owners. He serves on several boards and committees, including our chapter, the Martin County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

  • NatureCoast ChapterNovember Chapter Meeting / Florida Bugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    NatureCoast Chapter

    November Chapter Meeting / Florida Bugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    7:00 pm

    Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd (US 41), Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

    Speaker:  James Moll

    Program: Florida Bugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

               

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the old expression “the only good bug is a dead bug” is far from the truth!  Many insects are beneficial and essential to the environment. Learn to tell the difference between friend and foe.

     

    Bio:     Jim Moll was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee). His life-long interest in horticulture began at an early age. Jim received his Bachelors’ of Science degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. In 1989, he moved to the island of Kauai and interned at the National Tropical Botanical Garden. After the internship ended, he took a job at a local nursery on the island and continued to learn about tropical horticulture.

                Jim has worked at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College and Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales Florida. For 13 years, he served as Urban Horticulture Extension Agent for Hernando County. Jim now serves the residents of Pasco County as the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator by answering gardening questions, and teaching Florida-Friendly gardening classes and putting on rain barrel workshops.

                When Jim is not working, he enjoys cooking especially Thai food and listening to a good jazz record.

     

  • Tarflower ChapterNovember program: "Urban Tree Care" presented by Don Spence

    Tarflower Chapter

    November program: "Urban Tree Care" presented by Don Spence

    7:00 pm

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Don Spence will speak on how to select the right native tree for a variety of typical urban situations and will discuss some of the results of improper tree selection and placement. Come and learn how to use many beautiful Florida trees and shrubs to enhance your landscape. In addition to information on tree selection, Don will focus on how to keep trees healthy through the seasons. 

    Don Spence is a Certified Municipal Arborist and owner of Native Florida Landscapes. He has a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Florida and has been an active member of FNPS since 1995.

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  • SweetBay ChapterWork Day at Bird and Wildflower Garden

    SweetBay Chapter

    Work Day at Bird and Wildflower Garden

    9:00 am

    Science and Discovery Center

    Mark your calendars for the work day at the SDC, our meeting place.  This is not a large area we'll be working in but we could use your ideas on how to plan it so it can look good and attract wildlife.  Bring gardening tools. The side entrance should be open - the one on Jenks Ave. 

  • Pinellas ChapterHow Big is Your Carbon Footprint?
    Nov. Member Meeting & Potluck

    Pinellas Chapter

    How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?
    Nov. Member Meeting & Potluck

    6:30 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, FL

    How big is your carbon footprint?
    How big is your carbon footprint? Christopher McVoy, Ph.D., a world-renowned Ecohydrologist, Everglades expert, author, official will be the featured speaker at our Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. ?Learn more about “low emission lifestyles” and the difference individuals and communities can make in reducing their carbon footprint and mitigating climate change.

    This meeting mixes business and pleasure. It’s time once again to elect new officers and board of directors, and acknowledge the special contributions of some of our members. Bring a dish to share, finger food, side dishes, casseroles, or desserts (turkey will be provided). Come and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends as we share good food and good company. If you want to be eco-friendly, feel free to bring your own plate, bowl & silverware as well as a bag to carry them home in. This will help reduce the amount of disposables used.

    Dr. McVoy is the principal author of Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades. He currently serves as the Lead Environmental Scientist for South Florida Engineering and Consulting, LLC and is in his second elected term as a Lake Worth City Commissioner.

    This meeting is free and open to the public. Come and bring a friend -- and something yummy to share!

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  • SweetBay ChapterMeeting and Presentation

    SweetBay Chapter

    Meeting and Presentation

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Join Tom Greene, a regional botanist, as he discusses the native plants he studies in Point Washington State Forest in Walton County

  • Magnolia ChapterJim Stevenson - Wakulla Springs

    Magnolia Chapter

    Jim Stevenson - Wakulla Springs

    7:00 pm

    Room 1024, King Bldg., FSU campus

    Jim Stevenson will be making a presentation about Wakulla Springs and will also bring copies of his recently published book for purchase and autographs.

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  • LongleafPine ChapterSpecial commemorative event at UWFP

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Special commemorative event at UWFP

    8:30 am

    Pensacola, University of West Florida main campus

    The Michael I. Cousens Herbarium (UWFP) of the University of West Florida is observing the 40th anniversary of its establishment (Oct 30, 1974) with a daylong open-house celebration at the herbarium (Building 58, Room 120) from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  Free botanical refreshments.  Free plant identifications.  Free botanical handouts.  Botanical DVDs showing all day (including the fascinating story of Banks's Florilegium).  Special display on Carnivorous Plants of the Pensacola Region.  Static educational displays on herbarium history and activities.  James R. Burkhalter, Curator, says:  "Come to our herbarium; have a good time and learn something about native plants."  All FNPS members are cordially invited to attend.

  • Council ChapterFlorida Native Gardening 101 Project

    Council Chapter

    Florida Native Gardening 101 Project

    7:00 pm

    AnyMeeting Conference Call

    Proposed agenda for Nov 15 Board & Council meetings at Disney Wilderness Preserve. Getting up to date on where the project is currently and what's next.

    If you are on this committee, you received an instructional email invitation on Wednesday, Nov 5, from Richard Brownscombe and you will get another shortly before the conference call on Thursday evening. If you would like to join this meeting, but are not a committee member, just email Richard@Brownscombe.net well before the meeting.

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  • Ixia ChapterNative Park Workday

    Ixia Chapter

    Native Park Workday

    8:30 am

    Native Park

    Native Park was established in 1923 by the Avondale Garden Circle for "plant life study" and was adopted by our Ixia Chapter In January, 2010 under the City's Friends of the Park program. That designation gives the Chapter a role in the planning, development and care-taking of Native Park.  Also, a wonderful way to learn what will grow in your yard.

    Please join us from 8:30-11:30, and provide some TLC for our beautiful Native Park.

    As a bonus, Jake Ingram will conduct a short workshop at about 11:30, to share tips and information for growing healthy and attractive plants for our native plant sale on April 25th at Native Park. The sale will be in collaboration with the Riverside Avondale Preservation Annual Home Tour. Proceeds will be spent to purchase additional plants for the Park. 

    Native Park is located at 3312 Park Street in the Riverside Avondale area.

    Extra tools will be available if you don't have them.

    Please contact Sally Steinauer if you plan to be there or need directions. E-mail works best- sallysteinauer@bellsouth.net. Phone is 388-4392.  Leave a message if no answer.

  • Cocoplum ChapterTour 3 Yards' Wildlife Attracting Landscapes

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Tour 3 Yards' Wildlife Attracting Landscapes

    8:45 am

    meet at Zeus Park, Hobe Sound

    Greg Braun has arranged a morning of visits to see the plants and landscapes that are favored by the Treasure Coast's wildlife. Meet up at Zeus Park(near the tennis courts, just off Rt 1 at Olympus Ave) for car pooling to three area yards chosen specifically for their illustrative value.

  • Tarflower ChapterMead Garden's Fall Plant Sale

    Tarflower Chapter

    Mead Garden's Fall Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden

    Volunteers are needed to help set up, tear down and sell plants! Contact Catherine Bowman (garberia08@gmail.com) if you would like to help. 

  • Pinellas ChapterFlorida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    Pinellas Chapter

    Florida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    9:00 am

    McKay Creek Greenway, Largo

    Pam Leasure, of Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources, needs volunteers to help perform biometric monitoring of two populations of the endangered plant Florida goldenaster,Chrysopsis floridana.

    Volunteers will be recording the following data for each number-tagged plant:

    1. Survival status (dead or alive),
    2. Stage (new seedling or adult), (reproductive or not)
    3. Measurements (height and width of each plant)

    Weedon Island Preserve
    1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702

    • Saturday, November 1st – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Tuesday, November 4th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    McKay Creek Greenway
    (Near County Extension, not publicly accessible)

    • Saturday, November 8th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Thursday, November 13th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    These will be “all day” workdays but can certainly accommodate folks who can only work partial days. Everyone staying for the entire day will need to bring their lunch.

    To volunteer, please contact Pam Leasure at (727) 453-6505 or pleasure@pinellascounty.org.

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip led by Jim Stevenson

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip led by Jim Stevenson

    9:00 am

    Wakulla Springs

    Jim Stevenson will lead a field trip to Wakulla Springs

  • SweetBay ChapterField Trip to Wet Prairie Sites

    SweetBay Chapter

    Field Trip to Wet Prairie Sites

    9:00 am

    Pine Log State Forest

    Meet Tom Greene at Pine Log State Forest at 9 am at the Environmental Road/hwy 79 intersection for a field trip in the wet prairie sites

    Contact Deb Fable for more information at dcfable@gmail.com.

  • Pawpaw ChapterField Trip Plant ID and Gillespie Museum Tour

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Field Trip Plant ID and Gillespie Museum Tour

    9:00 am

    Stetson University, Deland

    We will take a walk around the museum to identify at least 12 varieties of native trees and shrubs.  So, keep an eye out for the  Finge Tree, Yaupon Holly, Southern Magnolia, Bald Cypress, Red Bay (if it’s not already a dead-bay),Sweet Acacia, Sweet Gum, Longleaf Pine, Red Mulberry Chickasaw Plum, and Live oak.

    This also happens to be a day when the Gillespie Museum will be open for tours.  (Rocks, Minerals, and Gems....OH MY!)  Lunch at Cook‘s in DeLand after the tours.

    To join the carpool and place your reservation for lunch.

    Contact:  Sonya Guidry   Email:  guidry.sonya@gmail.com  Cell: 386 690-1797

    2 Carpool options:
    Meet 9:00 AM at the Publix in Port Orange west of I-95 (Look for Sande Habali)
    Sonya has room for 2 others in NSB-Edgewater area if they sign up ahead of time & meet at 9:00 AM at the McDonalds just West of I-95 on Hwy 44. 

  • Heartland Chapter29th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival

    Heartland Chapter

    29th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival

    10:00 am

    Highlands Hammock State Park

    The Heartland Chapter will be selling native plants and books at this event.

    Highlands Hammock State Park

    5931 Hammock Road

    Sebring FL 33872

    Phone (863) 471-5324

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  • SweetBay ChapterLupine Survey

    SweetBay Chapter

    Lupine Survey

    9:00 am

    Point Washington State Forest

    Meet Tom Greene at the Washington State Forest office on hwy 98 (forestry tower) at 9 am to help him with his lupine survey.  Meet other interested folks from Walton county who will also attend.

    For more information, contact Deb Fable at dcfable@gmail.com.

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  • SweetBay ChapterWet Prairie Walk with Tom Greene

    SweetBay Chapter

    Wet Prairie Walk with Tom Greene

    9:00 am

    Walton County

    Take a wet prairie walk with Tom Greene and the folks from the Choctahactchee Basin Alliance.
    Must register by this Friday  - call Brenda Foley - 850-405-9342 - fee is $15.
     
    Meet at the Choc. Basin Alliance office at 9 am on hwy 331.
     
    Contact Brenda Foley at 850-405-9342

  • Conradina ChapterMonthly Chapter Meeting

    Conradina Chapter

    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Melbourne Library. 540 E Fee Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901

     

    Speaker :  Glen Bupp, Rare Plant Curator.  M.S. Ecology Florida Institute of Technology, B.S. Ecology Florida Institute of Technology.

     

    Presentation Title : Conservation of Florida's Endangered Plants at  Bok Tower Gardens.

    Presentation Background

    Florida has the third highest number of federally endangered plant species in the United States.  Many of the species are endemic to narrow regions of the state, a quality that is the result of Florida’s unique geologic evolution.  The degree of endemism in Florida’s endangered plants presents a host of challenges when conserving each species.  The Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens is involved in many techniques to conserve the endangered plant species of Florida such as, seed banking, population introductions, population monitoring, and new research.  This presentation will outline some of the conservation efforts conducted by the Rare Plant Conservation Program including research partially funded by the Florida Native Plant Society.

     

    Glen Bupp, Rare Plant Curator.  M.S. Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology.  B.S. Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology.  As the Rare Plant Curator at Bok Tower Gardens I maintain the seed bank and living collection of endangered plants from north and central Florida.  The accessions at Bok are part of the Center for Plant Conservation’s National Collection.  Currently our component of the collection is comprised of over 2 million seeds from 63 species and over 2000 living specimens.  One of the primary tasks of my position is to share the program’s conservation efforts with a diverse audience.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, home brewing, fishing, and camping.  I look forward to meeting all of you and discussing the rarest plants in Florida

  • CupletFern ChapterChapter Meeting - Florida Panther: Following the Road to Recovery

    CupletFern Chapter

    Chapter Meeting - Florida Panther: Following the Road to Recovery

    7:00 pm

    200 Fairmont Ave., Sanford.

    Join Erin Myers, private land's biologist and veterinarian for the USFWS, for an up-close look at this highly endangered species. Challenges are great for survival of the Florida Panther, whose habitat is fragmented and requires a home range of approximately 520 square-km.   She will discuss panther biology, their current threats, and planned solutions. Free. 407 302-7616.
     

  • Pawpaw ChapterNov. Chapter Meeting - Wildflowers, Naturally!

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Nov. Chapter Meeting - Wildflowers, Naturally!

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center South Daytona

    The Pawpaw Chapter is pleased to have Lisa Roberts, the Florida WIldflower Foundation's executive director as our November speaker.  She will present the program Wildflowers, Naturally!

    The Florida Wildflower Foundation's Wildflowers, Naturally! program was designed to recognize home gardeners and businesses who use Florida's native wildflowers in landscapes. Learn about the program, including its requirements, how to apply, and how applications are reviewed.

    The Pawpaw Chapter meets the Second Monday of each month at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd (enter from St. James St.), South Daytona.

    Doors open 6:30 pm, Program at 7pm, followed by refreshments & business meeting.


    Click here for meeting location info and map

    The Florida Wildflower Foundation's Wildflowers, Naturally! program was designed to recognize home gardeners and businesses who use Florida's native wildflowers in landscapes. Learn about the program, including its requirements, how to apply, and how applications are reviewed. - See more at: http://www.flawildflowers.org/events/2014-wildflower-symposium.html#sthash.LEiwSpfN.dpuf
    The Florida Wildflower Foundation's Wildflowers, Naturally! program was designed to recognize home gardeners and businesses who use Florida's native wildflowers in landscapes. Learn about the program, including its requirements, how to apply, and how applications are reviewed. - See more at: http://www.flawildflowers.org/events/2014-wildflower-symposium.html#sthash.LEiwSpfN.dpuf

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  • Magnolia ChapterInvasive Plant Removal

    Magnolia Chapter

    Invasive Plant Removal

    9:00 am

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, Grady County, GA

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is a 140 acre property in Grady County, GA that contains tens of millions of early spring wildflowers.  It was saved from residential development by members of the Magnolia Chapter. The website is wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.org.  

    On the second Tuesday of each month, a volunteer group from the Magnolia Chapter works to remove invasive plants, including privet, Japanese climbing fern, Japanese honeysuckle, and nandina. Participants are encouraged to wear long pants, boots and gloves.  If you want, you can bring your lunch and stay for a leisurely walk in the forest in the early afternoon.  To receive monthly updates on each month's plans, contact bethgrant@bellsouth.net.

  • Mangrove ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Mangrove Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL

    "Wild Mushrooms and Their Flroida Habitats" by Bruce Kuechman

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  • Coontie ChapterThe Plant Communities of Long Key

    Coontie Chapter

    The Plant Communities of Long Key

    7:00 pm

    Secret Woods, 2701 Florida (W. State Rd.) 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

    Kelly Whitney, Park Naturalist at Long Key Nature Center, introduces us to Long Key's plant communities including at least one you might not expect. Because significant Seminole history took place at Long Key, Kelly will include a bit of park history and the Seminole use of plants.

    Kelly has been naturalist at Long Key for 12 years. Prior she taught science to 7th and 8th graders. She was an undergraduate in Kansas majoring in Environmental policy and a graduate student at FIU in Biological Management.

    She will lead us on a visit to the park on the following Saturday (see below).

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  • Pinellas ChapterFlorida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    Pinellas Chapter

    Florida Goldenaster Monitoring 2014

    9:00 am

    McKay Creek Greenway, Largo

    Pam Leasure, of Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources, needs volunteers to help perform biometric monitoring of two populations of the endangered plant Florida goldenaster,Chrysopsis floridana.

    Volunteers will be recording the following data for each number-tagged plant:

    1. Survival status (dead or alive),
    2. Stage (new seedling or adult), (reproductive or not)
    3. Measurements (height and width of each plant)

    Weedon Island Preserve
    1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702

    • Saturday, November 1st – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Tuesday, November 4th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    McKay Creek Greenway
    (Near County Extension, not publicly accessible)

    • Saturday, November 8th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Thursday, November 13th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    These will be “all day” workdays but can certainly accommodate folks who can only work partial days. Everyone staying for the entire day will need to bring their lunch.

    To volunteer, please contact Pam Leasure at (727) 453-6505 or pleasure@pinellascounty.org.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterPlant ID Clinic, 6:15 - 7pm (precedes Chapter meeting)

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    Plant ID Clinic, 6:15 - 7pm (precedes Chapter meeting)

    6:15 pm

    Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

    Plant Identification Workshop -

    Join in on identifying plants you and others bring in that you have questions about.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterNovember Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    November Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    7:00 pm

    Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

    Topic: Urban Forestry - Pavement With a Side Dish of Greens
    Speaker: Michael Campbell

    Mr. Campbell will address engineering, real estate and spiritual values provided by the urban forest and discuss the goals, techniques and tools available for managing the urban forest.

     

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  • SweetBay ChapterVisit Tumble Creek Conservancy Area

    SweetBay Chapter

    Visit Tumble Creek Conservancy Area

    7:30 am

    Tumble Creek

    Visit Tumble Creek with Bay county Audubon, an 80 acre site in Washington County, not far from Bay County and Jackson Co.
     
    This primarilly sandhill scrub habitat with some wetlands around Tumble Creek, is owned by Bay County Conservancy (BCC), a local non-profit land trust, which owns about 250 acres in several counties.  BCC has recently put in a 1/2 mile loop hiking trail which is a fairly easy to moderate walk but is not wheelchair accesible.
     
    We will carpool from the foot of the Bailey Bridge in Lynn Haven at PorterPark, on Hwy 77.  Be at the parking lot at 7:15 to leave at 7:30am. If time permits, some of us may go up to Falling Waters State Park near Chipley.   Bring a sack lunch and drinks as well as your birding stuff.
     
    For those coming from the north on Hwy 77, meet us at the intersection of Elkham Blvd, north of Sunny Hills. This is about 13 miles south of Chipley. If you have any questions, contact Ron Houser at rd houser@knology.net.

  • Tarflower ChapterNovember Field Trip: Monarch Waystation Planting

    Tarflower Chapter

    November Field Trip: Monarch Waystation Planting

    9:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park

    If you plant it, they will come! Grab your gloves and come out to Mead Garden to help create a monarch butterfly habitat. We will be planting milkweed, Coreopsis, Liatris, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Solidago and other native wildflowers in an effort to establish a Monarch Waystation site. Join us from 9a.m. until 11a.m. -- or for as long as you'd like!

  • Magnolia ChapterGet Great Exercise, & Learn How to ID & Destroy Coral Ardisia!

    Magnolia Chapter

    Get Great Exercise, & Learn How to ID & Destroy Coral Ardisia!

    9:00 am

    Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Gate A, 1275 Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, FL

    Get Great Exercise, & Learn How to ID & Destroy Coral Ardisia!
    (an invasive plant hands-on education program)
    SAT., 15 November, 9:00am-12:30pm (lunch provided!*)

    Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Gate A, 1275 Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Fl
    (0.8 miles west of the intersection of N. Meridian and Miller Landing Rds.

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    For camaraderie, fun, healthy exercise, and the satisfaction of doing something good for the environment, consider participating in this event, which is part of a series of sessions for everyone--all ages--interested in the outdoors. Learn the importance of addressing the problem of invasive plants, with a particular focus on Coral Ardisia (CA), which is currently smothering much of the understory of this beautiful park and many other areas in Florida & N. Georgia.

          The event is a 1-2 mile RT interpretative (slow) hike during which you will learn, via hands-on work (great exercise!), how to  remove CA.  Lunch will be provided at the end of the event (*anonymous donor).

             Experts from the Northwest Florida Water Management District, The Nature Conservancy, and local chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society & Florida Trail association, along with the City of Tallahassee will be on hand to teach you how to ID at least 4 species of exotic invasive plants that can be found on the trail, different methods for removing them safely, and how to distinguish them from native plants.  

             At lunch (~30 min),  there will be more discussion about why this effort is important, how you can help in different ways appropriate for different activities (e.g., hiking, cycling, walking, your own back yard), how to report invasive plant sightings (http://www.eddmaps.org/).  If time, you will also learn more about this beautiful park: its rare butterflies, bluebird boxes, artifacts, history, and the Red Hills Horse Trials.

             Bring water, bug spray, garden/work gloves, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Bring a clipper and/or a shovel (pointed type is best) if you own them.

    Questions?  Contact Karen Berkley (850) 570-5740, kjberkley@gmail.com

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterNovember Field Trip, 9am - Noon

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    November Field Trip, 9am - Noon

    9:00 am

    Florida Wildflower and Growers Seed Coop, 22715 NW 107 Street, Alachua, FL

    Site: Florida Wildflower and Growers Seed Coop, 22715 NW 107 Street, Alachua, FL
    Trip Coordinator: Claudia Larsen

    We will visit Terry Zinn's Wildflower Farm where he collects and processes seed for the Florida Wildflower and Growers Seed Coop.

    Terry and Curtis Barnes attend our plant sales and many other festivals selling small packs of wildflowers; but they also deal with much larger orders for roadside and environmental mitigation plantings.We will see his wildflower plantings and then visit the seed processing area with its seed cleaning and storage equipment.

    Their website is www.wildflowers.com where you can learn more about wildflowers and also order seed directly.

    Directions:
    Meet at the Wildflower Farm at 9am. (Allow 45 minutes driving time from Gainesville)
        --Address: 22715 NW 107 Street, Alachua, FL
    Take I-75 North toward Lake City for 14.5 miles
    Take Exit 404 (County Highway 236 toward Lake Butler/High Springs) and turn Left onto Hwy 236
    Drive 5.4 miles and turn Left onto NW County Road 239
    Take first Left onto NW 98 Street (0.6 miles)
    Turn slight Left onto NW 270 Avenue (0.5 miles)
    Turn slight Right onto NW 107 Street (0.5 miles)
    27715 NW 107 Street is on the Right (look for Wildflower Coop sign on the gate)
    If you reach NW 278 Avenue, you have gone too far.

  • Coontie ChapterPlant Walk: Discovering Long Key

    Coontie Chapter

    Plant Walk: Discovering Long Key

    9:30 am

    Long Key Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Ave, Davie, FL 33330

    Kelly Whitney will lead us to see some areas of the Long Key park that are not normally visited by the public. Here we can begin to understand what comprises an historic plant community and look for interesting plants. At another location we can see restoration working in concert with nature. It's always wonderful to go off trail with a guide who has such long-term experience at a natural site.

    For newcomers: The trip will be easy going, but off trail, so tennis shoes or whatever can take a little mud or water is recommended, just in case. Drinking water, sun protection, insect repellent, and perhaps long pants and sleeves will ensure your comfort. Bring a camera, binoculars, or magnifier if you enjoy taking something home (photographs), seeing distant wildlife (usually birds), or the fascinating small parts of plants & insects. If you are just coming to enjoy the out of doors: the air, fragrances, and flowers, this is not only OK, but perhaps the very best of all reasons to join us.

    We will meet at the nature center next to the main parking lot for Long Key at 9:30 am.

    Long Key Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Ave, Davie, FL 33330  (954) 357-8797

  • FNPS ChapterBoard and Council meetings 10 am-5:00 pm

    FNPS Chapter

    Board and Council meetings 10 am-5:00 pm

    10:00 am

    Disney Wilderness Preserve

    Disney Wilderness Preserve,
    2700 Scrub Jay Trail, Kissimmee, FL
    Saturday Nov 15: 10 am to 5 pm - Meetings and workshops for FNPS Board and Council of Chapters

    SCHEDULE Tentative (10 am Morning Presentation for Board and Council of Chapters. Board meetings and workshops in afternoon until 5 pm)

    10 am - noon: Presentation by Russ Hoffman, owner of Beautiful Ponds, on Building Strong Connections. 

    Noon - 1:00 pm:  Pot-Luck Lunch for all - bring a dish to share

    1:00 pm  - 5 pm;  FNPS Council of Chapters Meeting; FNPS Board Meeting, workshops

    Board Meeting: Budget Approval, Society Sponsorships Approval, Select Nomination Committee, Request for Palmetto award nominations, Approve contracts, File forms with the state, Auditor Statements, Group Exemption information due to Treasurer, Retreat information available, Volunteer hours of the Society updated

    Council of Chapters: Meeting, Initiatives: Promoting Landscaping with Native Plants, Enhancing Educational Field Trips; and Developing Strategies & Advocacy for Land Use Planning.

    Field Trip: 4:10 pm Buggy Ride courtesy of DWP

    Hotels available for overnight are posted on the Forum.

    http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/placesweprotect/the-disney-wilderness-preserve.xml#directions

  • SeaRocket ChapterNative Plant Sale

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Native Plant Sale

    10:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780

    Sea Rocket will open it's nursery for the annual Forest Festival at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary.

  • Naples ChapterDelnor-Wiggins Pass Nature Festival

    Naples Chapter

    Delnor-Wiggins Pass Nature Festival

    10:00 am

    Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    Interested in community outreach? The Naples Chapter is looking for volunteers to communicate our mission to visitors at the 2014 Delnor-Wiggins Pass Nature Festival. At our educational booth, we plan to offer a native plant quiz game for kids and adults to play, along with informative and membership handouts. This one-day event is scheduled for 10am-3pm.

    Please contact our Director of Outreach, Emily Wilson, at ewilson@naplesgarden.org or (813) 367-6559 if you would like to participate.

  • Council ChapterCouncil & Board Meetings

    Council Chapter

    Council & Board Meetings

    10:00 am

    Disney Wilderness Preserve, 2700 Scrub Jay Trail, Kissimmee, FL

    Please visit the Society Calendar (Filter: FNPS Society Events) for the latest meeting details. 

     

    Time                           Activity

    10 - 10:15                   Opening meeting Board and Council of Chapters  (all) 

    10: 15 – noon             Russ Hoffman – inspiration through native plants – speaker at the 2014
                                       Conference on:  Why People don’t “get it? ” the psychology of embracing
                                       native plants.  

    Noon - 1pm                 Lunch -  Pot Luck – everyone bring a dish to share

    1:00 to 3:00                 Initiative Work Group leaders (w/o Council leadership who are at
                                        Board Meeting) to work on the three projects.

    3:15 to 3:45                The whole Council together.

    3:45 to 4:10                More Initiative Work Group time

    And of course, some break time in between meeting or during.

    4:10                             DWP Buggy ride, 5:00 plant walk

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  • NatureCoast ChapterNovember Field Trip / Tillis Hill, Withlacoochee State Forest

    NatureCoast Chapter

    November Field Trip / Tillis Hill, Withlacoochee State Forest

    9:30 am

    Tillis HIll, see text for directions

    Tillis Hill is part of the Withlacoochee State Forest north of Brooksville, off Stagecoach Trail (CR480). Sid Taylor, Ranger with the Florida Forest Service and Park Naturalist, will be our guide. Sid has led many of our trips and is one of the most knowledgeable and fun people we could have as a leader. She is the Ranger in charge of Tillis Hill and recommended this trip at this time of year because of the recent burning in the forest. We will see what native plants are growing. Hopefully, we will spot some spectacular species. Make sure to bring your wildflower book, magnifying lens, binoculars! Dress appropriately and have your bug spray and water.   *Note: this is archery hunting season; wearing bright orange might be a good idea.

                We will picnic at the recreation area by the Day Use Parking Lot. A cooler will be available for those needing to keep lunch cool.

     

    Directions:

     

    From West: take US19 or Suncoast Pkwy to US98. Travel east on US98 to CR491 (Citrus Way); Left (north) on CR491 to CR480 (Stagecoach Trail). Right (east) onto CR480, and go 2 miles to Tillis Hill sign (will be on the on right); Left (north) on FR13 for 1 ½ miles to asphalt. Follow asphalt uphill 0.2mi and make FIRST right into “Day Use” parking lot at Tillis Hill.

     

    From East: take US41 north through Brooksville to US98. Travel west on US98 to CR 491 (Citrus Way) and follow directions above.

     

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  • Serenoa ChapterGeneral Meeting - The Night Life of Plants

    Serenoa Chapter

    General Meeting - The Night Life of Plants

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Ever wonder what plants do at night? Are they sleeping while Arachne weaves her filmy webs? Dr. Craig Huegel author of Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife will shine some light on this little known topic.

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  • Tarflower ChapterPlant Salvage

    Tarflower Chapter

    Plant Salvage

    8:00 am

    Kerina Parkside Scrub

    Contact Jackie Rolly at 407-620-6963 or j.y.rolly@att.net for more information.

  • Heartland ChapterIt Affects You - Make a Difference in Your Environment

    Heartland Chapter

    It Affects You - Make a Difference in Your Environment

    6:30 pm

    Circle B Bar Reserve

    Topic: “It Affects You - Make a Difference in Your Environment”

    We are pleased to have Ms. Gaye Sharpe with us to talk about the Polk County Environmental Lands Program and the Habitat Conservation Plan process.

    Location: Circle B Bar Reserve 4399 Winter Lake Road Lakeland, FL 33803

    Speaker Biography: Gaye Sharpe is a native of Polk County and received her degrees in biology and physical education from Mercer University. Gaye began as a biologist with the Polk County Natural Resource Division and is now the Natural Areas Manager. Gaye is involved with the selection, purchase and protection of the County’s environmentally sensitive lands and works to develop the opportunities for outdoor recreation. We will also be selling a wide selection of native plants at this meeting. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday night.

    Heartland Chapter Florida Native Plant Society

    website: http://www.fnps.org/chapters

    email: fnpsheartland@gmail.com

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/heartlandchapter.fnps

  • PalmBeach ChapterChapter Meeting: Pondhawk and Yamato Scrub Natural Areas

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: Pondhawk and Yamato Scrub Natural Areas

    7:00 pm

    Mounts Botanical Garden

    A presentation on the restoration of Palm Beach County's Pondhawk and Yamato Scrub Natural Areas.  Presented by Lee Lietzke, Palm Beach County ERM, Site Manager
     
     

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  • Suncoast ChapterNovember Meeting

    Suncoast Chapter

    November Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office

    Waters: The Amazing World of Fish Sex (rated PG 13)

    Craig A. Watson, Director of the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL), will present Steamy Waters: The Amazing World of Fish Sex (rated PG 13), at our monthly meeting, 7 pm, Weds November 19. The Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, located in Ruskin, is part of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida (UF/IFAS). Current research being conducted at the TAL includes ornamental aquaculture production and management, aquatic animal health, ornamental fish reproduction, and nonindigenous aquatic species ecology and management.

    Craig joined the University of Florida as a multi-county aquaculture extension agent in April of 1988. In 1997, he was appointed director and research coordinator for the newly established Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. As director, he is responsible for assuring the programs and staff is providing fundamental support to Florida’s farms as mandated by the Land Grant mission. Through his research and working one-on-one with Florida producers, Craig has developed expertise in a wide range of issues surrounding the commercial success of ornamental aquaculture, including reproduction strategies, hatchery and system design, chemical and drug usage, and environmental practices.  His life’s work has taken him to every continent except Antarctica, focusing on issues surrounding aquaculture and capture fisheries involved in the aquarium industry. 

    A native of Miami, Craig began his career in 1974 at a tropical fish farm He paid his way through his undergraduate studies at Florida State University by working at a tropical fish store and a wholesale tropical fish cooperative. After earning his B.S. in Biology from FSU in 1981, he spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, where he assisted in a marine hatchery producing sea bass, sea bream, sole, and shrimp.  Following the Peace Corps he did his graduate work at Auburn University and earned a Master of Aquaculture degree in 1988.

    Craig also serves on several boards, including the Florida Aquaculture Association, the National Aquaculture Association, and the Florida Aquarium.  A father of two, Craig enjoys outdoor activities, especially camping, fishing, and boating.

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  • Tarflower ChapterPlant Salvage

    Tarflower Chapter

    Plant Salvage

    8:00 am

    Kerina Parkside Scrub

    Contact Jackie Rolly at 407-620-6963 or j.y.rolly@att.net for more information.

  • Ixia ChapterGeneral Meeting Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Ixia Chapter

    General Meeting Thursday, November 20, 2014

    6:30 pm

    Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

    Agenda Changed

    We will not have a guest speaker and Ixia members present will vote on the Board of Directors for the Chapter.

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  • SweetBay ChapterJohn Muir Trail Opening

    SweetBay Chapter

    John Muir Trail Opening

    7:30 am

    Panama City Beach Conservation Park

    Free Event

    7:30 Bay County Audubon Bird Walk

    10:00 Booths Open

    10:45 Florida Trails Association Guided Hike, Hanging Blue Bird Houses with Bay County Audubon

    12:00 Pioneer Lunch

    PCB Conservation Park, Griffin Bldd., PCB 32413

    For more information, call 850-233-5055

  • Magnolia ChapterLake Seminole ACOE Exotics Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Lake Seminole ACOE Exotics Workday

    9:00 am

    Undisclosed location in Jackson County

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm,  Members Only, Led by Leigh Brooks. Several rare plant species in a slope forest are threatened by invasive non-native plants. Last year's workday made a big difference, but there's some work left to do removing Nandina and other baddies. Contact Leigh Brooks to sign up, lbrooks2wd@nettally.com.

  • PalmBeach ChapterField Trip: Pondhawk Natural Area

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Field Trip: Pondhawk Natural Area

    9:00 am

    Pondhawk Natural Area

    A field trip led by Lee Lietzke, Palm Beach County ERM, Site Manager, to Pondhawk Natural Area.
     
    This field trip will feature Pondhawk Natural Area’s native plant in addition to an overview of restoration activities.  If time permits, the field trip will continue just down the road to the Yamato Scrub Natural Area.  We will meet at 9:00 am at the City of Boca Raton Spanish River Library located on the north side Spanish River Blvd (1501 Spanish River Library, 33431) just east of Military Trail.   Plan to gather at the outside entrance of the library.  We will then walk over to the natural area.
     
    Note:  The library has restroom facilities.  Wear sun protection, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

     

  • PalmBeach ChapterVolunteer Event: Native Plant Demo Garden Maintenance

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Volunteer Event: Native Plant Demo Garden Maintenance

    9:00 am

    Clayton Hutchenson Building

    Location: Clayton Hutchenson Building at Mounts

    Come and learn from experts as you help us maintain our Native Plant Demonstration Garden. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, identify plants and take home cuttings for your garden. Work parties are held on the Saturday following our monthly meetings. Drop by anytime between 9:00 am and noon to learn, socialize and enjoy brunch in the open air. Don’t forget to bring your garden tools!

  • Coontie ChapterSteve Woodmansee Shows Us 12 Ecosystems

    Coontie Chapter

    Steve Woodmansee Shows Us 12 Ecosystems

    9:30 am

    Juno Dunes Natural Area, Palm Beach Co.

    Dade Chapter hosts, Broward Chapter welcome. Should be fun with great ID & photo opportuities:

    Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Loggerhead Park, 14200 South U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408.  Bear left after the entrance to go to the parking directly ahead, near the beach and the trailhead. Walk ends about 1pm.

       Steve Woodmansee will lead us through this diverse habitat which contains beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock, hydric hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammock, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, basin marsh, depression marsh, and mangrove swamp. Palm Beach County owns 203 acres of the natural area and leases 366 more.  The small "Oceanfront Tract" has a nature trail and a great view of the area from the top of a sand dune.  The "West Tract" has several miles of trails.

       We will start at the Oceanfront Tract which is in Loggerhead Park.on the east side of US1.  There are restrooms and a short trail. (It also houses the Marinelife Center, not operated by Palm Beach Parks.) After a short walk we will move to the West Tract, ¼ mile farther north on the west side.

       More info: http://www.pbcgov.com/erm/natural/natural-areas/juno-dunes/  and http://floridahikes.com/junodunes

    Directions to Loggerhead Park (coming from the south): Turn off US-1 to the right (east side).  Please consider these directions as suggestions. Use GPS or maps to see the roads and other choices:

    • Via I-95:  Take exit 79A (FL-786 E/PGA Blvd).  Merge onto PGA Blvd (east),  go 2.6 miles, turn left (north) onto US-1 N/A1A.  Continue on US-1for 3 miles (stay to the left where A1A splits off).

    * Driving time: About 1:20 hours (60 miles) from central Ft Lauderdale.

    * Difficulty: Moderate,  trails sandy, little shade, but not long distance.

    * Bring: Sun protection, plenty to drink as you walk, snacks to carry, lunch (picnic on site).  A walking stick might help some on sandy trails.  Binoculars would help for bird sightings.

    * Lost/late?:  Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705, the day of the trip only, 305-255-6404 other times).

    * Post-trip: If you have time, consider visiting The Nature Conservancy's Blowing Rocks Preserve, a few miles north.

  • Serenoa ChapterField Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Field Trip

    6:00 pm

    Red Bug Slough Preserve, Sarasota County

    Land Manager Jeff Weber will take us on an evening exploration of this in-town park to find out what plants and animals do in the dark hours.

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  • Serenoa ChapterThanksgiving Weekend Field Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Thanksgiving Weekend Field Trip

    12:00 am

    DeSoto County

    A visit to the 5500+ acre Myakka/Peace Connector lands which run along the DeSoto/Sarasota county lines.

  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve (Ocelot)

    Walk through is at the corner of Ocelot and Phorus Roads. Venice, FL

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