Calendar for -- June 2016

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  • Passionflower ChapterWelcome Passionflower Chapter

    Passionflower Chapter

    Welcome Passionflower Chapter

    12:00 am

    This is just a calendar test - but welcome the newest FNPS chapter anyway!


    South Lake County including Clermont, Ferndale, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Montverde

  • Pinellas ChapterMonthly Program: Shade Gardening

    Pinellas Chapter

    Monthly Program: Shade Gardening

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park 2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater

    Craig Huegel, author of Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes, will discuss the many variables and complexities of shade gardening in Florida. He will explore options for canopy, shrubs, and the colorful annuals and perennials that can tolerate even the darkest of areas.

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  • Coontie ChapterWalk with Jack Lange in the Fakahatchee

    Coontie Chapter

    Walk with Jack Lange in the Fakahatchee

    9:00 am

    Fakahatchee Strand State Park, 137 Coast Line Dr, Copeland, FL 34137

    Jack Lange is one of our most experienced South Florida botanists of native species, spending significant time in the wild studying and observing and for his work as an environmental consultant.  This walk is in the Fakahatchee Strand, a great wild place. Jack's walks often require getting wet, climbing through a few things, and going a little deeper into the wilds, so we rate this trip moderate with possibly difficult short streches. We recommend no young children or adults unable to tough it through a few unexpected difficulties. A walking stick for balance in the swamp, insect protection (repellant, full-cover clothing), drinking water, sun protection (hat & lotion), zip-lock or sealed container for camera, phone, etc.), a change of clothes and lunch for after the walk. Don't be scared away, this is all for your comfort and enjoyment during the walk. It's a rare chance to taste the heart of the natural world with a wonderful and experienced botanist.
    Meet at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park office (137 Coast Line Dr, Copeland, FL  34137; 25.952224, -81.360462) at 9:00 am. From Ft. Lauderdale: 595 West to Hwy 75 toward Naples (Alligator Alley) to Exit 80 (at Mile Marker 80) "29 Everglades City Immokalee" exiting and turning left onto 29 South. Continue on 29 South for about 15 miles. You may see on odd right-side truck lane with 3 red diamond STOP! markers, then a slow to 35mph bend, then small brown "Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve (right)" sign, then small green street sign "Janes Scenic Dr." Almost there, on Janes Scenic Dr. (as you see buildings) a hairpin right turn heads you north, then a fire watch tower, then a big brown "Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park" sign and pond, turn right at the north end of the pond into a dirt parking lot with handicap parking and small office park building. (You may need cash for highway toll and/or $3? park fee.)
    Total trip from Ft. Lauderdale nearly two hours for comfort; GPS says 1-1/2 hours, but we may carpool to a trailhead, so best to be a bit early and not miss us. From Miami via Tamiami Trail, GPS time is 1-1/2 hours from Krome Ave. Arrive by 9:00 am. Richard at 954-661-6289 if I can get a signal.

  • Pinellas ChapterField Trip: Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

    Pinellas Chapter

    Field Trip: Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

    12:00 am

    5801 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

    Emerson Point Preserve is a 365-acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto. At Emerson Point, visitors can take in the beauty of Florida's wildlife and native plant communities while exploring both prehistoric and historic sites.

  • Magnolia ChapterGholson Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Gholson Workday

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Park on Park Street, Chattahoochee


    We will meet at the shelter in Gholson Nature Park, on Park Street, Chattahoochee.

    Snacks will be provided! 

    Please bring weeding tool, gloves, bug spray, and gear that will protect you from sun and tromping through the woods.

    Please dress in appropriate layers, protective shoes & hat.

    Children must be accompanied by responsible guardian/parent.

    For additional information call Diana Picklesimer @ 229-416-9629

  • Hernando ChapterCANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: Native Trees of Hernando County

    Hernando Chapter

    CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: Native Trees of Hernando County

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill Retreat, Brooksville

    County foresters provide technical assistance to private forest landowners on implementing sustainable forestry principles. Nicole Howard, Hernando County Forester, will help us discover which trees are at home in Hernando and how the County Forester works to preserve their health.

    About our Speaker: Nicole graduated from UF School of Forestry in 2003 and was hired by the Florida Forest Service in 2004. After 8 years as the County Forester in Bradford, Nicole worked in the Withlacoochee State Forest for 3 years prior to becoming our county's Forester.

    Our meetings are currently held the first Monday of the month at Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville FL 34601 - Socializing begins at 6:30 pm, Program starts at 7:00 pm.  Click here for map

  • Conradina ChapterIntroduction to Butterfly Gardening

    Conradina Chapter

    Introduction to Butterfly Gardening

    12:00 pm

    Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL

    Marine Council Brown Bag Lunch presented by Suzanne Valencia.   Suzanne will also discuss ways to conserve water and reduce run-off from yards, which helps to protect the Indian River Lagoon.

    12 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

  • Coontie ChapterRoger Hammer on Wildflowers & Annual Pot Luck

    Coontie Chapter

    Roger Hammer on Wildflowers & Annual Pot Luck

    7:00 pm

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

    Roger Hammer is the featured speaker at this year's annaul Pot Luck event!

    Bring food to share, and enjoy the always delightful Roger Hammer. He will speak on the wildflowers of Central Florida, many we know, but new ones we see when we travel north.

  • Ixia ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St., Jacksonville FL

    Bees: If We Go, We're Taking You With Us!

    Guest Speaker: Lisa Broward, Master Beekeeper & Master Naturalist, is the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Master Beekeeper. She has kept hives for 6 years on her KarmaAcres Farm in Callahan, a certified “Bee-Friendly” Farm that also holds the “Fresh from Florida” certification.


    Bees are an amazing and highly beneficial insect species that quite literally underpin the sustenance of life as we know it on planet earth. Honeybees are important to humans not only for the honey they produce but for the plants we depend on that they pollinate. As part of their pollen-collecting duties, bees also pollinate at least 80 percent of the food crops we rely on for sustenance. Without bees, many of these crops would not produce fruit, which means no more food for humans.


    This is why it is crucial for bees to not only survive, but also to thrive, as life depends on their efficient foraging activities, which also produce important medicinal foods like honey, bee pollen, propolis, and the ultimate superfood, royal jelly.


    But honeybees are increasingly threatened by an onslaught of harmful influences, not the least of which includes the perpetuation of industrial agriculture and its excessive use of toxic, bee-killing crop chemicals, both of which have contributed to the massive bee die-off phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD.


    Come and learn about the culture of this incredible insect and all the fascinating things it does for mankind.  Lisa will also talk about beekeeping in Florida and what you can do to help "save the bees”. 


    The program will end on a sweet note as we sample the primary honey varieties that are produced in Florida as well.



  • Beautyberry ChapterField Trip -- child & handicapped friendly

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Field Trip -- child & handicapped friendly

    10:00 am

    Lake Louisa State Park

    It's been a few years since our chapter visited Lake Louisa, so we're looking forward to another opportunity to see its native plants and to hear from the Park's knowledgeable staff.

    It will be warm & school will be out, so what better way to see the park than on a tram ride, with stops for botanizing at interesting sites along the way including the cypress tree shoreline of Lake Louisa and the Long Leaf Pine restoration hillsides.  Summer wildflowers should be in bloom along the way.  We plan to picnic at some point at tables along the lakeshore.  As usual, bring a hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellent, snacks and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

    There will be a park entrance fee.  We will meet in/near the parking lot by the park entrance.  For details on car pooling from points north, contact Lavon at 352-223-4761 closer to the date of the trip.


  • Ixia ChapterSpecial Field Trip

    Ixia Chapter

    Special Field Trip

    7:30 am

    Julington-Durbin Preserve

    Check out this special invitation hot off the press from Jake & Adam:

    "For those interested in seeing a bloomin' Ixia sooner rather than later, gather at the parking lot of the Julington-Durbin Preserve, 13130 Bartram Park Blvd., 32223 at 7:30 am. This is short notice, but make hay while the sun shines and Ixia blooms. We'll be there no more than an hour after which we shall descend upon Native Park with a vengence for some TLC"




  • Ixia ChapterTLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    Native Park, 3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    2016 marks the 6th anniversary of Ixia’s adoption of Native Park. Please join us for TLC Saturday at Native Park on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30 (you are welcome to come for all or part of the morning).


    Volunteering at Native Park is a great way to learn about native plants that grow in our area, meet other Ixia members, get some exercise, and help the pollinators that depend on these plants to survive.


    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.  This designation gives our chapter a role in the planning, development, and care-taking of Native Park.


    Remaining 2016 TLC schedule:

    July 9 

    August 13

    September 10

    October 8

    November 12

    December-no TLC day


    For more information contact

  • SeaRocket ChapterAce Pond Tour and Plant Sale

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Ace Pond Tour and Plant Sale

    10:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    This is the Annual Pond Tour Sponsored By Ace Hardware on Merritt Island. Sea Rocket will be selling Native Plants and Pond plants  at this event.

  • Coccoloba ChapterFarmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    8:00 am

    Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, FL 33928

  • Conradina ChapterBoard Meeting and Potluck Lunch at Erna Nixon Park

    Conradina Chapter

    Board Meeting and Potluck Lunch at Erna Nixon Park

    11:00 am

    Erna Nixon Park, 1200 Evans Road, West Melbourne, FL

    11:00 a.m. to Noon:  Chapter Board Meeting. Join us for our last meeting before we enjoy our Potluck Lunch.  Come learn what we talk about and items we cover.  We will be looking for new officers and board members for next year.  We always need suggestions for new topics and speakers!

    Noon: Potluck Lunch. Everyone is invited to bring a food item (dish or dessert) to share and enjoy time to socialize.  It is followed by a guided tour of the boardwalk.  Also please bring your own plate, cup, silverware and napkin.   Conradina FNPS will provide beverages.  


  • Sumter ChapterSumter County Butterflies

    Sumter Chapter

    Sumter County Butterflies

    6:00 pm

    2427 CR 522 Sumterville

    Ann Carraway,Sumter County FNPS member Will show a power point presentation on Sumter County Butterflies

    Join us for our monthly meeting, refreshments and raffle items.

    For more information call 352-568-8277

  • Pawpaw ChapterJune Meeting - Job Well Done Party

    Pawpaw Chapter

    June Meeting - Job Well Done Party

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    The June Pawpaw Chapter meeting will be a thank you party for all of the chapter members who helped with planning and volunteering at the 2016 FNPS conference.  Pizza will be provided, please bring your own cups plates & utensils.

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona       7:00 pm

    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.

    Click here for meeting location info and map.

  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    8:00 am

    Corner of U.S. Hwy 84 and Wolf Creek Rd., Grady Co., GA

    Join an enthusiastic volunteer crew in caring for Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, where there are tens of millions of trout lilies and thousands of trillium.  Members of our chapter facilitated its permanent conservation in 2009 and continue to coordinate and support its care.  During workdays, we remove invasive plants throughout the property by hand-pulling, digging, weed-wrenching, and cutting and herbiciding the stems. Afterwards, if you wish, you can stay for (bring-your-own) lunch and a leisurely walk, investigating that month's changes.

    For maps, directions, and more information go to

  • Sparkleberry Chapter

    Sparkleberry Chapter

    6:30 pm

    Chapter Meeting - Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008 

    'Backyard Birds and the Plants That Love Them" will be the topic for this meeting being presented by Sam Cole, Park Biologist at Ichetucknee Springs State Park.  Sam has been at the Park for over 20 years and is well known by many of you already from programs he has done for us in the past.  His love of our native plants, and everything around them, is infectious.  Whether you are familiar with Sam or not, you won't want to miss the program he has put together for us this month.


  • Suncoast ChapterChapter Meeting: Invasive Plants

    Suncoast Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: Invasive Plants

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583

    Cynthia Grizzle representing the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas will be giving a talk on Alien invaders are all around us!

    Come join Cynthia Grizzle of the Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to learn more about how invasive plants and animals impact out native habitats and species. The presentation will describe how anyone can become a citizen scientist by utilizing available supports. To get you started, identification of several common species  and early detection and rapid response (EDRR) species will also be covered.

    The Suncoast CISMA mission is to address the threat to native diversity within the Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area by coordinating and increasing efforts to eliminate or reduce invasive, non-native plants and animals across public and private boundaries.

    Cynthia W. Grizzle became interested in Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas(CISMAs) in 2010 when she earned her Certificate in Natural Areas Management (CNAM) from The Nature Conservancy and the University of Florida IFAS Extension. At that time, no Tampa Bay area CISMA existed. She is currently employed as an environmental scientist with RS&H, Inc. in Tampa, Florida. Her duties include many ecological aspects including environmental permitting and document writing, GIS data collection and analysis, vegetative assessments, listed species surveys and permitting and hydrologic monitoring. 

    The Suncoast Native Plant Society meets every third Wednesday at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Rd 579, Seffner. (813) 679-5597. Free. Light refreshments.  A plant auction follows the presentation. 


  • NatureCoast ChapterPaddle With the Manatees on the Homossasa River

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Paddle With the Manatees on the Homossasa River

    9:30 am

    Riversports Kayak

    Paddle With the Manatees on the Homossasa River

    Riversports Kayak

    5297 S. Cherokee Way   352-621-4972

    Friday, June 17th

    9:30 AM

    This will be a fun adventure to watch the manatees and catch some glimpses of wild native shrubs growing along the river. We will watch the monkeys on Monkey Island at the beginning of the trip and then paddle upstream to Homosassa Springs State Park where the wild manatees gather. (We will not be entering the park.) We can have lunch at the Yardarm at Riverside Resort across the parking lot from Riversports Kayak.

    Please email field trip leader, Gail Parsons, if you plan on attending.  Cellphone 813-928-1412

  • Suncoast ChapterJune field trip to Lake Dan Preserve

    Suncoast Chapter

    June field trip to Lake Dan Preserve

    9:00 am

    19116 Huckavalle Rd. Odessa

    This 1100-acre preserve contains a 17-acre lake, dry pine and oak woods, freshwater marshes, seasonally wet pine flatwoods, and cypress swamps and new boardwalk over the marshes. The Lake Dan and Lake Frances Nature Preserves, together, span nearly 3,000 acres, and contains natural habitats such as mesic flatwoods, wet prairie, hardwood hammock, basin swamps, freshwater marshes, and cypress domes. 
    The Lake Dan and Lake Frances Nature Preserves are owned and managed by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. It was purchased with funding from Hillsborough County’s Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program and joint funding from the Florida Communities Trust. 
    Our meeting time is 9AM at parking lot on the west side of the road at the dead end of Huckavalle Rd. in Odessa.  This parking lot can accommodate several vehicles. Facilities include a shaded pavilion with one picnic table. There are no wash rooms available here.
    From the parking lot, we’ll follow a path to the newly constructed boardwalk over a small lake. The boardwalk provides access to pine flatwoods/ sand hill habitats bordered with pond cypress strands on the north side.  The boardwalk also provides excellent bird watching opportunities.
    As these natural areas are ¼ to ½ mile in distance hikers would endure prolonged walks in full sun to access them. 
    Please note: An active cattle lease is maintained on pasture areas in the preserve.
    Close-toed shoes/boots, wide brimmed hat and drinking water are recommended. Wear sunscreen!
    Plan for a 2 to 4 hour hike.
    Directions: Take N Dale Mabry Hwy north to Van Dyke Rd. go west on Van Dyke Rd. to Gunn Hwy and turn right (north).  Go to Tarpon Springs Rd. (first traffic light) and turn left (west). Go ~6 miles to Tyler Rd. and turn right (north). A little over half a mile later turn right onto Tyler Run Ave.  Huckavale Rd. will be on the left.  Drive to dead end, parking on left.

  • Pawpaw ChapterJune Chapter Field Trip

    Pawpaw Chapter

    June Chapter Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park

    Paddle and Picnic at New Smyrna?s Beach, Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park

    Kayak Rental: Meet 9:00 am at Marine Discovery Center to Rent Kayak ($16.50 / 2 hrs)
    Location: 520 Barracuda Blvd, accessed from the North Causeway,

    Picnic / Nature Walk: Meet 11:00 am at Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park,
    Location: 700 Sandpiper St., accessed from Saxon Blvd.

    Leader: Warren Reynolds Cell: (386) 478-6633 ?
    Carpool: Sonya Guidry Cell: (386) 690-1797

    Description: New Smyrna Beach?s Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park is 200 acres of natural uplands and wetlands in the Indian River Lagoon just north of Mosquito Lagoon Preserve. The site offers nature trails, kayak launch, fishing pier, restrooms, and a covered picnic pavilion. Warren assures kayakers they will enjoy this more quiet backwater paddle excursion, along Brown?s Bay with Callalisi Creek to the west.

    Kayak Reservations: There are six single and two tandem kayaks available for rent. You can sign up to reserve a kayak at the June 13 Pawpaw meeting or contact Warren Reynolds. Folks with reserved kayaks need to go to MDC first to make the reduced tour rate payment of $16.50 before driving down to the Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park.
    *If you plan to bring your own kayak & CART, please let Warren know. (No launch fee)

    Picnic: Folks wishing to visit to Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park for a nature plant ID walk and picnic plan to arrive at 11:00 am. After a leisurly paced plant ID walk on the nature trail, join the kayakers for picnic lunch at the pavilion.

    Directions to Marine Discoery Center - from US-1 in New Smyrna Beach:
    - Turn East on Washington St. (becomes North Causeway crossing the river) - Turn North (Left) on Barracuda Blvd. (light)
    - 520 Barracuda Blvd. is on the left near the end of the street.

    Directions to Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park - from MDC: - Travel South on Barracuda Blvd
    - Turn Left on North Causeway
    - Turn Right on Peninsula Ave (Light)
    - Turn Left on 3rd Ave/ SR-44 (Light)
    - Turn Right on Saxon Blvd. (LIght) ...and continue about 2 miles.
    - Turn Right on Sandpiper Ave.
    - 700 Sandpiper Ave is the address for River Lagoon Preserve Park

    Direct Route to picnic site from I-95 or US-1
    - Take SR-44 East, crossing over South Causeway (high bridge) - Turn Right at Saxon Blvd. (Light) continue 2 miles
    - Turn RIght at Sandpiper Ave, to Park at 700 Sandpiper Ave.


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  • Heartland ChapterChapter Meeting

    Heartland Chapter

    Chapter Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Circle B Bar Reserve

    Please join us for our Chapter meeting.  Special presentation on native seeding and sodding.  More info to come.  

  • SeaOats ChapterMonthly Program: Florida Forestry Service

    SeaOats Chapter

    Monthly Program: Florida Forestry Service

    6:30 pm

    St Augustine Bch City Hall, 2200 A1A S, SAB, 32080

    Our local Senior Forester, Greg Dunn, will come to talk with us!  From his office located in the Agricultural Center, Forester Dunn assists timber landowners with the management of their property, and provides forestry information to schools and government agencies. Forester Dunn is also a wild land firefighter called frequently to fight fires around Florida and the rest of the United States.


  • SeaRocket ChapterMonthly Sea Rocket Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Monthly Sea Rocket Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Sea Rocket’s Monthly Meeting. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary at 6:30pm. Sea   Rocket is excited to present Laurilee Thompson co-owner of Dixie Crossroads, founder of the SpaceCoast Birding and Wildlife Festival, and lagoon enthusiast and environmentalist par excellence. Laurilee will be speaking on “The Lagoon Legacy”.



  • TheVillages ChapterLandscape Design

    TheVillages Chapter

    Landscape Design

    1:30 pm

    Big Cypress Recreation Center

    Regular Monthly Meeting

    Day: June 24, 2016
    Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
    Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center, 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages, Florida. 32163

    Amanda Martin, Horticulturist, Landscape designer at AJM Environmental Services
    "Residential landscapes are often filled with plants that grow well in our climate but offer little else to the surrounding environment. Drought tolerant, low maintenance plants, offering food and habitat for many other species are the basis for these designs. My goal is to bring a botanical garden-like atmosphere to the landscape while keeping valuable resource inputs to a minimum. I have been serving the greater Central Florida area for the better part of a year and enjoy the diversity of clients interested in making this transition."
    She is President of the Tarflower chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

    Get Google directions to Big Cypress Recreation Center

    We welcome guests to come and see what our local society chapter is doing. FNPS membership forms and dues are accepted at the meeting or you can join online at

  • LongleafPine ChapterNative Medicinal Plant Field Trip

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Native Medicinal Plant Field Trip

    7:30 am

    Main Campus of UWF

    Meet 7:30 AM in parking lot (north end) of Target at 1749 E. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, or go to Parking Lot U (or Parking Lot W) near Building 58 on the historic main campus of the University of West Florida (11000 University Parkway).  This is our extra special triennial field trip that focuses on native medicinal plants.  UWF's main campus is unusually rich with the presence of about 100 native plant species reputed to have medicinal virtues.  We will be observing several of these, and for each species the medicinal properties indicated in standard reference works will be reviewed.  Of course, we will also note other native plants along the way, including the rare needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix).  Expected highlights include Cornus florida (flowering dogwood), Hamamelis virginiana (witchhazel), Ipomoea pandurata (man-of-the-earth morning glory), Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss), Sassafras albidum (sassafras), Bidens bipinnata (Spanish needles), and Sanicula canadensis (black snakeroot).  Easy hiking.  Finish by noon.  Leader:  James R. Burkhalter.   

  • Suncoast ChapterGuided Native Plant Walk

    Suncoast Chapter

    Guided Native Plant Walk

    9:30 am

    Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL

    Everyone is invited to come discover the beauty of native plants on a guided walk with a representative of the Suncoast Native Plant Society. One hour (plus) walks will start in the native plant garden at the Visitor’s Center, then on to the boardwalk to see what grows naturally in the hardwood swamp. Time allowing, we will continue the walk onto the nature trails to see what is in bloom there. Walks are scheduled for one hour, but you may have the option to continue on a longer walk with our guide. 
    Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. 
    Walks are FREE, but there is a $2 entrance fee per vehicle (up to 8 people) to get into the park. 

  • Conradina Chapter8:45 p.m. Turtle Walk for Conradina Chapter FNPS

    Conradina Chapter

    8:45 p.m. Turtle Walk for Conradina Chapter FNPS

    8:45 pm

    Friends of the Carr Refuge is conducting this turtle walk for persons who are members of the Conradina Chapter plus their families and friends.  If you are a member, you are invited to register for this turtle walk.  Bring your family and friends.  A $15 donation per person is required to participate in these walks.  Minimum age is seven years old. Participants will walk on the beach up to one half mile each way to and from the turtle. 

    Each walk starts with a presentation in the Barrier Island Center auditorium,  While you are enjoying the presentation, our scouts will be searching for a nesting loggerhead sea turtle within a half mile of the beach access at nearby Bonsteel Park.  When a nesting loggerhead is found, the scouts will send a radio message that the group should be led to the turtle.   

    In most cases, the group will reach the turtle while she is dropping eggs into her nest.  We will remove sand behind the turtle to expose the eggs and use a red flashlight to illuminate them.  When she drops last egg, she will cover the nest with sand and camouflage the nest by moving more sand.  We will watch her during this process and while she returns to the sea.

    Most walks are completed successfully by 11 PM.  In a few cases, the nesting turtles are late and we will stay on the beach until a little after midnight.  In rare cases (less than 5% in 2015 on this beach), no nesting turtle was found between 9 PM and midnight.  


    If a nesting turtle is not found by midnight, we leave the beach.

    Register at .




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