Calendar for -- August 2016

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  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Meeting and Public Program: Pollinators

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Meeting and Public Program: Pollinators

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill Retreat, Brooksville

    Beyond Butterflies and Honey Bees - 
    by Jeanette Klopchin, Pollinator Protection Specialist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 
    Come to this program to hear the buzz about native Florida insect pollinators that don't get the press that Monarchs and imported honey bees do. Our expert presenter will tell us about the influential insect pollinators here in Central Florida, as well as some of the key plant - pollinator connections. She will address the ecosystem services provided by these busy natives as well as what they need to keep doing their job. And you’ll learn what we can do to reduce threats to pollinators, and support them in our landscapes.
    Jeanette has a BS in Zoology, a MS in Environmental Studies, and worked for six years at the UF Honey Bee lab, participating in apiary and lab management, research and extension activities. Jeanette is now the Pollinator Protection Specialist for FDACS, now serving under the Office of Agricultural Water Policy. Her duties include working between multiple divisions and engaging with diverse stakeholder groups to develop Best Management Practices for Pollinator Protection.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterChapter BOD Planning Meeting, 5:30pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    Chapter BOD Planning Meeting, 5:30pm

    5:30 pm

    Fifield Hall, UF

  • Tarflower ChapterDr. Craig Huegel

    Tarflower Chapter

    Dr. Craig Huegel

    7:00 pm

    Leu Gardens

    Dr. Craig Huegel, botanist, author, professor, blogger,Central  Florida native plant aficionado, speaker extraordinaire (I have it on the best  authority), will present a program on Landscaping for Wildlife at Leu Gardens, on August 2, 2016,during the Tarflower Chapter's monthly meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Light hors d'oevres and mingling begin at 6:45. Native plant raffle after the program. All are invited. 

    Leu Gardens is located 1920 Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803 Please provide this invitation and announcement to your members.

  • Pinellas ChapterGrasses of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    Pinellas Chapter

    Grasses of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park

    Hear from renowned author and grass expert David Hall. Talk starts 7:30ish, but we encourage people to socialize before the announcements at 7 p.m. 

    David W. Hall, Ph.D., currently owns and operates a environmental consulting firm based in Gainesville, FL. He was previously employed as a Senior Scientist for KBN/Golder Associates from 1991-1997 following his role at the University of Florida as the Director of Plant Identification and Information Services. He is a recognized expert in the field of plant identification and forensic botany and has published 11 books and over 140 articles.

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  • Pinellas ChapterField Trip: Grasses of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    Pinellas Chapter

    Field Trip: Grasses of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    8:00 am

    Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg

    Join Stephanie Coutant for a tour of Boyd Hill with emphasis on native grasses. Kodiak Brothers and Arnie Rutkis will assist with grass identification. There will be a four dollar ($4) fee for the tour.

  • Pawpaw ChapterAug. Chapter BoD and General Meetings - The Meadow Project

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Aug. Chapter BoD and General Meetings - The Meadow Project

    6:30 pm

    Piggotte Center South Daytona

    Note that the Pawpaw Chapter Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 preceeding the general meeting in the Piggotte Center.  All members are welcome to attend both meetings.

    Program - Selections from The Meadow Project video.

    The Meadow Project’s mission is to educate and raise awareness about sustainable, native, healthy, easy and affordable land care practices that support wildlife and human life.

    The video Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. The message: All of us have the power to support habitat for wildlife and bring natural beauty to our patch of the earth.

    The public is invited to attend the program and general meeting starting at 7pm.

    Plant of the Month: Yellow Anise

    The Pawpaw Chapter meets the second monday of the month at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd. South Daytona, FLThis is at the corner of Big Tree Road & James Street, entrance is from James St.  Doors open at 6:30, program at 7pm followed by the chapter business meeting.

  • NatureCoast ChapterChapter Meeting

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Chapter Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Land o'Lakes Community Center

    Meeting Day and Time

              Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Land O' Lakes Community Center

    Meeting Location

            5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639

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  • Magnolia ChapterBig Bend Environmental Forum 2016 Primary Candidates' Environmental Forum

    Magnolia Chapter

    Big Bend Environmental Forum 2016 Primary Candidates' Environmental Forum

    6:00 pm

    Tallahassee City Commission Chambers, City Hall

    What: The Big Bend Environmental Forum and the
    League of Women Voters of Tallahassee are hosting a
    candidates' forum for local candidates:
    - Leon County Commission District 2
    - Tallahassee City Commission Seats 1 and 2
    - State Representative Districts 8 and 9
    - School Board Candidates are also invited to speak
    Citizens will be able to suggest questions covering
    environmental, energy, sustainability, and growth
    management issues. An open house prior to the forum
    will include displays by BBEF member organizations, and
    will provide an opportunity for voters to personally meet
    the candidates.

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  • Coontie ChapterGo Native Plant Sale

    Coontie Chapter

    Go Native Plant Sale

    9:00 am

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

    Broward Chapter, Friends of Secret Woods, and Broward & Palm Beach nurseries sell native plants. 9 am - 1 pm

  • Ixia ChapterTLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    TLC Saturday

    9:00 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:

    September 10

    October 8

    November 12

    December-no TLC day


    For more information contact

  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Board and Council of Chapters meetings

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Board and Council of Chapters meetings

    9:30 am

    FFA Leadership Training Center

    AUGUST MEETING Saturday, August 13, 2016
    Location - Confirmed - Florida FFA Leadership Training Center (Future Farmers of America)
    5000 Firetower Road, Haines City, FL 33844. Overnight and meals reservations will be available in June, 2016. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m.  Contact Juliet Rynear, Administrative Assistant with questions.

    The meeting schedule is posted here under our President's report:,1304.0.html 

    If you are arriving early on Friday and need a place to eat dinner, here are some options near the FFA Leadership Training Center:

    The Port Steak and Seafood Restaurant -

    The Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood Shak -

    Fast food – numerous options along Highway 27


  • Council ChapterBoard and Council of Chapters meetings

    Council Chapter

    Board and Council of Chapters meetings

    9:30 am

    FFA Leadership Training Center, Haines City

    AUGUST MEETING Saturday, August 13, 2016
    Location - Confirmed - Florida FFA Leadership Training Center (Future Farmers of America)
    5000 Firetower Road, Haines City, FL 33844. Overnight and meals reservations will be available in June, 2016. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m.  Contact Juliet Rynear, Administrative Assistant with questions.

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  • Suncoast ChapterChapter Meeting: Wild Orchids of Florida

    Suncoast Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: Wild Orchids of Florida

    7:00 pm

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

    Wally Wilder, a self-educated horticulturalist,  will present "Wild Orchids of Florida" at the Suncoast Native Plant Society monthly meeting in August. Wilder will discuss his wild orchid adventures and share more than 60 photographs of orchids, ranging from common varieties to those that are more rare, including one he discovered in the Ocala National Forest last year. 

    Florida is home to 110 native orchid species, and Wilder seen 80 or 90 of them. He is highly regarded as a leading expert on orchids by horticulturalists throughout the world.

    Wally became interested in orchids when he went rambling in the woods where he was raised in  Apopka, Florida. Discovering unusual plants – especially orchids – “gave me something to look at instead of just walking,”  he said. He recalls discovering his first orchid in the mid-1970s, and he hasn't stopped. 

    In Florida, Wilder has worked with Fakahatchee Strand Preserve in its efforts to restore native orchid species. He also providing equipment to the Soroa Botanical Gardens in Cuba to enable them to grow ochids from seed. 

    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. For more information visit

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  • Pawpaw ChapterSummer Plant Swap and EDC visit

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Summer Plant Swap and EDC visit

    9:00 am

    Central Park, Ormond Beach

    The chapter summer plant swap will be held in Central Park, Ormond Beach.  Afterwards, we will go take a look at the new Environmental Discovery Center and the associated native, butterfly and rain gardens.

    Meet at the Hammock Lane pavilion (across from the tennis courts) at the north end of Central Park at 9am for the plant swap, bring up to 3 native plants to share with other attendees.  After the plant swap Joanna McKasy will lead a tour of the new Environmental Discovery Center (about 11am).

    Map to plant swap location

    For more information on this event, contact Joanna McKasy 386-263-7147 or

  • Suncoast ChapterPlant City Community and Teaching Gardens

    Suncoast Chapter

    Plant City Community and Teaching Gardens

    9:00 am

    2001 E Cherry St. Plant City FL 33563

    The Suncoast Native Plant Society has adopted the native plant garden at the new home of the Plant City Community Garden and Teaching Garden. This is an amazing place with so much potential for the community both as a botanical showcase and educational center for sustainable food and landscaping.

    This month’s fieldtrip will be a tour of the Gardens. Due to the summer heat, we will meet at the Gardens at 9 am, and plan to be there only 1 - 2 hours, then we will head over to the Corner Store for “brunch,” where we can brainstorm our future at the gardens. (The Corner Store offers a variety of fresh, healthy food and many vegetarian options.)

    Presently the plant city site consists of a variety of “gardens” representing native and non-native flora, as well as a common area where individuals grow their own food. There is also a large green house and outside meeting space. This combination of resources will provide the public the opportunity to see the plants, to learn about the benefits of eco-friendly landscaping and how to grow their own food.  They would even be invited to become active participants by purchasing their own garden plot, or attend workshops and hands-on activities on native landscaping.

    SNPS members Gar and Eileen Reed have been maintaining the garden since we adopted it earlier this year, but we want to get more members involved so we can expand the native areas. Personally, I believe this site could be the first true “Botanical Garden” in Hillsborough County, and surpass other botanical gardens as an educational hub for environmental education.

    Karen Elizabeth, president and co-founder of Plant City Commons, will also be on hand to give a short talk on the food and garden plots. Community Gardens share many of the core values of the native plant society, such as encouraging diversity, protecting the environment, and strengthening the community by creating a green economy. Furthermore, they “prioritize the use of Florida native plants for ornamental plantings as the best plant material for conserving Florida’s unique ecosystem.”

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  • TheVillages ChapterPanel Discussion

    TheVillages Chapter

    Panel Discussion

    1:30 pm

    Big Cypress Recreation Center

    Regular Monthly Meeting

    At a previous meeting we asked out members to tell the topics of interest to them. This discussion will attempt to address many of the issues requested.

    Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages, Florida. 32163

    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 ChapterField Trip to Perdido Riverwalk Nature Trail

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Field Trip to Perdido Riverwalk Nature Trail

    7:30 am

    Near Pensacola

    Meet 7:30 AM in parking lot of Publix near northeast corner of Nine Mile Road and Pine Forest Road.  This outstanding loop trail passes through a number of interesting habitats from upland pine woods to the edge of swamp forests along the east bank of the Perdido River (Florida's westernmost river), and features a number of footbridges.  The shady vistas along the riverbank are unsurpassed and provide a pleasant walk even on the hottest of summer days.  We will hike the entire trail, which is about one mile long.  Expected highlights include Pinus palustris (longleaf pine), Ilex opaca (American holly), Quercus laurifolia (diamondleaf oak), Croton michauxii (rushfoil), Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar), Taxodium distichum (bald cypress), Persea palustris (swamp red bay), and Symplocos tinctoria (sweetleaf).  Easy hiking.  Finish by noon.  Leader:  James R. Burkhalter.   

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