Calendar for -- July 2014

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  • PalmBeach ChapterProject Month

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Project Month

    12:00 pm


    Our chapter will participate in a native plant project.  The date and time will be announced at a later date.  There is no chapter meeting this month

    Visit our chapter calendar for up-to-date information

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Meeting: Mark Sees of Orlando Wetlands Park will speak

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Meeting: Mark Sees of Orlando Wetlands Park will speak

    7:00 pm

    Leu Gardens

    The Orlando Wetlands is the world’s first large scale constructed wetlands, built to help purify Central Florida’s water. Once a cattle pasture, this now thriving wetland marsh has been colonized by an incredible diversity of plants and animals. Come and learn about one of Central Florida’s biodiversity hot spots from Mark Sees, Wetlands Manager at Orlando Wetlands Park. Several of the park’s most unique plants and animals will be highlighted, along with a live guest!


  • Pinellas ChapterMonthly program

    Pinellas Chapter

    Monthly program

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

    Program on Springs Cancelled/Postponed

    New Meeting Topic To Be Announced

    Chris Anastasiou, the leader of the Southwest Florida Water Management District's "Springs Team", will give us insight into the challenges facing springs and springsheds in our region.

    There are more than 150 springs within the District. Many of these springs are part of the five first-magnitude spring groups — Rainbow River, Crystal River/Kings Bay, Homosassa River, Chassahowitzka River and Weeki Wachee River. First-magnitude springs discharge 64.6 million gallons of water per day or more. Together, these five spring groups discharge more than one billion gallons of water per day.

    As a result of population pressure, our springs are threatened by dwindling aquifers and increased nutrient pollution, leading to a decrease in water flow, more algae growth, and lower clarity. What can we do to bring them back to their former glory? Come to this meeting to find out.

  • Coontie ChapterSea Turtle Nesting at John U Lloyd SP

    Coontie Chapter

    Sea Turtle Nesting at John U Lloyd SP

    8:45 pm

    John U Lloyd State Park

    Join the Broward Chapter and a State Park Ranger Wednesday evening for this special opportunity to see our local sea turtles nest. We will meet around a campfire at the Sea Grape Pavilion (directions at the entrance booth; Park Fee: car & lone driver = $4; car & 2-8 people = $6). Learn about sea turtles in the past, present and future. Participants will be greeted by the Park Ranger, receive an informational brochure, and browse through an assortment of sea turtle displays.

    Program includes a Ranger talk with a 20-minute slide presentation, followed by a question and answer period. While the program is taking place, a scout will search for a nesting Loggerhead sea turtle. A beach walk will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Park Service. 

    If a thunderstorm with lightening is expected, the event could be cancelled. To confirm (if the weather report or sky is ominous) call Richard at (954) 661-6289 or call the park at (954) 923-2833. Group reservation is with the Broward Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society by invitation of Carmelo Duessler, Park Ranger and Manager.

    Dress appropriately: walking shoes, long pants, & insect repellent are recommended. No flash photography will be permitted. See you there tomorrow evening!

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  • Tarflower ChapterWeed & Feed!

    Tarflower Chapter

    Weed & Feed!

    9:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden

    9a.m. to 11a.m. We will work on removing WEEDS (specifically, Mexican clover (Richardia brasiliensis) and camphor seedlings) in and around our plantings in the longleaf pine/sandhill area. If we have enough volunteers, we may work in other areas, as well.

    11a.m. to noon We will STOP WEEDING AND PREPARE FOR PICNIC! Catherine Bowman and Ron Blair will bring hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers to grill.  Bring a side dish and your picnic blanket. Ron will bring croquet; does someone have badminton or frisbee? (Pete says no lawn darts.) 

    Let us know ASAP if you can come so we know how much food to bring! Contact Catherine at 407-627-5883  or for details or to RSVP.

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  • Tarflower ChapterJuly Field Trip

    Tarflower Chapter

    July Field Trip

    8:00 am

    Econ River Wilderness Area

    Jim Duby will lead us on a hike through the Econ River Wilderness Area in search of snakes and other herps. We will also see and discuss a recently burned area.

    Meet at 8a.m. at 3795 Old Lockwood Road in Oviedo.

    If you would like to carpool, meet at the Wendy’s at University Blvd. and Rouse Rd. at 7:30a.m.

    For more information, contact Catherine Bowman at 407-637-5883, 407-761-7109 or


  • 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.

    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- Phone is 388-4392.  Leave a message if no answer.

  • Pinellas ChapterField Trip

    Pinellas Chapter

    Field Trip

    8:30 am

    Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

    Join us for a boat cruise on one of Florida’s first magnitude springs. This historic tourist attraction, now a state park, still has the mermaid shows, reptile shows and river boat ride, all included in the price of admission.

    Adult: $13.00, Child (Ages 6 - 12): $8.00, Children 5 and under: FREE.

    Car pool departs 8:30 am from Lowe's parking lot, Clearwater Mall, Gulf to Bay Blvd at US Hwy 19 N. Or meet at Weeki Wachee parking lot near entrance at 9:45 am. There are several concessions or bring a brown bag lunch. Carpool will return to Clearwater around 2 p.m.

    Directions: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is located at the intersection of S.R. 50 and Hwy. 19 (6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606). Travel distance and time from Clearwater Mall to Weeki Wachee Springs is 43 miles and approximately 1.2 hours. Adjust according to your start destination. Visit the web site:

    Please RSVP to Jan Allyn:

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  • Pawpaw ChapterJuly Chapter Meeting - native Pollinators

    Pawpaw Chapter

    July Chapter Meeting - native Pollinators

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    The July program will be Native Pollinators with Kevin Bagwell of Full Moon Nursery.

    Rodney Dangerfield plant of the month: Wood Germander - Teucrium canadense - by Sonya Guidry

    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.

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  • Suncoast ChapterRare and Endangered Wildflowers of Florida

    Suncoast Chapter

    Rare and Endangered Wildflowers of Florida

    4:00 pm

    Nature's Classroom, 3100 Verges Rd, Thonotosassa, FL 33592

    by Roger L Hammer, award-winning author, botanist and photographer.  

    Joint Meeting of  the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (SNPS), Tampa Audubon Society and the Tampa Bay Sierra Club. Hosted by SNPS.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014:  4 -6 pm -Tour of Nature's Classroom,  6-7 pm- Potluck Dinner (bring a dish), 7 pm - Presentation by Roger Hammer. Note, this is in a different location to accomodate a larger attendanceLocation: Nature's Classroom, 3100 Verges Rd, Thonotosassa, FL 33592Roger Hammer

    As Florida's population grows, the habitat for native plant species shrinks. Wildflower species that depend on a certain environment to exist are being reduced by residential and commercial development and the proliferation of invasive plant species. From the Panhandle to the Lake Wales Ridge to the Everglades, at least 421 plants in Florida are listed as endangered and 113 additional species are listed as threatened. What are they and why should we save them? 

    Renowned Florida naturalist, Roger Hammer,  will bring you on a photographic and  informational journey to discover the rare and endangered wildflowers of Florida, including some special orchids.  A retired senior naturalist for the Miami-Dade Parks Department, and author of several popular guides to the wildflowers of southern Florida, Roger Hammer is well versed in endangered plants, and is a highly sought after speaker. His entertaining and informative programs are enriched with his beautiful photography. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to attend this joint program and hear Roger speak about the rare and endangered plant species of Florida. 

    Bio of Speaker: Roger Hammer is a well known author and photographer, with several excellent guides to Wildflowers of the Everglades and the Keys, with two new books to be released this year: Everglades Wildflowers, 2nd Edition and Hummingbird & Butterfly Gardening in Tropical Florida . He holds an Honorary Doctor of Science from Florida International University (2012, and has received numerous awards for his work as a naturalist from the Florida Native Plant Society, Audubon Society and the North American Butterfly Association. He is a sought after speaker and a keynote speaker at many state conferences. A retired senior naturalist for the Miami-Dade parks department, Roger is also a board member of the Tropical Audubon Society and a part-time instructor at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. 


  • FNPS ChapterBoard of Directors meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    Board of Directors meeting

    7:00 pm


    The July Board of Directors meeting will be a teleconference meeting.  GoToMeeting announcement will be sent out the first of July.  Officers and Committee Chairs, please post updates for Wiki and send in budget items to Treasurer.  Please have Reports posted by the 14th.

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  • Suncoast ChapterJuly Field Trip

    Suncoast Chapter

    July Field Trip

    12:00 am

    Pine Lily nursery

    The nursery is pleasant and has good variety. They are near Ona -- if timed to coincide with blooming butterfly orchids, finishing at Solomon's Castle is worthwhile -- they have a small restaurant that is unique and reasonably good, and there are many butterfly orchids in the live oaks.

  • 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!


  • Pawpaw ChapterSummer Plant Swap

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Summer Plant Swap

    9:00 am

    Central Park (Hammock Ln)

    The Pawpaw Chapter will hold the annual summer native plant swap on Saturday , July 19 at 9am at the Central Park pavilion at 601 Hammock Lane in Ormond Beach.  This is the northmost section of the park.

    Please bring 3-4 established bonified native plants to swap.  the plant swap is open to the public. So those that do not have native plants to share at this time are more than welcome to participate. Our chapter members are happy to have our potted plants find new homes.

    Thanks to Kim Johnson for organizing the location for this year's event. For more information contact Kim at or 386-697-2095

    Directions to Ormond Beach Central Park's Hammock Lane site: From Nova Rd, Turn East on Division, Turn North (left) on Old Kings Rd, then East (right) on Hammock lane. The parking area and picnic shelter will be on your left.

    In addition to the plant swap, we will take a plant ID walk around the paved trails, and plan to eat our sack lunch there at Central Park. Bring water, your own picnic lunch, and wear clothes appropriate to the weather.

  • SeaRocket ChapterButterfly Garden Workday CANCELLED

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Butterfly Garden Workday CANCELLED

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780

    The Butterfly Garden workday has been cancelled dur to the Sea Rocket Annual membership Party on the 20th.

  • Dade ChapterField Trip

    Dade Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:30 am

    Arch Creek & Enchanted Forest Park

    Gwen Burzycki will lead a Short Summer Stroll to Arch Creek and Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Parks.  These two parks are located in North Miami and are contiguous, but one is owned by the City of North Miami, and the other is a Miami-Dade County Park.  Both are largely forested with tropical hardwood hammock, so it should be relatively cool and shady despite the summer heat.

  • SeaRocket ChapterAnnual Member appreciation picnic

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Annual Member appreciation picnic

    2:00 pm

    Fox Lake Park in Titusville

    The Member Apprecation Picnic will be held at Fox Lake Park in Titusville. The grill will be started at 2:00pm. There will be kayaking, If you have a kayak bring it, good eats, this is a covered dish picnic, there is planned to be a guided hike with a twist, bring water tight shoes or boots, bug juice, a hat, sun screen, and water. also consider bringing a chair as only benches are provided. Sea Rocket will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, bread, and paperware. We ask that y'all bring your own plates and utensiles. The management of Sea Rocket look forward to seeing y'all there.  

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  • SeaRocket ChapterSea Rocket Monthly Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Sea Rocket Monthly Meeting

    12:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    The July meeting has been cancelled due to a schedualed Summer break. There is no Meeting planned for July.

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  • LongleafPine ChapterField trip to Baycliff Nature Preserve and Shoreline Park

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Field trip to Baycliff Nature Preserve and Shoreline Park

    7:30 am

    Gulf Breeze, FL

    Meet 7:30 AM at parking lot of Visitor Information Center in Wayside Park at north end of Pensacola Bay Bridge.  Easy hiking.  Finish by about noon.  Expected highlights:  huge population of ladies eardrop vine (Brunnichia ovata) and giant rosemallow (Hibiscus grandiflorus) at Baycliff Preserve and recently-improved nature trail at Shoreline Park.  Leader:  James Burkhalter.  

  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Ann Dever Memorial Park at Oyster Creek

    6791 San Casa Dr, Englewood, FL 34224

  • Dade ChapterAnnual Yard Visit & Social Meeting

    Dade Chapter

    Annual Yard Visit & Social Meeting

    4:00 pm

    SW Miami-Dade County

    Join us at the home of Bill Shores in SW Miami-Dade County for a relaxing afternoon that includes a casual yard tour, potluck dinner and socializing.  The usual plant raffle wraps up the evening. 

    Who is invited:  FNPS members and their guests.

  • Council ChapterCouncil Meeting (Sunday Eve)

    Council Chapter

    Council Meeting (Sunday Eve)

    7:15 pm

    GoToMeeting Online

    Council Reps (including Chapter Presidents who serve dual roles) will receive an email invitation a few days before this event. That email will have the GoToMeeting number and link. Sorry, we can't post that information here.

    Use your Chapter Logon to access Rep Contact information (after Logon, in the footer under "Chapter Membership Tools"). Make sure your Rep Contact information is correct. There is an email link at the top for correcting any errors.

    Anyone wishing to attend this online meeting who is not a Represenative may send an email to Julie Becker, requesting a seat. Seats are limited to 25 (for technological reasons) but have not filled to capacilty. Represenatives would have priority if capacilty were a problem and we would try to increase future capacity.

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