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Calendar for -- September 2015

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  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Program

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Program

    7:00 pm

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    TBD

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterSeptember Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    September Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    7:00 pm

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32605

    Attn: This meeting is on the first Tuesday of the month.

    Topic: The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape
    Speaker: Ginny Stibolt

    Our speaker Ginny Stibolt will provide ideas and tools to help people who want to use more native plants in their yards.

    Ginny Stibolt moved to north Florida in 2004, and even though she had gardened all her life and had earned an M.S. in botany at the University of Maryland, she was surprised by how much different gardening is in Florida. She reasoned that if she was having trouble, then others would be interested in learning from her mistakes and successes. So she started writing "The Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener" column for Jacksonville's Florida Times Union and she started keeping a gardening log. Since then she's written about sustainable gardening in Florida for a number of publications and blogs. She has also written three Florida gardening books, which have been published by University of Florida Press.

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  • Pinellas ChapterMonthly Program: Trees Are Cool!

    Pinellas Chapter

    Monthly Program: Trees Are Cool!

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

    This program will be given by Art Finn, arborist for the City of Safety Harbor. Learn about the environmental benefits of trees, best tree species for residential landscapes, and tips for caring for your trees. Come and bring a friend, a snack to share, and/or an extra plant from your garden for the silent auction (natives only, please!). Have questions about what plants to choose for your landscape, or need assistance in identifying a plant? We can help.

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  • SweetBay ChapterPresentation: How to Attract More Birds to Your Yard

    SweetBay Chapter

    Presentation: How to Attract More Birds to Your Yard

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Presented by Ron Houser, local bird and native plant enthusiast

  • Magnolia ChapterProgram - Grasses and Grasslands - 4 Speakers

    Magnolia Chapter

    Program - Grasses and Grasslands - 4 Speakers

    7:00 pm

    Room 1024 in the King Life Sciences Building on the FSU Campus

    Local native plant experts will present how to understand, appreciate and conserve important native grasses and their grassland habitats. Competing in the natural landscape against towering trees, massive shrubs, entangling vines and beautiful wildflowers, native grasses are easy to overlook. Yet, grasses fill important roles sustaining the ecology of our marshes, dunes, savannahs, prairies and glades.

    Dr. Loran Anderson, FSU’s Godfrey Herbarium Director Emeritus, will introduce the Grasses, speaking on what a grass is, what its flowers look like, and why grasses are economically important.

    Dr. Ann Johnson, an ecologist with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), will explain what grasslands are, where to find them, and why there are no trees.

    Fritz Wettstein, native plant enthusiast, will discuss how to encourage native grasses in gardens, yards and natural areas.

    Leigh Brooks, local conservation advocate and past Magnolia Chapter president living in Chattahoochee, will wrap up the presentation with a discussion of Grassland Conservation in the Gadsden and Jackson County Glades.

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  • Pinellas ChapterField Trip: Environmental Projects at Fort DeSoto

    Pinellas Chapter

    Field Trip: Environmental Projects at Fort DeSoto

    7:00 am

    Fort DeSoto County Park, Tierra Verde

    See firsthand a few of the projects that have been done at Fort DeSoto County Park in south Pinellas County to improve water quality, biodiversity, recreation opportunities, and aesthetic appeal. Debbie Chayet, Senior Grants Specialist for Pinellas County, will lead this outing.

    Entry fee for the park is $5/car; tolls for the Pinellas Bayway are $0.75 and $0.50. Those who wish to carpool in to reduce the number of cars/cost may meet at the Publix parking lot at Bay Pointe Plaza, 5295 34th Street South, in St. Petersburg at 6:30 a.m..

    The group will met at 7:00 a.m. at North Beach, near the restrooms.

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  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    8:00 am

    Wolf Creek Rd., Whigham, GA

    Come enjoy a morning activity removing exotic invasive plants or otherwise enhancing the property, with an invitation to bring-your-own-lunch and an afternoon stroll.  To join the volunteer list, please contact bethgrant@bellsouth.net.

  • Coccoloba ChapterThe Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape (And our Chapter meeting)

    Coccoloba Chapter

    The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape (And our Chapter meeting)

    7:00 pm

    Page Field Base Operations

  • Lyonia ChapterLyonia Chapter Meeting

    Lyonia Chapter

    Lyonia Chapter Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Rinker Env. Center, Stetson University, DeLand

    Lyonia chapter meetings will now be held on the Stetson Campus at the Rinker Environmental Center, 230 E. Michigan Ave. in DeLand.

    The Lyonia Chapter will meet September through May to coincide with the
    Stetson University semesters. There will be meeting and field trips alternating
    by month.

    Please note that the first meeting will be Tuesday evening, September 8,
    (second Tuesday) at 7 p.m., with introductions and planning for this year.
    We will return to the third Tuesday in November and beyond. October and December
    field trips will be discussed at the September meeting.

    Be sure to stop by on September 8, to kick off a new, exciting year for the
    Lyonia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

    Delicious refreshments will be provided by Pat Sentell and Janet Marks!

  • NatureCoast ChapterLandscaping & Gardening with Florida Native Plants

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Landscaping & Gardening with Florida Native Plants

    7:00 pm

    Land O Lakes Community Center

    This PowerPoint presentation was created through a partnership of the St. Petersburg Audubon Society and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.  The goal is to provide general concepts and principles to consider when creating a home landscape with Florida native plants. These landscapes will be attractive, require less maintenance, support wildlife, conserve natural resources, and celebrate the natural beauty and heritage of Florida!

     

    Bio: Peggy Gretchen is a 18-year member of the Nature Coast Chapter and has been a Pasco Master Gardener for 14 years. In 2007, she won the FNPS Green Palmetto Award for advocacy and service in support of the FNPS mission.

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  • Ixia ChapterTLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    2015 marks the 5th 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 2015 TLC schedule:

    September 12

    October 10

    November 14

    December-n TLC day

     

    For more information contact sallysteinauer@bellsouth.net

  • SeaRocket ChapterEnchanted Forest Garden Workday

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Enchanted Forest Garden Workday

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

    Enchanted Forest Garden Workday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This is the time volunteers spend identifing weeds, and exstacting them, trimming spent growth, and seasonally collecting seed for later propigation.
     

  • Coontie ChapterGo Native Plant Sale

    Coontie Chapter

    Go Native Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Fern Forest NC, 201 Lyons Rd S, Coconut Creek, FL

    A variety of native plant nurseries and vendors will be displaying and selling plants native to south Florida. Other plants said to be beneficial to butterflies and wildlife will also be sold there. Sale 9am - 1 pm.

  • Coccoloba ChapterA Beach Walk with Dr. Tonya Clayton

    Coccoloba Chapter

    A Beach Walk with Dr. Tonya Clayton

    9:00 am

    Lovers Key Beach

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Field Trip

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Seminole State Forest Warea Tract

    We are going to the Warea Tract, located just across the Orange County line in Lake County to see the rare Warea amplexifolia and many other wildflowers. Our leader will be Mike Martin of the Florida Forest Service.

    Details to come.

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    TNC's Phipps Preserve on Alligator Point

    Field trip to The Nature Conservancy's Phipps Preserve on Alligator Point

  • Coontie ChapterPrivate Tour of Bug Research Lab & Garden

    Coontie Chapter

    Private Tour of Bug Research Lab & Garden

    9:00 am

    3225 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

    Dr. Ellen Lake and Eileen Pokorny take us for a private tour of the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, a mass rearing facility for entomology research, and the KIND (Keep It Native Demonstration) garden at the lab.

  • NatureCoast Chaptera quiet walk through Cypress Lakes Preserve

    NatureCoast Chapter

    a quiet walk through Cypress Lakes Preserve

    10:00 am

    Cypress Lakes Preserve, 32375 Cortez Blvd. Ridge Manor, FL 34602

    Join us for a quiet walk through Cypress Lakes Preserve, led by Jim King, Conservation Lands Specialist for Hernando County. The walk will be shaded and since we are starting early, we should avoid most of the heat. Cypress Lakes Preserve is a 331 acre preserve that contains 8 natural plant communities, 5 of which are designated as imperiled. These communities include lakes, freshwater marsh, cypress swamp, bottomland hardwoods, live oak hammocks, scrub, and sandhills. This diversity supports many animals, including some that are threatened or endangered.

     

    Directions: From the west, go east on SR 50 past I-75 about 2.2 miles, turn left on Ridge Manor Blvd. and go about half a mile to the first gate on the left. For those of us who navigate better with landmarks, go under the Withlacoochee State Trail, then across the Withlacoochee River, then take the second left turn after the river onto Ridge Manor Blvd. (there is a brown Ridge Manor Park sign just before the turn and a cypress lake on the left), go to the first gate on the left across from the big field. Park on the side of the road and please do not block the newspaper boxes or the preserve gates.

    From the east, from the intersection of US 301 and SR 50, go west on SR 50 about 1.5 miles to the first traffic light at the intersection of SR 50 and US 98, turn right on Olancha Road and go about one half mile to the gate on Ridge Manor Blvd.  For landmarks, look for the Shell gas station on the right at the light, on the corner of 98 and 50. The gate is at the end of Olancha Road. Park on the side of the road and please do not block the newspaper boxes or the preserve gates.

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  • Sumter ChapterReducing Water Usage with Native Plants

    Sumter Chapter

    Reducing Water Usage with Native Plants

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Communtiy Building, 2427 County Road 522, Sumterville, FL

    Loyd Singleton, Florida Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture Agent with the University of Florida's Extension Service will present: "Reducing Water Usage with Native Plants".

    Lloyd has been with the UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension for over 5 years. He's Sr. Instructor for the state Green Industries Best Management Practices, training required for landscaper's commercial urban fertilizer license. He has trained over 400 landscape professionals.

    Please join us for the above program, refreshments and a native plant raffle.

  • Conradina ChapterKissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

    Conradina Chapter

    Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

    6:00 pm

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

    Carol Hebert will give a short presentation on her completing a Master Naturalist class in Coastal Habitats.

    Tim Kozusco will speak about Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.

     

  • Hernando ChapterEcosystems of Hernando County

    Hernando Chapter

    Ecosystems of Hernando County

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill - Brooksville

    Please note that our public program is the 2nd Monday due to the Labor Day Holiday. Then join us to explore the diverse natural systems that make up the landscapes of Hernando County. We will describe the characteristics and plant populations that disinquish the sandhill from the hammock. 

  • Pawpaw ChapterSept. Chapter Meeting

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Sept. Chapter Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    Program TBA

    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.

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  • Heartland ChapterPresentation-Heartland Chapter

    Heartland Chapter

    Presentation-Heartland Chapter

    6:30 pm

    Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, FL

    Speaker: TBD

    Topic: TBD

  • Coontie ChapterBroward Butterfly (NABA) Hydroponic gardening

    Coontie Chapter

    Broward Butterfly (NABA) Hydroponic gardening

    6:30 pm

    Tree Top Park, Oak Ridge Rm, 3900 SW 100th Avenue, Davie

    This event is hosted by the Broward Butterfly Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. They recently moved to this Tree Top Park location and we wanted you to know.

    September's speaker is Karen Malkoff about "Hydroponic gardening and member garden".

     

  • SeaOats ChapterSt Johns County Naturalist

    SeaOats Chapter

    St Johns County Naturalist

    7:00 pm

    St Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A S, 32080

    He’s an instructor for the Florida Master Naturalist Program and leads numerous walks and kayak trips throughout the area.  We’re excited to host the St Johns County Naturalist, AyoLane Halusky, who’ll be coming for a chat, undoubtedly on a variety of amazing topics.  

    Plant raffle and refreshments.  Doors open 6:30.

     

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  • Ixia ChapterGeneral Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    General Meeting

    6:30 pm

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

    Anne Cox, President of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) will speak at the September 16th meeting of the Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. She will discuss the many activities and initiatives that the state organization supports to fulfill its mission to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plant communities of Florida.  Members and non-members of FNPS should attend this meeting to learn more about the Florida Native Plant society's role as a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to preserving Florida's native plant legacy through science, education and grassroots advocacy.

    Anne Cox has been a member of the Florida Native Plant Society since September 1982. She is currently a member of the FNPS CocoPlum Chapter in Martin County. However over the years, Anne has moved around Florida and has been a member of the Palm Beach, Magnolia, Heartland and Martin County Chapters, serving as program chair for Heartland and Cocoplum chapters. Anne started the Land Management Partner’s committee for FNPS in 2004. She continued as LMP Chair promoting FNPS involvement with state lands until 2014, when she accepted the position of President of FNPS, and will serve until May 2016.  

     

    Education includes a Ph.D. in Biology from Florida International University in Miami, FL (1998), M.S. and B.S in Biology from Florida Atlantic University (1988 and 1982). Anne has worked with Pine Jog Environmental Science Center, private consultants, Palm Beach County ERM, University of Florida (research biologist at TNC’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve), Florida Division of Florida (Rare Plant Coordinator at the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest) and FSU through Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI). 

     

    In 2004, when Anne retired from Forestry, she started an environmental consulting company, Ecolo-G, Inc. The majority of consulting services include research and conservation studies on private and state owned managed lands. Rare plant studies include the Four-petal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera), wide-leaf Warea (Warea amplexifolia), and Perforate Lichen (Cladonia perforata) and surveys for listed plant species in central Florida. Conservation projects includes baseline wetland studies in the Upper Kissimmee Basin for South Florida Water Management and Invasive species mapping for FNAI. Anne currently lives in Stuart Florida and serves on the Advisory Board for the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park; is a past member of the steering committees for the SE Florida Scrub Ecosystem Working Group and the Treasure Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). She belongs to a number of conservation organizations, including Bok Tower Gardens, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Association of Native Nurseries, Natural Areas Association and the Florida Native Plant Society. 

     

    Please note that this meeting will be held on Wednesday, due to a scheduling conflict.

     

     

  • Suncoast ChapterChampion Trees and State Forest Services

    Suncoast Chapter

    Champion Trees and State Forest Services

    7:00 pm

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

    The Champion Tree Program was created by the American Forests organization in 1940, to recognize the largest known tree of each species in the United States. American Forests publishes their National Register of Big Trees every two years. The 2012 edition of the Register includes 111 Florida species, many of which are only found in the tropical region of the state. Florida now has the most national champions of any state. The largest National Champion tree in Florida is a native Bald Cypress located in Hamilton County. This tree measures 557 inches in circumference, stands 84 feet tall, and carries a crown spread of 49 feet.
     
    Florida began keeping a state register, the Florida Champion Tree Register, in 1975 to recognize the largest tree of each species within this state. It now contains hundreds of trees, including the national champions. All native and non-invasive naturalized tree species are eligible for nomination.
    Although not a national champion, The Senator was the largest native tree of any kind in Florida until its demise in January, 2012. This gigantic baldcypress overlooked Big Tree Park in Seminole County from a height of 118 feet.  It measured 425 inches in circumference, and spread its crown over an average of 57 feet.
     
    Corey Walk is the Cooperative Forestry Assistance (CFA) Forester for Hillsborough County and a native of central Florida.He will also discuss other programs that the Florida Forest Service offers to Florida residents.  
     

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  • PineLily ChapterNative Plant Design with Karina Veaudry, RLA

    PineLily Chapter

    Native Plant Design with Karina Veaudry, RLA

    6:30 pm

    First United Methodist Church, Kissimmee

    Karina Veaudry, RLA of NFC Landscape Architects, Inc. will give a presentation on Native Plant Design.

    Karina is the former Executive Director of the Florida Native Plant Society. Program is free and the public is welcome.

    First United Methodist Church
    101 W. Dakin Av,
    Administration Building 2nd Floor
    Kissimmee FL 34741

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  • Suncoast ChapterSeptember Fieldtrip

    Suncoast Chapter

    September Fieldtrip

    8:15 am

    Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve, 2469 Patrinostro Rd, Plant City, FL 33565

    Blackwater  CreekThe Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve in Plant City promises to have a great display of fall wildflowers. Two SNPS members visited the preserve in July and the goldenrod, narrow-leaf sunflowers and paintbrush were already starting to bloom. The pristine habitats include pine flatwoods, palmetto prairie and riverine swamp, interspersed with oak hammock, cypress swamp, freshwater marsh and wet prairie. In addition to its diverse plant life, deer, wild turkey, Sherman's fox squirrel, and a variety of birds may be seen.

    The loop is 4 miles, but there are cross trails to return sooner for those who prefer a shorter hike. For those who do the entire hike, expect to be in the preserve for at least 4 hours. But, you don't have to walk far to appreciate the beauty of this preserve. From the parking lot, the trail traverses a couple miles of pine flatwoods  filled with sweeping grasses and colorful wildflowers. Plants in the pine flatwoods include a dense understory of saw palmetto, gallberry, wax myrtle, wiregrass, and broomsedge. Drier areas contain sand live oak, paw paw, shiny blueberry, while wet areas are dotted with hat pins, gallberry, and St. John's wort.

    Our halfway stop will be Blackwater Creek,  where we will stop for lunch while enjoying beautiful views of the water. This area of the preserve is also known for its diverse plant life. Canopy species include bald cypress, cabbage palm, American elm, pop ash, black gum, water oak, laurel oak, water hickory, red maple, and hackberry. Shrubs under the tree canopy include buttonbush, bumelia, swamp dogwood, shiny lyonia, wax myrtle, and wild coffee.

    The preserve is also dotted with cypress swamp, wet prairie and freshwater marshes where we are sure to see many more plants, such as pipe wort, marsh pennywort, smart weed, broomsedge, and soft rush. Deeper wetlands support pickerelweed, duck potato, soft rush, and spikerush. variety of ferns, spoon flower, lizard’s tail, day flower, star rush, wild petunia, and water grass may also be seen.

    As usual, bring plenty of water, insect repellant and sunscreen. Also, if you plan to hike to the river, bring a lunch or snacks.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterSeptember Field Trip, 8:15am - 1pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    September Field Trip, 8:15am - 1pm

    8:15 am

    Thelma Boltin Center, 516. NE 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL

    Field Trip: Florida Friendly Landscape and Garden Tour

    The event starts at the Thelma Boltin Center for registration, exhibits, handouts, maps and a presentation. Following this introduction, participants wiill tour the selected landscapes at their own pace. The landscape sites will have Alachua County Master Gardner volunteers as guides. The landscape sites are located in the historic Duckpond area of Gainesville.

  • Hernando ChapterFall Native Plant Sale at Chinsegut Hill

    Hernando Chapter

    Fall Native Plant Sale at Chinsegut Hill

    9:00 am

    Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville

    The Hernando Chapter will host the 2015 fall plant sale at Chinsegut Hill. Local native plant growers will be on hand to supply species for your west central Florida landscape. Come early for the best selection! Sale runs from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

    Here's the map to historic Chinsegut Hill Retreat.

  • Ixia ChapterField Trip

    Ixia Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Down to Earth Farm

    IXIA CHAPTER OF THE FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY FIELD TRIP

    September 19, 2015

    Field Trip Location: DOWN TO EARTH FARM

    Meet-up time at the Farm is 9:00 am

    9355 Old Plank Road, Maxville

    Down to Earth Farm is a small sustainable farm in Jacksonville,  owned and operated by Brian and Kristin Lapinski who are committed to growing their veggies sustainably through the use of home-grown compost, crop rotation, and by-hand planting, weeding and squishing of unwanted bugs.

    Brian’s recent presentation, “Soil – a Love Story”,  at IXIA’s June meeting was a smash hit. Don’t miss seeing this “rock star” in action as he teaches us first-hand what he talked about at the June meeting.

    Wear closed-toe shoes and prepare to protect your arms and legs from the pesky bugs. If lost, call Jake at 635-6948.

    Find more  information about IXIA  and our events at

    www.ixia.fnpschapters.org

    http://www.facebook.com/fnps.ixia

    Down to Earth Farm can be found at

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Down-to-Earth-Farm/107610712640912

    http://downtoearthjax.com

     

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  • Council ChapterMonthly Council Meeting

    Council Chapter

    Monthly Council Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Online: GoToMeeting

    Monthly online Council meetings are for Chapter Representatives due to limited GoToMeeting seating capacity. Representatives will receive an email invitation with a connection link (or alternative call-in phone number & code) prior to the meeting. If you would like to attend but are not on the Society Contacts list as a Chapter Representative, contact Council Chair, Dave Feagles at FeaglesD@MSN.com.

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  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa Chapter - September General Meeting

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa Chapter - September General Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Salt Barrens on the Gulf Coast 

    Don’t let the name fool you! These rare and threatened habitats host many forms of life—from the familiar to the enigmatic. Author Tonya Clayton, will share the wonders of salt barrens and show how to read the stories they are telling us about sea level rise.

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  • TheVillages ChapterEarly Morning Guided Walk

    TheVillages Chapter

    Early Morning Guided Walk

    12:00 am

    Early morning guided hike through FNPS member and Master Gardener Pat Leach’s property where 80 acres are managed as a natural area.

    Field trips and  Workshops are sponsored by The Villages Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. First-time guests are welcome to attend a general meeting, but all workshops and field trips are limited to paid FNPS members. Seats are limited. We will attempt to schedule at least two sessions for each event to accommodate as many as possible. Sign-up sheets will be at our regular meeting. Detailed information will be listed on the calendar.

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  • SeaRocket ChapterGeneral Membership Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    General Membership Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

    General Membership Meeting - every 4th Wednesday of the Month. Dr. Jay Barnhart, retired forensic pathologist and avid amateur mycologist will be giving a visual presentation entitled “WHAT IS THIS FUNGUS AMONG US? THE 10 EASY ID’S.”, based on local observations in the Space Coast Area. Learn about Mushroom Facts, Fables, Folklore and Fun in this narrated interactive slide show. Be sure to bring a potted native plant to the meeting. Go home with a different plant

     

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  • Pawpaw ChapterField Trip - Trail walks in Ocala National Forest

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Field Trip - Trail walks in Ocala National Forest

    12:00 am

    Clearwater Lake Recreation Area, Paisley

    Trail walks with Dr. Susan Carr at Cleawater Lake Recreation Area in the south end of Ocala National Forest, off state road 42 near Paisley.

    Details TBA
     

  • LongleafPine ChapterField Trip to Oak Tree Nature Park

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Field Trip to Oak Tree Nature Park

    7:30 am

    Mary Esther

    Meet 7:30 AM at Wayside Park near north end of Pensacola Bay Bridge in parking lot by visitor information center, or go directly to the Nature Park (south of Hollywood Blvd just west of intersection with Doolittle Blvd) in Mary Esther, FL.  We will hike the perimeter trail, which goes through a large xeric hammock forest traversed by a small creek, to observe the many native species typical of this dry upland habitat.  Expected highlights include rusty staggerbush (Lyonia ferruginea), woody goldenrod (Chrysoma pauciflosculosa), and two species of Persea:  P. borbonia (red bay) and P. palustris (swamp bay).  Easy hiking.  Finish by early afternoon.  Leader:  James R. Burkhalter.

  • SeaRocket ChapterNational Public Lands Day and Plant Sale

    SeaRocket Chapter

    National Public Lands Day and Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

    This is National Public Lands Day. Sea Rocket is invested in the Enchanted Forest which is celebrating NPLD with Pizza for all volunteers, either helping Sea Rocket mulch and care for the butterfly Gardens or helping the Brevard County at the Enchanted Forest. Sea Rocket is also doing a Native Plant Sale as well. The Work Day will begin at 9:00 AM and the Plant Sale will begin at 10:00 AM. 
     

  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL

  • SeaRocket ChapterField Trip Announcement

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Field Trip Announcement

    9:00 am

    Helen and Allan Cruickshank Sanctruary

    Hosted by Dr. Paul Schmalzer

    Saturday September 26, 2015  from 0900-1200

    This sanctuary is a joint acquisition of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and the State of Florida, acquired in 1995 with later additions. Vegetation is pine flatwoods, oak scrub, and freshwater depression marshes. Prescribed burning, mechanical treatment of fuels, and thinning of pines have been done to restore habitat conditions. There has been a positive response of the Florida Scrub-Jay population to habitat restoration. Several rare plants occur in the sanctuary.

    Directions: Central Rockledge just west of US Highway 1, 360 Barnes Boulevard.

    From I-95: Take Fiske Blvd Exit 195. At the intersection just north of I-95, go east on Barnes Boulevard 2.4 miles to the Sanctuary entrance and small parking area.

    From US-1: Turn west onto Barnes Blvd and travel 0.5 miles. The Sanctuary entrance is on the north side of the road.

    Bring hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellant.

     

  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa Chapter - September Field Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa Chapter - September Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Robinson Preserve, Manatee County

    A wagon ride with Tonya Clayton and Damon Moore to look at salt barrens in this 600-acre coastal preserve transformed back to coastal and wetland habitats from farmland. Robinson boasts some of the best birding along the Gulf. Space is limited to 20. Bikers/hikers may tag along behind!

  • SweetBay ChapterPark Appreciation Day

    SweetBay Chapter

    Park Appreciation Day

    2:00 pm

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

    Beach cleanup in the mornig.

    Food, live music and activities for the whole family beginning at 2:00 PM EST

    More information to follow

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  • Coontie ChapterHike Hole-In-The-Donut with Steve Woodmansee

    Coontie Chapter

    Hike Hole-In-The-Donut with Steve Woodmansee

    8:30 am

    Meet: Coe Visitor Center, Everglades Park

    This is a joint field trip hosted by the Dade Chapter (Broward folks are welcome).
    Hole-In-The-Donut is a Restoration Area within Everglades National Park.
     
    ? Meet at Coe Visitor Center. Arrive in time to make your pit stop. We will leave soon after 8:30. Carpool in if desired. Entrance fee is $10 per car (if no one has a park pass). If you are late, find us near the Research Center (head toward Royal Palm, bear right to Dan Beard Center).
     
    ? Bring/wear: Wear sturdy shoes and pants that can get wet. Bring water, sun protection, bug spray (just in case), and lunch if you would like to picnic afterward. ? Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
     
    ? Questions: Patty (305-255-6404; cell 305-878-5705 for that morning only). There is no cell reception in the HID area.

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