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Calendar for -- March 2015

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  • Suncoast ChapterWork Day: Removing Exotics to make way for Natives

    Suncoast Chapter

    Work Day: Removing Exotics to make way for Natives

    12:00 am

    Sweetwater Organic Farms, 7318 West Comanche Ave, Tampa, FL

    Join the Suncoast chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society for a workday at Sweetwater Farms, creating a native plant trail for teaching school children about Florida native plants. 
     
    Bring your hat, gloves, sunscreen and water. Sweetwater is providing the tools and Suncoast is providing the coffee and bagels for breakfast. 
     
    After we finish battling the exotics, stick around to savor the Community Farmer's Market that Sweetwater Farms holds every Sunday from noon to 4PM.  The pizza is fantastic and the veggie burgers are to die for.
     
    Come check out the farm, listen to great music, have a picnic lunch, shop for local produce and environmentally-friendly products, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy their orchard and gardens.
     
    Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Meeting - Certified Florida-Friendly Yards

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Meeting - Certified Florida-Friendly Yards

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville

    Florida Master Gardener Lilly Browning will tell us what is necessary to get certified as "Florida Friendly." This Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program recognizes homeowners who use environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping practices. Certified Florida-Friendly yards minimize the use of potable water for irrigation, avoid the runoff of excess fertilizers and pesticides from the yard, and provide habitats for wildlife. Florida's native plants make a natural foundation for Florida Friendly yards!

    Our meetings and public programs are held at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville FL 34601 -  Click here for map; refreshments and mingling at 6:30pm, program starts at 7:00pm.

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  • Cocoplum ChapterNative Plants in a School Environment: How Did They Do?

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Native Plants in a School Environment: How Did They Do?

    7:00 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, Jensen Beach, FL

    Kirsi Johnson, teacher at Anderson Middle School, will tell us how her students learned about, then decided to add native plants to their school's seven acre site.

    Anderson Middle School received grant funding in 2013 to install a student-created native plant community. The presentation shares the successes and challenges of creating such a habitat on school grounds, and planned future garden projects.

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Program: Fascinating Ferns with Rick Ehle

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Program: Fascinating Ferns with Rick Ehle

    7:00 pm

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

         We love seeing them at parks, in forests and in our own backyards — low, green, feathery, lacy, usually shade loving ferns. There are some 164 native species in Florida and about 74 species that we commonly see in the interior parts of East Central Florida. Have you seen all of these? Do you know that some non-native ferns have become expensive-to-control invasive exotics? Did you just think “what the heck are fern allies”? What ferns do you have in your backyard? If you don’t know, bring in a piece before the meeting for identification.
         Rick Ehle and Catherine Bowman are both past presidents of the Tarflower Chapter; Rick was the first president of the Seminole County Cuplet Fern Chapter, which split off from Tarflower in 2010. Rick is a dedicated, botanist and tireless researcher of botanical history and taxonomy. For example, as there had been a bit of trouble identifying the various Liatris (blazing star) species in Florida in his Facebook Group, Florida Botany II, Rick just finish putting together ID tables to sort out the 12 species of Liatris in Central Florida by the differences in their stems, type of inflorescence, and details of their flower parts (you may email Rick or Catherine for a copy). He and fellow FNPS member, Bea Stein started Florida Botany on Facebook – now with 2,000 members.
         Catherine has been an ecological consultant and field botanist since 1993, starting her own ecological consulting and design firm in 2014.
         Come to the Tarflower Chapter meeting on March 3 and learn more about some very interesting non-flowering plants. The meeting formally begins at 7:00, but come early, as there will be an opportunity to buy, among other great plant books, some fern field guides (secret tip: you may want a reference for the follow-up fieldtrip/fern ID workshop on March 21). Come have some refreshments, chat with FNPS members and guests about some of Florida’s plant and plant communities. 

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  • Tarflower ChapterPlant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    Tarflower Chapter

    Plant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    8:00 am

    Kerina Parkside

    Salvages at Kerina Parkside to continue on the following dates. If you can participate, please contact Jackie Rolly at j.y.rolly@att.net, or 407-620-6963 for more information and a map to the salvage location.
     
    Meet at 8:00 AM at Tract 2, located off Buenavista Woods Blvd off Apopka Vineland.    
     
    Other salvage dates:
    Saturday, March 7

  • Pinellas ChapterBotany Projects in the Florida Park Service Southwest District

    Pinellas Chapter

    Botany Projects in the Florida Park Service Southwest District

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

    This presentation is an overview of how botany is used in District 4 to meet the Florida Park Service’s mission. Plants are essential to interpreting, preserving, and restoring Florida’s natural resources and legacy communities.

    The Florida Park Service's Southwest Florida District strives to give our botanical species the attention they deserve. This presentation will provide a brief tour of the District's herbaria, present highlights of current field work, including surveying, monitoring and exotics management, and discuss a few of the challenges related to the importance of plants and plant management in conservation.

    Rosalind Rowe is an Environmental Specialist with the Florida Park Service.

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  • SweetBay ChapterPresentation: Native Grasses by John Bente

    SweetBay Chapter

    Presentation: Native Grasses by John Bente

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Join us for our monthly meeting and presentation by John Bente who will tell us about  restoration of seepage slopes and wet prairies on NW Florida State Park managed lands.

  • Magnolia ChapterAmy Jenkins - Harperocallis

    Magnolia Chapter

    Amy Jenkins - Harperocallis

    7:00 pm

    Room 1024, King Bldg., FSU campus

    Amy Jenkins will speak about Harperocallis and other endangered plants of the ANF.

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  • Pinellas ChapterWildflower Wayside Shrine Trail

    Pinellas Chapter

    Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail

    7:00 am

    Field Trip

    Science, art, and the natural world come together in the Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail, a walking trail that explores pristine scrubland. Developed through a partnership between the SFSC Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) and Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, the trail fosters environmental preservation and education by setting aside a portion of this unique and rapidly dwindling ecosystem for scientific observation, artistic inspiration, and reflection. Along the campus trail are six shrine boxes, created by artist and educator Mollie Doctrow to honor the endangered plant species found on the Lake Wales Ridge. Inside the shrine boxes are botanical shadow boxes and journals that tell about the plants. Visitors are encouraged to write in the shrine journals, thereby sharing their impressions with their fellow travelers, and to make rubbings of the shrine boxes as mementos of their visits. (2.5 hour drive to Avon Park so we encourage carpooling.) Field trip participants meet 7:00 a.m. at Publix’s side parking lot, Seville Square 3030 54 Ave S, St. Pete. For more information contact CandyArnold: caarnold78@gmail.com

  • Tarflower ChapterPlant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    Tarflower Chapter

    Plant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    8:00 am

    Kerina Parkside

    Salvages at Kerina Parkside to continue on the following dates. If you can participate, please contact Jackie Rolly at j.y.rolly@att.net, or 407-620-6963 for more information and a map to the salvage location.
     
    Meet at 8:00 AM at Tract 2, located off Buenavista Woods Blvd off Apopka Vineland.    

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Preserve, Chattahoochee, FL

  • Cocoplum ChapterPropagation Workshop

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Propagation Workshop

    9:00 am

    Master Gardener Shadehouse @ Martin County Fairgrounds

    Brenda Blines will conduct the workshop on Saturday morning. Details to follow.

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  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Volunteer Workday

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Volunteer Workday

    9:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park

    Come out to Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park on Sunday, March 8, 9–11 a.m. and help us weed and maintain the native gardens and plantings. 

    Contact Catherine Bowman at garberia08@gmail.com or 407-761-7109 for more information.

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  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

    The Marion County Beekeepers Club will tell us about our most important non-native pollinator.

    Location: 2427 CR 522, Sumterville 33585 (stone building 1/2 mile south of 470 on Hwy. 301) For more information please call 352-568-8277.

  • Conradina ChapterMonthly Chapter Meeting

    Conradina Chapter

    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Melbourne Library 540 E Fee Ave. Melbourne FL, 32901

    Jackie Rolly and Marjorie Holt from the Tarflower Chapter FNPS are Presenting "Plant Salvage".  

    This topic includes the correct ways to salvage native plants from land sites that are going to be developed

  • Pawpaw ChapterChapter meeting - Wild Florida Orchids

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Chapter meeting - Wild Florida Orchids

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center South Daytona

    Mike Parson will present Wild Florida Orchids.

    NOTE: Refreshments are no longer being served at the chapter meetings.

    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 the business meeting.

    Click here for meeting location info and map.

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  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    9:00 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.

  • Naples ChapterPresentation - History and Management of Picayune Strand State Forest

    Naples Chapter

    Presentation - History and Management of Picayune Strand State Forest

    6:30 pm

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

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

    Please join us at our March meeting to learn all about Picayune Strand, south Florida's largest state forest, from Heather Ferrand, Florida Forest Service Mitigation Specialist. Arrive at 6:30pm to enjoy mingling and refreshments. The presentation begins at 7:00pm. The evening concludes with a native plant raffle!

  • Coccoloba ChapterCoccoloba Chapter Meeting

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Coccoloba Chapter Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Page Field Base Operations

    March 10, 2015, at 7 pm at Page Field Base Operations ...

    Coyotes are Florida’s newest predator. As they are sighted in urban and suburban area, the FWC often gets questions about coyote behavior and biology. This presentation will cover the coyotes expansion into the state, biology, current research and ways to coexist. The presentation will be about 25 minutes with opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Angeline Scotten is a native Floridian, growing up on the east coast in Jupiter.  She attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in wildlife & fisheries science in 2009. After graduation, she worked on various field projects in Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina and Virginia. She joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in fall of 2012 as a wildlife biologist, concentrating on nuisance wildlife issues.

  • Mangrove ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Mangrove Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:00 pm

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

    "Update, What's Happening in Sarasota County Parks" By Chris Meyer

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  • Coontie ChapterJennifer Possley on South Florida Ferns

    Coontie Chapter

    Jennifer Possley on South Florida Ferns

    7:00 pm

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

    Jennifer Possley is Field Biologist at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. She graduted from the University of Florida, M.S., Agronomy and Kalamazoo College, B.A., Biology.

    She has published on a wide variety of research topics, many related to restoration efforts. Her fields of interest are:*Mapping and monitoring the rare flora of Miami-Dade County

    *Invasive plant ecology & management
    *Ferns of South Florida and the Caribbean

    Jennifer Possley is "the" go-to person if you want to know about South Florida's many wonderful native ferns. There are all kinds of surprises from the many native fern species whose identity sometimes confuses us. With great clarity we have an opportunity to get to know them better.

    This presentation is followed by a Saturday adventure with Jennifer and Pat Howell to (where else?) Fern Forest.

    Photo: Alan Cressler, Asplenium abscissum, Cutleaf Spleenwort

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  • Pinellas ChapterCollecting Plant Voucher Specimens in the Field Herbarium Workshop

    Pinellas Chapter

    Collecting Plant Voucher Specimens in the Field Herbarium Workshop

    8:30 am

    Terra Ceia Preserve State Park

    14 March 2015 Saturday 8:30 am to noon Collecting Plant Voucher Specimens in the Field Herbarium Workshop Rosalind Rowe This field workshop will take place at Terra Ceia State Park. The workshop will begin with a talk and demonstration on the steps for collecting and preserving good specimens (approximately 45-60 minutes), then will continue with a walk through a section of the park where participants will make some collections, work on plant identification, fill out labels, and organize and press specimens in a plant press. Park staff will provide labels and identification guides, as well as the newspaper, blotter paper, cardboard, and plant press needed for making a collection. Participants are welcome to bring additional identification guides and newspaper.

    Where is Terra Ceia Preserve State Park? MAP

    Fee: $10 for students, $15 for others. Register via Paypal, email Jan Allyn or call (727) 244-0312.

  • Ixia ChapterNative Park TLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    Native Park TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

     

    This year we celebration the 5th anniversary of Ixia's adoption of Native Park. Please join us in maintaining this beautiful park.

     

    Volunteering is a great way to learn about native plants that grow in our area, to get exercise, and to help all the pollinators that depend on these plants to survive.  Did you know that a world without pollinators would be a world without apples, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate (oh no!), almonds, melons, peaches or pumpkins.   

     

    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.

    Please join us for TLC Saturday at Native Park on the 2nd  Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30 or so. The remaining 2015 schedule for your calendar is: 

     

    April 11

    May 9

    June 13

    July 11

    August 8

    September 12

    October 10

    November 14

    December - no scheduled TLC day.

     

    A reminder will be sent each month and notification if a date is changed.

     

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

     

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

     

    For additional information contact sallysteinauer@bellsouth.net

     

  • Magnolia ChapterInvasive Plant Removal Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Invasive Plant Removal Workday

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Preserve, Chattahoochee

    Where:  Meet in shelter on Park Street, Chattahoochee

    Please bring:  work gloves, weeding tool, bug spray & WATER!!!

    Attire:  Protective shoes/boots, hat, layers of clothes

    Children:  accompanied by responsible guardian/parent

    Snacks:  provided!!

    Directions:  The park is tucked away in the residential area of Chattahoochee. From US 90 in downtown Chattahoochee, take Morgan Avenue south. It goes down a steep hill and makes a long curve, 0.8 mile. Park Street is to your right along the curve, with a sign for the nature park. Park Street, is also a steep downhill.   If you prefer to use Google map, search for Park Street, Chattahoochee, Fl.

    Contact for more information:  Diana Picklesimer, 229-416-9629diana.picklesimer@gmail.com

  • 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.

  • Tarflower ChapterLeu Gardens Plant Sale

    Tarflower Chapter

    Leu Gardens Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Shop the largest quality of plants in Central Florida with experts on hand to help you choose the right plants for your landscape or garden. Fore more information, visit www.leugardens.org/plant-sale-weekend-march-14th-15th.

    Where: Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando   
    When: March 14–15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m

    Volunteers wanted! Call Jim Erwin at 407-454-3882, or email jimerwin9@gmail.com. 

     

  • Mangrove ChapterPlant Native Day

    Mangrove Chapter

    Plant Native Day

    9:30 am

    Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL

    Theme of day-TBA. Annual event from 9:30AM-1:00PM.  There will be a native plant sale, several related lectures, and nature walks. 

  • Coccoloba Chapter"Summerizing" your Florida Landscape

    Coccoloba Chapter

    "Summerizing" your Florida Landscape

    10:00 am

    Lowe's Garden Center, 14960 S Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers, FL 33912

    “Summerizing” your Florida Landscape -- Pruning, Fertilizing, and Mulching

    Lowe’s Garden

    Center

    10:00 to 2:00

    South Fort Myers
    14960 S Tamiami Trail

    Fort Myers, Florida 33912

  • Coontie ChapterA Fern Walk with Jennifer Possley

    Coontie Chapter

    A Fern Walk with Jennifer Possley

    10:30 am

    Fern Forest, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek, FL 33063

    With great anticipation we look forward to walking in one of our great Broward parks with one of our most knowledgeable native fern experts, Jennifer Possley. This is a followup to Ms. Possley's Wednesday presentation to see some of the ferns talked about then.

    This hike is suitable for most people, although their may be some off-trail woods walking to discover Forest secrets.

    A tame walk, but we routinely recommend long sleeves and pants, comfortable shoes that can get wet, water to carry, sun and insect protection or whatever it takes to keep you comfortable. We do not promise to limit this walk to the well-known boardwalks of Fern Forest. A camera or binoculars or just your love of nature are good to bring with you.

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  • Council ChapterOpens Self-Nominations, Council Chair

    Council Chapter

    Opens Self-Nominations, Council Chair

    12:00 am

    Email to Chapter Representatives

    Council Elections for Chair will be anounced including elections procedures and instructions. Self-nominations are open for ONE WEEK only and will close at midnight, March 22, 2015. This procedure is in lieu of "nominations from the floor" that sometimes occurs in addition to a slate, and is in the spirit of ensuring that elections are a free and open process, not a backroom setup. The Nominating Committee welcomes additional candidates during this brief window of opportunity.

    Only Chapter Represenatives are allowed to run for office or vote for Council leadership. Please read the Council Standard Operating Procedures on the Council website, council.fnpschapters.org under "How To" and/or in the election emails to Chapter Representatives.

  • Tarflower ChapterLeu Gardens Plant Sale

    Tarflower Chapter

    Leu Gardens Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Shop the largest quality of plants in Central Florida with experts on hand to help you choose the right plants for your landscape or garden. Fore more information, visit www.leugardens.org/plant-sale-weekend-march-14th-15th.

    Where: Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando   
    When: March 14–15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m

    Volunteers wanted! Call Jim Erwin at 407-454-3882, or email jimerwin9@gmail.com. 

  • Council ChapterCouncil Meeting (3rd Sunday eves)

    Council Chapter

    Council Meeting (3rd Sunday eves)

    6:00 pm

    GoToMeeting Online

    Reports, information, Agenda items are due at least 5 days before Council meetings.

    A GoToMeeting link will be sent to Chapter Representatives by email prior to this meeting.
    First-time users may log into the meeting early to confirm their ability to get on and will see a prompt that the host (Council Chair) is not yet there. The GoToMeeting link will automatically prompt you to download GoToMeeting software, if you need it. Following the easy process will enable you to connect to the meeting. You will learn to see who is in attendance, who is speaking, and how to mute, then unmute your microphone when you wish to speak. All this is in the GoToMeeting sidebar.

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  • Serenoa ChapterGeneral Meeting - The Amazon of North America

    Serenoa Chapter

    General Meeting - The Amazon of North America

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, a rich repository of native epiphytes and orchids is still giving up some of its secrets. Longtime Park Biologist Mike Owen will fill us in on new plant discoveries and efforts to conserve the “rarest of the rare.”

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  • Heartland ChapterBoard Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    Heartland Chapter

    Board Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    7:00 pm

    Denny's Restaurant in Lake Wales

    7:00 pm (Arrive by 6:30pm if you wish to have dinner prior to the meeting) Denny's is located in Lake Wales: 4541 Macey Lane, Lake Wales, FL 33859

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  • Suncoast ChapterForgotten Grasslands of the South by Reed Noss

    Suncoast Chapter

    Forgotten Grasslands of the South by Reed Noss

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL, 33584

    Dr. Reed Noss, a highly acclaimed conservation scientist and author, will be discussing his book, Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (Island Press, 2013). at our monthly meeting, 7 pm, Weds March 18.

    Forgotten Grasslands of the South is a literary and scientific case study of some of the biologically richest and most endangered ecosystems in North America. Eminent ecologist Reed Noss tells the story of how southern grasslands arose and persisted over time and addresses questions that are fundamental for conserving these vital yet poorly understood ecosystems.

    With a unique blend of science and personal observation, Dr. Reed Noss will provide fascinating insights into these little known ecosystems. He will demonstrate the importance of natural history to the practice of conservation. He will also discuss fire ecology in Florida and disturbance ecology. 

    Our meetings include light refreshments and a native plant auction after the speaker. Please come and join us.

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  • Serenoa ChapterField Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Collier County

    You’ll have a choice of an unforgettable swamp walk for the hardy or alternatively a landlubber’s ramble along some of the old tram roads through the strand.

  • Coontie ChapterSlog Cypress Dome or Gator Holes in Everglades NP

    Coontie Chapter

    Slog Cypress Dome or Gator Holes in Everglades NP

    9:00 am

    Taylor Slough or other (depending on conditions)

    Meet-up point and departure time confirmation to be determined.

    Many of us look forward to a chance to get into the unpaved beauties of the Everglades National Park, but finding a qualified leader is a challenge. No one could be better than Chief of Resource Education and Interpretation for the Everglades National Parks,Alan Scott. The Dade Chapter has arranged the trip and invited members of the Broward Chapter to join in. Don't miss it.

    This will be moderate to difficult in difficulty, since it could involve pinnacle rock, marl, mud, sawgrass, water.  Everyone needs to be prepared to walk in muddy water and sharp sawgrass, so long pants, long sleeves and a hat are recommended.  Close-toed, lace up shoes with socks are required.  No flip flops, sandals or aqua shoes.

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Field Trip: Fern workshop

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Field Trip: Fern workshop

    10:00 am

    Seminole Environmental Center

    Meet at Spring Hammock, located at 298 Osprey Trail, Longwood, FL 32750, just off S.R. 419 (map) at 10:00 a.m. Bring hand lens and fern field guide if you have them. Rick Ehle will lead the hike and field fern ID workshop.
          Spring Hammock is one of only a couple of locations in Seminole County that have the state endangered cuplet fern (Dennstaedtia bipinnata), which had been documented in Seminole, Brevard and Palm Beach Counties. Spring Hammock, on the western side of Lake Jesup, is home to a huge array of native plants that are at the southern or northern extent of their ranges. The hydric hammock supports many species of fern, so this should be a great place to learn to tell them apart. Bring insect repellent and a field lunch. Contact Catherine Bowman at 407-761-7109 or Rick Ehle at 407-349-0502.

  • Coccoloba ChapterTraipsing OK Slough with Jean McCollom

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Traipsing OK Slough with Jean McCollom

    10:00 am

    OK Slough

    For FNPS members only, please join us for a "walk down memory lane" with Jean McCollom.  Jean retired from OK Slough but can't wait to lead us on a plant expedition.

    To register or for more information, visit https://eventbrite.com/event/15798754500/

    Marlene Rodak, rodakma@msn.com, (239) 273-8945

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  • Council ChapterClose self-nominations, Council Chair

    Council Chapter

    Close self-nominations, Council Chair

    12:00 pm

    Mar 15 Email to Chapter Representatives

    Council Elections for Chair will be announced including elections procedures and instructions. Self-nominations are open for ONE WEEK only and will close at midnight, March 22, 2015. This procedure is in lieu of "nominations from the floor" that sometimes occurs in addition to a slate, and is in the spirit of ensuring that elections are a free and open process, not a backroom setup. The Nominating Committee welcomes additional candidates during this brief window of opportunity.

    Only Chapter Represenatives are allowed to run for office or vote for Council leadership. Please read the Council Standard Operating Procedures on the Council website, council.fnpschapters.org under "How To" and/or in the election emails to Chapter Representatives.

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  • Dade ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Dade Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:30 pm

    Pinecrest Gardens

    Pinecrest Gardens

    11000 SW 57 Avenue (Red Road)

    Free and open to the public

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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. This month it is Plant ID Quiz and Plant Exchange. Put on your thinking caps, and sharpen your pencils. A series of Natives plants will be displayed for your best guess ID. This will be open book, but it is all for fun. Prizes will be awarded. For those who bring in a plant you can exchange for another.

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  • Coccoloba ChapterWetPlan Neighborhood Lakes and Ponds Workshop

    Coccoloba Chapter

    WetPlan Neighborhood Lakes and Ponds Workshop

    1:00 am

    Lakes Regional Library, Fort Myers, FL

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wetplan-neighborhood-lakes-and-ponds-management-workshop-lakes-library-march-26-2015-tickets-13755823037

    For more information, email RodakMA@msn.com or call (239) 273-8945.

  • Suncoast ChapterCAMPING TRIP

    Suncoast Chapter

    CAMPING TRIP

    12:00 pm

    SUWANNEE RIVER STATE PARK

    This spring the Suncoast chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be heading north to Suwannee River State Park for a weekend of camping on the river and exploring this historic park. 

    Vestiges of history in the park show how important the Suwannee River was to Florida history. Along the river are long mounds of earthworks built during the Civil War to guard against incursions by Union Navy gunboats. Other remnants from the past include one of the state´s oldest cemeteries, and a paddle-wheel shaft from a 19th century steamboat. 

    Five trails, ranging from a quarter mile to 18 miles, loop through surrounding woodlands and provide panoramic views of the rivers. 

    We have rented a 6 person cabin for 3 nights. It is located right next to the river.  These spacious two bedroom cabins have centralized heating and cooling, an electric fireplace, screened porch and kitchenette.  Cabins are fully equipped with linens and kitchen utensils.  Televisions and phones are not provided.  There is one bunk remaining.  All others have been reserved.  The cost for the 3 nights is $66/person. 

    Membership in the Florida Native Plant Society is required for participation in this event.  If you are a member of FNPS from another chapter, and would like to join us on some our day hikes, please contact Devon or Shirley for a detailed itinerary. 

  • Ixia ChapterGeneral Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    General Meeting

    6:30 pm

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

    The March General Meeting has been rescheduled to the 4th Thursday, 3/26, due to elections on 3/19 at Regency Library. Please check back soon for program information.

  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Board Meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Board Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Teleconference

    FNPS Board Teleconference Meeting

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  • Coccoloba ChapterCoccoloba Chapter Workday

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Coccoloba Chapter Workday

    12:00 am

    Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

    Grab your gloves and shovel, we're working at Calusa Nature Center from 10-2.  For more information, please e-mail rodakma@msn.com or call (239) 273-8945.

  • 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.

  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Scherer Thaxton Preserve, 13125 Honore Ave, Nokomis

  • Dade Chapter20th Annual Native Plant Day

    Dade Chapter

    20th Annual Native Plant Day

    9:00 am

    AD Barnes Park

    Please join the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society for their 20th Native Plant Day, an annual tradition.  This year's event will be held at AD Barnes Park in the natural area at the back of the park.  This year, as in years past, we will have hard to find native plants for sale, books and other outdoor-related merchandise, top-notch programs and nature walks on a wide variety of topics, and many of the community's best environmental groups joining us from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.   Please share this information with members of your groups and join us for a wonderful day of fun and learning!

  • Naples ChapterField Trip - Pepper Ranch Preserve

    Naples Chapter

    Field Trip - Pepper Ranch Preserve

    9:30 am

    Pepper Ranch Preserve

    Meeting place: Pepper Ranch Preserve is located at 6315 Pepper Road, Immokalee, FL, 34142. Please call (239) 597-7222 for directions to specific meeting place.

    Alex Sulecki, Environmental Specialist for Collier County, will lead this educational hike and plant identification session. Pepper Ranch is a Conservation Collier property composed of 14 native plant communities. Please RSVP to (239) 597-7222.

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