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Calendar for -- January 2015

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  • 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

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  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Meeting: 2014 Wrap-up, Planning for 2015

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Meeting: 2014 Wrap-up, Planning for 2015

    12:00 am

    Chinsegut Hill in Brooksville

    Please join us on January 5, 2015 to celebrate the New Year with a short program about our two  major public garden projects, presented by members of the Board. This will be followed by a discussion about members' priorities for 2015. 
     
    In a similar session in early 2013, we identified program topics, field trips and projects  of interest to our members, that helped to guide our growth as a Chapter of FNPS, and our presence in the community. We have been able to offer most of the top choice topics and trips  since then, make significant progress on projects, and promote protection of Florida Native plants and their habitats through workdays and advocacy.  Now your ideas are needed to update short term plans and plant seeds for the future.  This will be an opportunity for current members to get an update on our on-going projects, and have a say on what we do now. It's also an opportunity for prospective members to get to know us.
     

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  • SweetBay ChapterPresentation: Flora of Econfina Creek by Ron Houser

    SweetBay Chapter

    Presentation: Flora of Econfina Creek by Ron Houser

    5:30 am

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Join us for our monthly meeting and presention by Ron Houser on the Flora of Econfina Creek.  Come enjoy his beautiful photography and commentary.   

  • Cocoplum ChapterDesign and Choose the Right Natives for Your Landscape

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Design and Choose the Right Natives for Your Landscape

    7:00 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, Jensen Beach, FL

    Rick Schnellmann  of Palm City Natives will guide us through the planning of a landscape using Florida native plants.

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Program

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Program

    7:00 pm

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Amanda Martin will be talking about winter care for native plants in your yard.  When to prune, what to leave for the birds, and highlight some of the seasonal tasks that help make a native landscape grow. Amanda is a Horticultural researcher when she is not the president of the Tarflower chapter.

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  • Pinellas ChapterMonthly program

    Pinellas Chapter

    Monthly program

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, Clearwater

    "USF St. Petersburg Butterfly Garden: A Change in Student Culture", by Daniel McGarigal

    The St. Petersburg Campus of the University of South Florida has its first bona fide Butterfly Garden. The Garden, which is located near the corner of 6th Avenue and Second Street, was dedicated recently by Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska and Daniel McGarigal, the student lead on the project.

    monarch butterfly

    “The garden was designed to improve the campus entrance, promote tranquility and peace with nature, and provide a calming natural setting for everyone to enjoy,” said McGarigal, an Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major. “We want to encourage the population growth of struggling bee and butterfly species, as well as promote interaction and appreciation of nature in a very urbanized setting.”

    McGarigal says he’s particularly proud that the garden was designed and paid for by students. The garden features only native Florida plants and is certified as both a North American Butterfly Associations Butterfly Garden, and a Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Foundation.

    The program will be at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. All activities of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society are open to the public. Complimentary refreshments and a silent auction of native plant seedlings are regular features of our meetings. Members are invited to donate extra or "volunteer" plants for the auction. Donations of seeds or seedlings of native species that provide larval or nectar food for butterflies are also welcome for use in the Moccasin Lake butterfly garden.

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  • PaynesPrairie ChapterJanuary Plant ID Clinic, 6:15pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    January Plant ID Clinic, 6:15pm

    6:15 pm

    Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

    Plant ID Clinic

    Do you have a plant that you can't identify? Bring a sample of it to the Plant ID Clinic and build your skills in keying it to learn what it is.

  • Hernando ChapterWilliam Bartram, Puc Puggy's Travels in Florida

    Hernando Chapter

    William Bartram, Puc Puggy's Travels in Florida

    6:30 pm

    Brooksville FL City Hall

    In 1773 William Bartram began a four-year journey of exploration and discovery through the wilderness of Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and the banks of the Mississippi.  Actor/playwright J.D. Sutton will bring William Bartram to life in an informative and entertaining portrayal.  Presented by The Historic Hernando Preservation Society; Hernando Chapter, FNPS will have an exhibit.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterJanuary Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    January Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    7:00 pm

    Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

    Topic: An Overview of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and
                Interesting Plant Observations from the Southeastern Domain
    Speakers: May Lehmensiek and Monique Kerstein

    May Lehmensiek and Monique Kerstein are biologists with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). They will present an overview of NEON, go into some detail on their plant sampling protocols, and show some interesting plants that they have encountered during the past two sampling seasons.

    NEON is a large science facility that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of NEON is to provide ecological data and scientific infastructure that will help address the grand challenges in environmental science (topics such as biodiversity, climate change, and invasive species).

    Monique Kerstein is a Botany Field Technician with NEON and has a B.S. degree in Botany from UF. May Lehmensiek is an Aquatics Technician with NEON and has an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering Science from UF.

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  • Ixia ChapterNative Park TLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    Native Park TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    Native Park, 3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    Saturday, January 10, will be the first 2015 TLC day at Native Park and the celebration of the 5th anniversary of Ixia's adoption of Native Park. 

     

    Volunteering at the Native Park 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 2015 schedule for your calendar is: 

    January 10

    February 14

    March 14

    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 ChapterField Trip

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    TBA

  • Cocoplum ChapterVisit Palm City Native Plant Nursery

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Visit Palm City Native Plant Nursery

    9:00 am

    Palm City, FL

    Bring your home landscape ideas to the nursery to see in person the potential for carrying out your design.

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Volunteer Workday

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Volunteer Workday

    10:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden

    In lieu of a field trip, we are shifting the Mead Garden workday to Saturday, January 10.

    We will meet at 10:00 a.m. near the longleaf pine/sandhill areas south of the main entrance drive and hopefully have enough people to make a big dent in two highly invasive species that persist in that area.

    The City of Winter Park staff, who keep Mead Garden mowed and tidy, do a good job of keeping skunk vine cat claw vine from climbing up into the canopy in the upland pine/picnic area. There remains a lot of small skunk vine (Paederia foetida) and catclaw vine (Macfadyena unguis-cati) on the ground surrounding our planting areas and the picnic tables that need to be hand removed. We will also pull any camphor seedlings emerging near the base of trees where they do not get mowed.

    One native species that we will want to make sure not to pull is Virginia snakeroot (Aristolochia serpentaria). It is the larval plant for pipevine swallowtail butterfly and the natural habit of this plant is to sprawl across the ground surface as a short vine. Because both skunk vine and catclaw vine are on the ground in this area and have similarly shaped leaves; snakeroot has alternate leaves instead of opposite leaves and the stem/vine of snakeroot is zigzag in appearance (hence the common name “snakeroot”).

    We will begin around the native planted areas and expand out through the picnic areas. Please bring a hand-digging implement. We will bring trash bags and plan to work about two hours. If you have some time that morning, please come and assist us in removing these very bad vines from this part of the park. We don’t have much maintenance to do in the sandhill planted areas this time of year, so it will be a great time to tackle a couple of very invasive exotic plants.

    To volunteer or for more information, contact Catherine Bowman at garberia08@gmail.com. Or just show up!

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  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

    Jim Davis, Extension Specialist and Master Gardener Coordinator, will present the best native plants to use in your landscape. Join us for refreshments and plants for raffle.

    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.

  • Pawpaw ChapterJanuary Meeting - Succesful Gardens Inspired by Nature

    Pawpaw Chapter

    January Meeting - Succesful Gardens Inspired by Nature

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    Come and find out about The Big Event coming to Daytona Beach spring of 2016. Don’t miss out on the planning stages. It promises to be fun, fun, fun!!

    The Pawpaw Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society meeting starts at 7:00 at the Piggotte Center in South Daytona the second Monday of January.  Also, on the first meeting of 2015, we will have a discussion based on a DVD called Succesful Gardens Inspired by Nature, featuring our own Don Spence. This is a great time to get new ideas for a new year in your garden!

    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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  • 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 - The Biology of Roots

    Naples Chapter

    Presentation - The Biology of Roots

    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 January meeting to learn all about the form and function of plant roots from Dr. George Wilder, Curator of the Herbarium of Southwestern Florida. Arrive at 6:30pm to enjoy mingling and refreshments. The presentation begins at 7:00pm. The evening concludes with a native plant raffle!

  • Mangrove Chapter"Why People Don't 'Get it', the Psychology of Embracing Native Plants"

    Mangrove Chapter

    "Why People Don't 'Get it', the Psychology of Embracing Native Plants"

    7:00 pm

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

    Speaker:  Russ Hoffman

  • NatureCoast ChapterLeslie Newman - The Economic Benefits of Land Preservation

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Leslie Newman - The Economic Benefits of Land Preservation

    7:00 pm

    Land O’ Lakes Community Center

    Leslie will start with the narrative of the Land Trust's 23 year history - how it started, some of its notable successes, and what is being done now. She will then talk about The Economic Benefits of Land Preservation, and finally give some guidance about starting a Land Trust.

    Bio:      Leslie is a self-employed, professional artist who relocated from New York City to Aripeka, Florida, more than two decades ago. She discovered her love of nature and began painting scenes inspired by her natural environment.

    She also became a committed citizen activist, working with others from her local community who facilitate the preservation of pristine wilderness. During the past 22 years, the Gulf Coast Conservancy has been instrumental in protecting over 16,000 acres of coastal lands in Hernando and Pasco counties.

    She and her fellow land conservationists continue to negotiate with both private and public agencies, advocating for permanent, connected corridors and greenways.

     

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  • Coontie ChapterEdible Native Plants with Scott Bryan

    Coontie Chapter

    Edible Native Plants with Scott Bryan

    7:00 pm

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

    Elderberry, Persimmon, Passionfruit, Beautyberry, Cocoplum, Muscadine Grape, Sea Grape, and Cabbage Palm are among the first South Florida edible plants that come to mind. Scott Bryan, however, has a wealth of easy-to-digest information about many more species, including their use and flavor. Whatever your level of knowledge about edible plants, you are sure to learn something new. Which substantial food species would be best to try in cultivation? Which herbs might we snip in the garden for wild flavor in cooking? Which easy-to-identify species might we safely forage on a hike? Ask Scott.

     

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  • Ixia ChapterGeneral Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    General Meeting

    6:30 pm

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

    Agenda:  Short and sweet business meeting followed by a New Year Celebration.

     

    Program: We will celebrate the new calendar year and the new Ixia year of 2015. Come and get acquainted with each other and the new Ixia Board of Directors.Toast our past successes, preview some new directions and share your ideas. Refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring one of your special treats if you would like to.

  • PineLily ChapterPresentation: Osceola County Fertilizer Ordinance /monthly meeting

    PineLily Chapter

    Presentation: Osceola County Fertilizer Ordinance /monthly meeting

    6:30 pm

    101 West Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34741

    Rick Baird with Osceola County will present the New Osceola County Fertilizer Ordinance to the Pine Lily FNPS chapter this Thursday night Jan. 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

    at First United Methodist Church Kissimmee

    101 West Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34741

    This is Osceola County’s first fertilizer ordinance.

    Learn what this ordinance means for the water quality of our lakes, streams, ponds, and other water bodies.

    Learn how to give your input on this fertilizer ordinance.

    2nd floor youth center.

     

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  • Pawpaw ChapterField Trip - Dunns Creek SP

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Field Trip - Dunns Creek SP

    8:00 am

    Dunns Creek State Park

    Field Trip: Jan 17 (Sat) Tour Dunns Creek State Park guided by Jason De Pue

    Description:   Dunns Creek State Park, with more than 6,200 acres, is one of Florida's newest state parks.  Jason De Pue, District Park Biologist, will give us a tour of Dunns Creek State Park which is located in Putnam County and accessed from US-17 between Satsuma and Pomona Park. The natural areas we can expect to visit are sandhills with long leaf pines and wiregrass, as well as sandpine scrub.  There are several endangered species, as the gopher tortoise.  Jason also hopes he can show us a few late bloomers of Dunns Creeks's rare endemic Conradina, which DNA studies indicates that it may be an entirely new scrubmint species. 

    Lunch: To be decided. We may either bring picnic lunch or dine at a local restaurant on way back home...as in Satsuma or Crescent City. 

    Meet Jason: 9:00 AM at the Dunns Creek State Park entrance, 320 Sisco Rd. 

    Carpool: Departs 8 AM from Publix (near Wendy's on Williamson Blvd) Ormond 

    Wear:  Sturdy shoes, long pants, sunscreen, insect repellent.

    Bring: Water, snacks (possibly picnic lunch---or eat out after the tour). 

    Optional: Plant ID books, binoculars, camera

    Contact: Sonya Guidry  Cell:  386 690-1797  or Email: guidry.sonya@gmail.com

     

  • Coontie ChapterIdentify Edible Native Plants with Scott Bryan

    Coontie Chapter

    Identify Edible Native Plants with Scott Bryan

    8:30 am

    Hugh Taylor Birch SP, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

    Meet in Garden Center parking lot, first sharp right turn beyond the toll booth.

    Park Fee: $6 for 2-8 per vehicle, $4 for single-occupant vehicle, $2 for bicycles and pedestrians

    This is the followup walk for the Wednesday presentation about edible native plants, but come and enjoy this walk regardless of whether you attended the prior Wednesday evening. This is a great opportunity to learn to identify more native plants. This park is worth many visits for its diversity of local native plants and examples of a coastal habitats, including fresh water, sandy dry, and salt and fresh marsh areas. For the experienced and inexperienced there is much to see and learn here.

    This is easy walking. Wet feet are unlikely, but always a possibility, with some walking on the hidden back trails. Bring a water bottle. Dress for your own comfort which may include sun protection, insect repellent, possibly long pants and sleeves and old sneakers. Bring a camera or binoculars, if you like, or just come to be in the wonderful out of doors. Additional options are to bring a lunch for afterwards and/or visit the beach with your parking fee already paid of the rest of the day.

     

  • SeaRocket ChapterEnchanted Forest Workday

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Enchanted Forest Workday

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

    Enchanted Forest 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.
     

  • PalmBeach ChapterLake Worth Festival of Trees

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Lake Worth Festival of Trees

    9:00 am

    Lake Worth

    Join us for this volunteer opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of Florida native plants at the City of Lake Worth's Festival of Trees on 1/17 from 9-4.  

  • NatureCoast ChapterJanuary Field Trip

    NatureCoast Chapter

    January Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Circle Bar B Preserve

    9am at carpool location, 10am at Circle Bar B Preserve

    The Circle Bar B Preserve was acquired by the Polk County Environmental Land Program and Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division to protect the flood plain of Lake Hancock located there, and to restore the Banana Creek marsh system. Extensive restoration was completed to restore much of the hydrologic function of the land, and as a result, Circle B is home to a tremendous bird population that includes a variety of wading birds, waterfowl, ospreys and bald eagles. In the winter months there are also large populations of migratory birds. Since most of the birds are in the marshes, they are close by and easy to see. This is an amazing place, so try not to miss it. It is probably how much of Florida looked years ago before human population took over much of the birds’ habitat. There is also a discovery center with exhibits that display the environmental and hydrological functions of Florida’s natural resources.

    We will be walking on some of the trails, none of which is long, but we will be out for a couple of hours or more. The trails are flat, and our pace will be slow as there are so many birds to see. There is little shade, so bring a hat, water, binoculars, a camera, and bird identification books. Also bring a picnic lunch to eat there. 

    Directions:

    Those who want to carpool can meet at Duncan Donuts at SR 56 and I-75. From 56 East, turn left onto Cypress Ridge Blvd. and left onto Willow Dr. Duncan Donuts is on the right.

    To go directly, take I-75 south to I-4 to the Polk Parkway (Toll Road). Go south /east on the Parkway and take the 98 exit and head south at the light (turn right). Once on 98, immediately get into the far left hand lane. Turn left (east) at the first light onto Winter Lake Rd. (540). Follow that road to the entrance on right (south side) a couple miles down. It is pretty well marked.

     

  • Magnolia ChapterDocument

    Magnolia Chapter

    Document

    9:30 am

    Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL

    Hey there everyone! I’m coordinating a tree survey in conjunction with FNPS and could use a few hands (and cars) this Saturday. I already have a list of trees that have been recorded on google maps, but if anyone knows of any other trees that should be recorded, please let me know.

    As I’m sure you all are aware,  Leon County has had a challenge running to document and map “superior” trees within the city of Tallahassee. The aim of this challenge is to preserve any old, large, historical trees in and around the city.

    While the main focus of the challenge appears to be live oaks, magnolias, dogwoods, and long leaf pines, our FNPS would prefer to focus on long leaf pine for not only its ecological significance, but also for its historical significance. We would also like to document any uncommon or rare native trees that are also large and/or old.

    We will be meeting at 9:30am on Saturday, Jan 17, near the restrooms on the southern end of Cascades Park and breaking into small groups around 10am to look for documented and undocumented Superior and Historical Trees around the city. We would like to get as many trees as possible recorded and photographed so that we can send them in to the city. If you have a camera and a long tape measure (30+ ft), feel free to bring them to help record data. If you have any questions, please email or call Kara Driscoll (K.dreamflow@gmail.com, [239] 249-2340)

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  • Beautyberry ChapterProgram & Annual Meeting

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Program & Annual Meeting

    2:00 pm

    Trout Lake Nature Center, Eustis

    At 2:30, Gallus Quigley, Expert Birder and Lake County Park Ranger will present Attracting Backyard Birds with Native Plants.  Everyone who saw this presentation at Wings & Wildflowers loved it!  Come at 2 pm for plant exchange and cultivation tips, library, refreshements, and conversation.

    After a brief intermission, stay for our chapter's Annual Business meeting with the election of officers for the coming year.  Lots of opportunities to plug in!  Volunteer to help out with one of our committees in the coming year.

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  • Serenoa ChapterGeneral Meeting - Conserving Florida’s Trees

    Serenoa Chapter

    General Meeting - Conserving Florida’s Trees

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Dr. Michael Andreu of the School of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Florida will talk about tree succession in Florida habitats including hammocks and the importance of trees in the urban/wildland interface.

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  • Heartland ChapterBoard Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    Heartland Chapter

    Board Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    7:00 pm

    Denny's Restaurant in Bartow

    7:00 pm (Arrive by 6:30pm if you wish to have dinner prior to the meeting)

    Denny's is located in Bartow: 1035 North Broadway , Bartow, FL  33830

  • PalmBeach ChapterChapter Meeting: The Year 2014 in My Native Plant Garden

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: The Year 2014 in My Native Plant Garden

    7:00 pm

    Mounts Botanical Garden

    Join us for our monthly Chapter Meeting for an always entertaining presentation by noted native plant author (and Palm Beach County FNPS member) Rufino Osorio.  Rufino will discuss the happening in his native plant garden.

  • SeaOats ChapterNative Plants for Birds (and insect control)

    SeaOats Chapter

    Native Plants for Birds (and insect control)

    7:00 pm

    St Aug Beach City Hall

    Keith Fuller, St Johns County Extension Agent, will discuss using native plants to attract birds, who in turn will aid with insect control.

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  • Suncoast ChapterFlorida's Edible Wild Plants by Peggy Lantz

    Suncoast Chapter

    Florida's Edible Wild Plants by Peggy Lantz

    7:00 pm

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

    PeggyLantz, author of Florida's Edible Wild Plants, will introduce you to a whole variety of gourmet treats using leaves, flowers, seeds, or roots of Florida’s wild plants.She will tell you how to locate, identify, and prepare plants that may be growing in your back yard or the nearby woods. 

    A native Floridian, Peggy Lantz is a Florida Master Naturalist, musician, horseman, leathercrafter, outdoors woman, and editor and author. Her numerous publications reflect her many interests. She served as editor of the Florida Native Plant Society’s publications and its magazine, The Palmetto, for 15 years, and as editor of Florida Audubon Society’s magazine, The Florida Naturalist.

    Ms. Lantz lives in Woodsmere in west Orange County, Florida, in the community settled by her grandfather in 1914.

    You will be able to buy a copy of her book and have Ms Lantzsign it at the meeting.

    Our meetings include light refreshments and a native plant auction after the speaker. We have many knowledgeable members who will help you with your native plant questions. Please come and join us.

     

     

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  • FNPS ChapterBoard meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    Board meeting

    7:00 pm

    Teleconference

    Note Change of Date to Thursday Jan 22.  Please see the Forum for GoToMeeting Log in details. Board and Committee Reports are Due no later than Monday, Jan 19, 2015

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  • Pinellas ChapterFakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

    Pinellas Chapter

    Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

    7:30 am

    Field Trip

    tram photo

    NEW! Fakahatchee combined Tram Tour & Wet Walk

    New in 2015 is a Tram Tour and Swamp Walk, which Fakahatchee Strand Preserve volunteer naturalist Patrick Higgins calls “The perfect way to start 2015. This new offering combines elements of the rolling lecture of the tram tour with an introductory swamp walk to give participants a taste of the real Fakahatchee,” says Higgins.

    Each Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins with a 1¾ mile ride on the Preserve's Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip. Naturalists leading the group will share their insights about the Fakahatchee’s flora and fauna on both wet and dry portions of the adventure.

    Swamp walkers should wear long pants and lace-­up boots or sneakers (no waders or open­top boots). A hat and long-­sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, and/or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in Ziploc plastic bags. You will also want to have a change of clothes to leave in your car for a more comfortable trip home. 

    Advance reservations and prepayment are required and participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form.

    Space is limited! Maximum attendance is 20, so reserve your spot today.

    WHERE:

    Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

    WHEN:

    Saturday, January 24, 2015
    Arrival Time (to walk to tram site): 12:15 p.m.
    Tram Tour: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Swamp Walk: 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    Tram Ride back: 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    COST:

    $25 per person -- Payment via PayPal
    Click here to register/pay

    CARPOOL:   

    It is approximately a 3.5- to 4-hour drive from Clearwater to Copeland, FL. We encourage carpooling. Field trip participants who wish to carpool should meet at 7:30 a.m. in the side parking lot of the Publix at Seville Square, 3030 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg. If you wish to carpool, please notify Candy Arnold: caarnold78@gmail.com or (727) 867-9149.

     

  • Suncoast ChapterFieldtrip

    Suncoast Chapter

    Fieldtrip

    8:30 am

    Alafia River Corridor Preserve

    We will be meeting at Ace Hardware Plaza in Lithia 10415 South County Road 39, Lithia, FL Ace hardware is located on the NW corner of CR 39 and Hwy 640. At 8:45AM we will carpool two miles south on CR 39 to Old Welcome Rd and turn left. Drive east for over a mile. road turns right, then another mile or so, to end of Old Welcome Rd.

    There are a number of trails to choose from, so .........wait, we don't need trails!  Mix of oak hammock, open grassy meadows and various streams surrounded by mesic hardwoods leading to the south branch of the Alafia River.  The land management team has been doing some burning out here so it will be interesting to see what is popping up.

    Bring water, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, long pants and a snack.  You never know what we may encounter. 

    Call Devon at 813-478-1183 if you need directions or get lost. 

  • Serenoa ChapterField Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Rohlwing Parcel, Sleeping Turtles Preserve, Sarasota County

    With Nancy Edmondson, Environmental Specialist Sarasota County, we’ll walk through an oak and sabal palm hammock. Expect to see resident and “snow” birds and wildflowers in the swamp along the river and in the pine flatwoods.

  • Ixia ChapterRescheduled - Field Trip: Julington-Durbin Preserve

    Ixia Chapter

    Rescheduled - Field Trip: Julington-Durbin Preserve

    9:00 am

    Rescheduled -Trailhead, 13130 Bartram Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

    Date:  Cancelled and Rescheduled to January 31st - Please see that date for details

    Ixia Field Trip to Julington-Durbin Preserve

  • Coontie ChapterWalk with the Dade Chapter at John U. Lloyd

    Coontie Chapter

    Walk with the Dade Chapter at John U. Lloyd

    9:30 am

    John U. Lloyd SP, 6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida 33004

    Meet in the first parking lot to the right beyond the toll booth.Park Fee: $6 for 2-8 per vehicle, $4 for single-occupant vehicle, $2 for bicycles and pedestrians

    "This park between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean in Dania Beach contains highly disturbed dredge fill areas, mangrove, coastal hammock, beach strand and interpretive trails.  Interesting and rare native strand plants include bay cedar, beach peanut and inkberry (scaevola)."

    Difficuty: Easy. Bring sun protection, drinks, and lunch if you would like to picnic afterward.

    Thank you, as always, to the Dade Chapter for including Broward folks in more learning and outdoor fun.

     

  • Magnolia Chapter"Seek and Destroy" Coral Ardisia

    Magnolia Chapter

    "Seek and Destroy" Coral Ardisia

    9:30 am

    Spring House, 3117 Okeeheepkee Rd., Tallahassee, FL

    Please join this special event, sponsored by Spring House Institute, intended as a fun and fulfilling experience for all.  It will be a half workday (9:30 to 2:00) to remove Coral ardisia and possibly other invasive plants in a careful manner to preserve existing native plants around this historic house.**  If you do not know how to identify or remove Coral ardisia, you will be taught.  The type of work will vary from gentle to vigorous, depending on your ability and zeal. 

         Lunch and beverages will be provided by a private donor: Bring bug spray, gardening-type gloves and your own water bottle. Some tools will be provided, but it would be helpful for participants to bring clippers and pointed shovels if you have them.  Children permitted, but must be supervised by an accompanying adult. No pets, please.

          Registration is requested by 22 Jan (so we have an approximate idea for food and beverages), but not required.  Please arrive at the house before/on time --9:30am.  For more information, and to register, please contact one of the following:

    Byrd Lewis Mashburn, springhouseinstitute@gmail.com, 850.321.6417 (text please if no answer),

    Karen J. Berkley, kjberkley@gmail.com, 850.570.5740 (text please if no answer)

    ONLINE: http://www.preservespringhouse.org/invasive-plant-removal-workday.html

         **Spring House is the only built private residence in Florida designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is sited on a natural spring that flows to Lake Jackson.  Funds are being raised for the house and grounds to be acquired by Spring House Institute, and Spring House will be restored for use for a broad spectrum of classes and other events (http://www.preservespringhouse.org/).  It is not yet open to the public except on 2nd Sunday public tours from 2-4 pm. The grounds around the house are heavily infested with Coral ardisia and other invasive plants. 

    This workday continues efforts by the Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, the Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association and The Nature Conservancy in conjunction with efforts by the City of Tallahassee and the Northwest Florida Water Management District to alleviate the problem of invasive events in our neighborhood parks.

    Note: This activity is not appropriate if you are severely allergic to poison ivy. 

  • Naples ChapterFestival in the Woods

    Naples Chapter

    Festival in the Woods

    10:00 am

    Picayune Strand State Forest

    Interested in community outreach? The Naples Chapter is looking for volunteers to communicate our mission to visitors at the 2015 Festival in the Woods. At our educational booth, we plan to offer a native plant quiz game for kids and adults to play, along with informative and membership handouts. This one-day event is scheduled from 10am-3pm.

    Please contact our Director of Outreach, Emily Wilson, at ewilson@naplesgarden.org or (813) 367-6559 if you would like to participate.

  • SeaOats ChapterCANCELLED Sea Oats Monthly Plant Walk

    SeaOats Chapter

    CANCELLED Sea Oats Monthly Plant Walk

    10:00 am

    Matanzas State Forest

    Matanzas State Forest Walk.  Meet at US1 South and Double Gate Rd (approx 9500 Dixie Highway, St Aug), 3 miles south of US1 & CR 206 intersection.  Followed by group lunch.

  • Coontie ChapterBroward Extension Open House

    Coontie Chapter

    Broward Extension Open House

    10:00 am

    3205 College Av, Davie, Fl 33314

    UF-IFAS OPEN HOUSE 2015, 10 am - 3 pm

    Includes Native Plant Demonstration garden tours and much, much more.
    Details at 
    http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/OpenHouse/index.shtml

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  • SeaRocket ChapterMonthly Sea Rocket Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Monthly Sea Rocket Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Program Title:  "What Native Plants Can Do For The Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow”
     
    Come hear Greg Hendricks, USDA-NRCS retired rangeland ecologist explain what these key plants are, and how they contribute toward returning former native prairie into Florida Grasshopper Sparrow habitat again.
     
    All are welcomed to attend.

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