Calendar for -- August 2014

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  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Workday

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Workday

    9:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden

    Come help us weed the native sandhill planting and Discovery Barn native garden. We may even have some plants to install. Bring gloves, a hat, closed-toe shoes (recommended), water, sunscreen, and a snack. All are welcome!

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterBoard Meeting

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    Board Meeting

    5:30 pm

    Fifield Hall, UF (off of Hull Road)

    Please meet outside the front of Fifield Hall, in front of the glass doors that face Hull Road, by 5:30pm.


  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Meeting - The Audacity of Perpetuity: Land Trusts' Role in Preserving Biodiversity

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Meeting - The Audacity of Perpetuity: Land Trusts' Role in Preserving Biodiversity

    7:00 pm

    Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville

    David Pais will outline strategies used by land trusts to protect private lands and create greenways. Much of Florida's natural heritage remains in private ownership. Ranches, farms and other large parcels are at risk from encroaching urban sprawl, rising land prices, and taxes. Land trusts exist to help private landowners establish and manage conservation land.

    David Pais serves as President of the Board of the Conservation Trust for Florida, a statewide land trust which specializes in protecting rural working landscapes and wildlife corridors. David was educated at Rollins College and University of FL. He was a founding member, and past president of the Gainesville Chapter, and Past President of the State FL Native Plant Society. He is certified as an Arborist, a Landscape Designer, & Landscape Contractor and for over 30 years operated a design and consulting business that specializes in Ecological Restoration and Native Landscapes throughout Florida. He is currently a Licensed Real Estate Broker that specializes in restoration & preservation of unique properties and landscapes of Florida.

    Our meetings and public programs are held at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville FL 34601. Refreshments and mingling at 6:30pm, program starts at 7:00pm.

  • Serenoa ChapterSunsets @ Selby

    Serenoa Chapter

    Sunsets @ Selby

    6:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Enjoy the Gardens after hours (for a limited time)

    6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Members: $10; Non-members: $12; Children 11 and under: free

  • Pinellas ChapterIntroduction to Mycology

    Pinellas Chapter

    Introduction to Mycology

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park

    Dustin Purcell, Mycologist and PlantPathologist, will discuss mycology, the study of fungi, mushrooms, molds, yeasts and mildews. Fungi are among the most diverse organisms on earth. Discover the beneficial role fungi playsin the natural environment and in our backyards and gardens. Learn about the harmful effects of fungi and the variety of diseases that destroy desirable vegetation. This program will interest the avid Florida gardener, native plant enthusiast and the curious naturalist alike.

  • Magnolia ChapterBig Bend Environmental Forum

    Magnolia Chapter

    Big Bend Environmental Forum

    5:15 pm

    Tallahassee City Commission Chambers, City Hall, 2nd Floor

    The Big Bend Environmental Forum and the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee are hosting a candidates' forum for local candidates:

    • Tallahasssee City Commission Seat 2, Seat 3, and Mayor

    • Florida House Districts 8 and 9

    Citizens will have the opportunity to suggest questions covering environmental, energy, sustainability, and growth management issues.

    The forum will run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and will be preceded by a candidate meet and greet at 5:15 pm.

  • SweetBay ChapterMeeting and Speaker Presentation

    SweetBay Chapter

    Meeting and Speaker Presentation

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City, FL

    Vic Keisker will speak about “The Flora and Fauna along State Road 65 in the Apalachicola National Forest"


  • SweetBay ChapterElam Stoltzfus's film, “The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee”

    SweetBay Chapter

    Elam Stoltzfus's film, “The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee”

    6:00 pm

    The Martin Theater, Panama City

    Elam Stoltzfus ia coming to The Martin Theatre at 6:00 pm Central Time on Friday, August 8, 2014, to present his documentary film, The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee.”  

    There will also be special appearances by Will Abberger, Campaign Manager for Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, to explain why you should vote“Yes” on Amendment 1, and by Kent Wimmer with Defenders of Wildlife’s Northwest Florida program. 

    To attend, please register online to receive your free ticket. 

    For questions or for members who are not able to register online, we would appreciate if you could please determine how many such tickets are needed and call us at 850-784-0809 ext. 1, so we can reserve tickets for you.

  • Ixia ChapterNative Park Workday

    Ixia Chapter

    Native Park Workday

    8:30 am

    Native Park

    Native Park was established in 1923 by the Avondale Garden Circle for "plant life study" and was adopted by our Ixia Chapter In January, 2010 under the City's Friends of the Park program. That designation gives the Chapter a role in the planning, development and care-taking of Native Park.  Also, a wonderful way to learn what will grow in your yard.

    Please join us from 8:30-11:30, and provide some TLC for our beautiful Native Park.

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

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

    Please contact Sally Steinauer if you plan to be there or need directions. E-mail works best- Phone is 388-4392.  Leave a message if no answer.

  • Pinellas ChapterDemonstration Garden

    Pinellas Chapter

    Demonstration Garden

    9:00 am

    Florida Botanical Garden - Pinellas Extension, Largo, FL

    9:00 a.m to noon: Tour the Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Pinellas County Extension. This demonstration garden has over 125 native species, and many were planted about 24 years ago. This is the place to see how big that mature tree or shrub will get. This is also the place to see native vines, grasses and wildflowers. Join Lisa Boing, Master Gardener and her team of knowledgeable volunteers for a tour of this amazing resource. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Pinellas Extension Office,12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL

  • Tarflower ChapterAugust Field Trip

    Tarflower Chapter

    August Field Trip

    9:30 am

    Withlacoochee State Forest, Croom Tract

    We will travel into the Sandhills of the Croom Tract to look at varied fire regimes and the response of the sandhill community to growing season and dormant season fires. Large areas have been recently managed with growing season fire and should be at their peak late summer early fall wildflower bloom. This area is also home to the federally endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker and we will be able to investigate a RCW colony within a short walk of the parking areas.

    Two carpool meet up locations:

    Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803 at 7:20am for departure at 7:40am.


    Wendy’s at 31044 Cortez Ave, (State Road 50) Brooksville Florida at 9:00am sharp.

  • SweetBay ChapterWonderful World of Fungi

    SweetBay Chapter

    Wonderful World of Fungi

    10:00 am

    Wildcat Creek Educational Center

    Wildcat Creek Educational Center is honored to have Mycol Stevens hold our hand and lead us into the wonderful world of Fungi

    August 2nd 10AM central time

     Wildcat Creek Educational Center is located off highway 20, ¼ mile east of intersection 275 and highway 20.  We suggest a sliding scale donation of $10 to $20 to cover our costs. Organic vegetarian lunch provided.  Mycol has been collecting and eating wild mushrooms since 1992 consuming over a 100 species. Mycol is a botanist with Fish and Wildlife commission with a MS degree from UF in wetlands ecology. Register earlier for this workshop or on Facebook “Wildcat Creek Educational Center” 

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  • CupletFern ChapterChapter Meeting - Florida’s Black Bears

    CupletFern Chapter

    Chapter Meeting - Florida’s Black Bears

    7:00 pm

    200 Fairmont Ave., Sanford.

    What’s going on with bears in Florida?  How do they fit it into our lives and impact us?  Florida Wildlife Conservation Commissioners approved the removal of the black bear from the list of state-threatened species and created a new rule that maintains it is illegal to injure or kill a bear or possess or sell bear parts. As part of the delisting process the Florida Black Bear Management Plan was passed that guides how Florida’s bears should be managed over the next 10 years.  The plan creates Bear Management Units (BMU) based on the seven geographically distinct bear subpopulations in Florida. BMUs give people an opportunity to play an active role in efforts to manage and conserve bears in their local community. Tom Shupe, District Biologist with Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission will explain bear life history, status, threats to the Florida Black Bears’ long-term survival and expansion into historic ranges, and how concerned citizens can help.  Free. 407 302-7616.

  • Pawpaw ChapterAugust Chapter Meeting - Ocean Friendly Gardens

    Pawpaw Chapter

    August Chapter Meeting - Ocean Friendly Gardens

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Community Center, South Daytona

    Our August speaker will be Ryan Mahler - Executive Committee Chair of the Volusia/Flagler Surfrider Foundation.  His topic will be Ocean Friendly Gardens.

    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.

    Plant of the Month: Saw Palmetto - Serenoa repens - presented by Mark Wheeler


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  • CupletFern ChapterLongleaf Pine Preserve Eco-buggy Ride

    CupletFern Chapter

    Longleaf Pine Preserve Eco-buggy Ride

    9:00 am

    East-4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.

    Unfortunately, this field trip has been cancelled because the ground is too wet for the eco-buggy tour.

  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Board and Council of Chapters

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Board and Council of Chapters

    10:00 am

    Ocala- Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat 10780 E Hwy 318, Fort McCoy, FL 32134.

    This will be a combined meeting and will include:


    The Meeting will be held at Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat, 10780 East Highway 318,  Fort McCoy, FL 32134.  Two nights lodging are available in the bunkhouse adjacent to the Meeting room (for a nominal fee plus breakfast Sat & Sun, Dinner Sat night).  We are planning a pot-luck lunch or bring your own.

    Morning activities include Council Meeting (10-11:30 am) and Board (11:30 -12:30 pm). A plant ID workshop is concurrent with the meetings for FNPS Members during the Board Meeting & Council meeting. FNPS Members attending both meetings will miss the Plant ID. We will save some plants for you :>).

    More information will be sent vial email to all Board and Council members that will include the rate for the two nights lodging and meals (Breakfast Sat & Sunday; and Dinner Sat) and what to bring.  for lodging (bedding, towells, etc) and the Pot-Luck lunch on Saturday. 

    Bring your Canoe and Kayak  for a Sunday morning paddle on Horshoe Lake. Don't forget PFD's. We will also have a plant walk.


  • Council ChapterBoard & Council Meetings

    Council Chapter

    Board & Council Meetings

    10:00 am


    Please visit the Society Calendar (Filter: FNPS Society Events) for the latest meeting details.

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  • Suncoast ChapterAugust Meeting

    Suncoast Chapter

    August Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office

    Rare Plant Conservation Update

    presented by
    Juliet Rynear, Rare Plant Specialist Bok Tower Gardens
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    One of the most unique ecosystems in the world is in central Florida. The high, sandy Lake Wales Ridge is home to many plants found nowhere else in the world, but due to increased development, the scrub is shrinking and the survival of these unique species is threatened.  Fortunately, the biologists at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales ridge are working to prevent these plants from becoming extinct. One of 39 institutions that participate in the coalition of the Center of Plant Conservation (CPC), Bok Tower Gardens collects and houses approximately 64 of the most threatened local plant species for research, propagation and re-introduction back into the wild.  More information on the coalition and their conservation efforts can be found at

    Juliet Rynear, Rare Plant Specialist at Bok Tower Gardens, is our August speaker. Her work in the Rare Plant Conservation Program includes the development of protocols for nursery propagation and introduction of new plant populations into the wild. Some  SNPS members have helped with these plant studies and rescues: Our own Carmel vanHoek helps with the annual bellflower surveys and others have assisted with the Chrysopsis floridana  restoration and monitoring project.  Juliet will discuss the status of these, and other plants she has studied.

    Juliet received her Master of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management and earned a Certificate in Applied Plant Conservation from the University of Denver.  Juliet has enjoyed a lifelong love of plants and our natural world.  Before moving to Florida in 2008, she was a member of both the Mississippi and Nevada Native Plant Societies and is currently the Chair of the Conservation Committee for the Florida Native Plant Society.

    As usual, we provide light refreshments at all of our monthly meetings, and we have a plant auction following the presentation. 

  • PineLily ChapterAttracting Pollinators to your Florida Native Garden with Martha Steuart

    PineLily Chapter

    Attracting Pollinators to your Florida Native Garden with Martha Steuart

    6:03 pm

    First United Methodist Church, 101 W. Dakin Av, Kissimmee FL 34741

    The meeting will be held on Thursday August 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 101 W. Dakin Av, Kissimmee FL 34741.  We will be meeting in the 2nd Floor Youth Center.
    In Martha's own words:

    "I am a third generation Floridian, born in Tampa, Florida and raised on a 300+ acre cattle ranch north of Tampa. My love of the outdoors developed from growing up roaming the woods. I became interested in photography in college. After moving to Brevard County, I joined the Conradina Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and the local Audubon Society chapter. I am also a Brevard County Master Gardener. My husband, Paul Austin, and I enjoy nature photography now that we are both retired. I find my subject material on trips, at the local native nursery and in my native plant yard.

    Many things besides bees and butterflies pollinate the flowers we love and the food we eat. Birds, wasps, beetles and mammals all contribute. Find out who they are and how to protect and encourage them, for a healthy landscape and garden."

    This program is free.

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  • PalmBeach ChapterVolunteer Event: Native Plant Demo Garden Maintenance

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Volunteer Event: Native Plant Demo Garden Maintenance

    9:00 am

    Clayton Hutchenson Building at Mounts

    Location: Clayton Hutchenson Building at Mounts Come and learn from experts as you help us maintain our Native Plant Demonstration Garden. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, identify plants and take home cuttings for your garden. Work parties are held on the Saturday following our monthly meetings. Drop by anytime between 9:00 am and noon to learn, socialize and enjoy brunch in the open air. Don’t forget to bring your garden tools!

  • SeaRocket ChapterButterfly Garden Workday

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Butterfly Garden Workday

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780

    Butterfly Garden Workday - from 10AM till 2PM. Volunteers are working in the various butterfly gardens around the kiosk at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Weeding, trimming, planting, and whatever else needs to be done to enhance the natural beauty and functionality of these native gardens will be in work. Great time to learn from experts about native plants. Bring water, hat, gloves, and stable shoes.

  • Suncoast ChapterAugust Field Trip

    Suncoast Chapter

    August Field Trip

    9:30 am

    Bok Tower Gardens

    Bok Tower Gardens boasts one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

    In conjunction with our August speaker, Juliet Rynear, the Conservation chair of FNPS and rare plant specialist at Bok Tower Gardens, we are taking a tour of the garden and of the research portion of the center.

    The meandering, historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting offering a series of romantic recesses and tranquil resting spots, picturesque vistas and breathtaking views of the Singing Tower. Acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines fashion a lush backdrop for flowering foliage.

    There is a lovely cafe on the grounds where we plan to stop for lunch before heading home. You will also enjoy the unusual offerings in the gift shop.

    Unless you are a FNPS member AND reserved your spot by August 14th, admission fee to Bok Towers is required ($12 - Sorry, No Exceptions). If you'd like to carpool, meet at 8:00 AM at the Seffner Extension Office, or meet us at Bok Tower at 9:30 am.  We hope you will be able to join us

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  • Magnolia ChapterRadical Mycology

    Magnolia Chapter

    Radical Mycology

    6:00 pm

    FSU, King Building, Rm 1024

    6:00-8:00 pm with gathering time and refreshements at 5:30.

    The 2014 Radical Mycology Tour is coming to Tallahassee to promote the upcoming book, Radical Mycology, the third Radical Mycology Convergence, and to hold presentations and workshops on the skills and theories behind the Radical Mycology movement.The Radical Mycology tour will share a unique approach to understanding the important role that fungi play in positive personal, societal and ecological transformations. Mushrooms and other fungi can help address many pressing global issues and as awareness of fungi grows, people around the world are seeking accessible knowledge on how to work with these incredible organisms. The 2014 Radical Mycology tour will present numerous mycological skills for people of all backgrounds in a practical and accessible way. This tour will be the next major fruiting body for the Radical Mycology project as we continue to build a stronger network of like-minded mycophiles, activists, and citizen scientists. We hope you can join us!

  • LongleafPine ChapterField Trip to Historic Blakeley State Park

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Field Trip to Historic Blakeley State Park

    7:30 am

    N of Spanish Fort, AL

    Meet 7:30 AM in parking lot of Pensacola Publix at West Nine Mile Rd and Pine Forest Rd, or go to park located west of Hwy 225 about 4.5 miles north of Spanish Fort, AL.  Modest fee at entrance gate.  Moderate hiking.  Finish by early afternoon.  Suggestion:  bring lunch to enjoy at nice picnic area in historic Washington Square near famous Hanging Tree.  Expected highlights:  bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) along Jackson Springs Nature Trail, boardwalk trail along scenic Tensaw River, and tremendous botanical diversity in Zig-Zag area (including Desmodium nudiflorum and Collinsonia serotina).  Leader:  James Burkhalter.

  • SweetBay ChapterLake Powell Cleanup

    SweetBay Chapter

    Lake Powell Cleanup

    8:00 am

    Lake Powell

    More information to follow.

  • Pawpaw ChapterChapter Field Trip - Landscape Tour preview

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Chapter Field Trip - Landscape Tour preview

    8:30 am

    North Volusia County

    This field trip is open to Pawpaw Chapter members only.  It will be a preview, spending about 20 minutes at each yard, of the chapter's Fall Native Landscape Tour, which will be held on Oct. 25.

    Meet at Ormond Beach library (parking lot corner nearest Tomoka Ave & Eileen Butts St) at 8:30. We will carpool to visit the yards and then have lunch at Tomoka River Grill.

  • Coontie ChapterNative Plant Sale

    Coontie Chapter

    Native Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Secret Woods Nature Center

    With local nurseries, the Broward Chapter sells native plants to the public. This is your best chance of finding many species that you have been unable locate. We make a special trip to a wholesale nursery south of Miami to find healthy, reliably-sourced plants not locally available. Other vendors have beautiful native plants, too. Our sales help support Chapter operations, so every purchase is also a donation to help conserve local native plants. This sale takes place at the Secret Woods parking lot in the morning. Sales continue rain or shine.

  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Lemon Bay Park

    570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood, FL 34223

  • SweetBay ChapterGulf Lupine Plant Survey

    SweetBay Chapter

    Gulf Lupine Plant Survey

    12:00 am

    Point Washington State Forest

    Assist Tallahassee botanist with survey of Gulf Lupines in Pt.Washington State Forest.  Contact Deb Fable for more information. 

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