Calendar for -- September 2016

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  • Suncoast ChapterNative Garden Maintenance

    Suncoast Chapter

    Native Garden Maintenance

    8:00 am

    Plant City Community and Teaching Gardens, 2001 E Cherry St, Plant City, FL 33563, Plant City , FL

    The Suncoast Native Plant Society has adopted two areas in the Plant City Commons Teaching Garden. The Native Plant Garden is well maintained, but the area adjacent to it needs to be cleaned up. Help us remove invasive plants and and prepare this natural wetlands for native planting. 
    Several SNPS members will be there to work, but others are welcomed. We will be there as early as 8 am, but you can arrive between 8-9 am.  Plan to spend at least two hours pulling invasive plants and vines. We will have tools, garbage bags and gloves if you do not have any. 
    Children over the age of 12 are welcomed if accompanied by an adult. All participants will need to sign a waiver of liability. 

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  • Tarflower ChapterBill Partington, Founding FNPS member

    Tarflower Chapter

    Bill Partington, Founding FNPS member

    7:00 pm

    Leu Gardens

    Topic:  "People Who Saved Florida: 1965-1980"
    "William, or Bill as he prefers, has done considerable freelance work over the years in the environmental sciences. He first started out with Pine Jog Environmental in West Palm Beach. He started the Federated Conservation Council of Palm Beach County and worked there from 1965-67. The council represented 20 local organizations to protect a large local marsh in the area. Soon after, Bill became the Assistant Director for the Florida Audubon Society from 1967-71. Bill was also President of the Florida Defenders of the Environment from 1969-71, a group that was formed in Winter Park, that brought suit against the Cross Florida Barge Canal being built by the Army Corps of Engineers during that time. He was instrumental in getting President Nixon to make an executive order to hault the construction of the canal. He served as Director of the Florida Conservation Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization from 1979-90, who's mission was to provide accurate information on an array of environmental controversies. A Ford Foundation grant was awarded to Mr. Partington during this tenure to fund scholarly activities in environmental laws, the Everglades, Florida water quality, and impacts of waterfront canals. 
    Bill Partington is a founding member of the Florida Native Plant Society. He was Director of FNPS from 1979-85. During that time, the membership grew from 6 people to over a 1000. Bill Partington is famous for his calamity calendar- a calendar that was published yearly in the 1990s during the summer which featured cartoonists that poked fun of Florida's gator attacks, hurricanes, and overcrowding. He has written several articles and taken photos for the Florida Audubon Society, New York Zoological Society, Wilderness Society magazine, several wildlife books, and well as numerous columns on the environmental impact of the Cross Florida Barge Canal (now called the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway). Bill Partington graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1950 with a bachelors degree in Biology. In 1995, Williams College awarded Mr. Partington their coveted bicentennial award for distinguished career achievement. 
    Florida is famous for its wealth of scientists, writers, and activists who established parks, preserves, and named new species. Unfortunately, recent generations are not familiar much beyond their names and know little of the efforts made to rescue vanishing plants, landscapes, or animals. September's topic will cover noted conservationists between the years of 1965-80 such as Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (famed author of influential book "The Everglades: The River of Grass"), John MacQuigg, Bill Lund, Arthur (Art) Marshall, Nathaniel (Nat) Reed, Ken & Helen Morrison, and Marjorie & Archie Carr. Bill will touch base on his personal relationships with these people as well as how these important figures and their monumental efforts in Florida's conservation left their legacies in what can be found today. His presentation will be anecdotal to what went wrong when the Army Corps of Engineers planned to demonstrate what they were doing to the Ocklawaha River and how embarrassing their actions were when viewed in retrospect. Bill Partington will also share behind-the-scenes tidbits and funny stories on his past colleagues as a humorous diversion to the dire situation of Florida's imperiled beauty. This will be a casual-styled presentation and we encourage all our members to attend as we follow our dear friend and esteemed Tarflower member, Mr. Partington, down memory lane."


  • Pinellas ChapterLand Management Initiatives

    Pinellas Chapter

    Land Management Initiatives

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park 2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater

    FNPS members and land management reviewers Jan Allyn and Katy Roberts will talk about land management and FNPS's role. Talk starts 7:30, but we encourage people to socialize before the announcements at 7:00 p.m.

    Learn more about the FNPS Land Management Partners committee.

  • Ixia ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St., Jacksonville FL

    The St. Johns River - A GIFT OF NATURE

    "The St. Johns River has given us so much to be thankful for, in so many ways, that it is sometimes hard to grasp.” A. Quinton White, founding Executive Director of the JU Marine Science Research Institute and Professor of Marine Science.

    Dr. Quinton White received his B.S. degree from N.C. Wesleyan College, his M.S. degree from the University of Virginia, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina at the Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research. Dr. White joined the faculty at Jacksonville University in 1976. He has been active in marine science education, and research concerning the St. Johns River and the impact of man on marine ecosystems. Dr. White serves as a consultant with the City of Jacksonville Waterways Commission on manatee and water quality issues.

    In Dr. White’s May 6, 2016 River Life article in the Times-Union titled “Individually or together, you can help river”, he states that “as one of the thousands of people who do reduce their water consumption, or turn off unnecessary lights, or use a little less fertilizer, we can make a big difference”.  He encourages group action and synergy to make an even bigger difference in restoring the health of the river. 

    Join us on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 at Willowbranch Library to hear Dr. White share his love, amazement and knowledge of the river that we have managed to use and abuse for far too long. And, discuss ways Ixia and FNPS can continue to help protect our Florida rivers. 

    You do not need to be an Ixia member to attend. We welcome all interested people. 

    For more information about ixia  - or


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  • Ixia ChapterTLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    TLC Saturday

    9:00 am

    Native Park, 3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    2016 marks the 6th anniversary of Ixia’s adoption of Native Park. Please join us for TLC Saturday at Native Park on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30 (you are welcome to come for all or part of the morning).


    Volunteering at Native Park is a great way to learn about native plants that grow in our area, meet other Ixia members, get some exercise, and help the pollinators that depend on these plants to survive.


    Native Park was established in 1923 by the Avondale Garden Circle for plant life study and was adopted by our Ixia Chapter in January, 2010 under the City’s Friends of the Park program.  This designation gives our chapter a role in the planning, development, and care-taking of Native Park.


    Remaining 2016 TLC schedule:

    October 8

    November 12

    December-no TLC day


    For more information contact

  • Pawpaw ChapterSept. Field Trip - Tiger Bay Drive & Hike Tour

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Sept. Field Trip - Tiger Bay Drive & Hike Tour

    9:00 am

    Tiger Bay State Forest

    Driving and Hiking Orientation Tour of Tiger Bay State Forest

    Meet at 9 AM in the parking area of Indian Lake Recreation Area (ILRA). Parking fee is $2.00.

    ILRA gps:   29°09'58.2"N 81°09'44.2"W    (decimal version: 29.166177, -81.162288)

    ILRA is located  within the Indian Ridge Tract of Tiger Bay State Forest (TBSF) off Rima Ridge Rd. ILRA can be accessed from Hwy 40 via Rima Ridge Rd. ILRA can also be accessed from West International Speedway Blvd. via Indian Lake Rd. 

    From the parking area we will car pool to points of interest. The goal is to inform you of "things to do" and places of interest within this state forest. The focus is on the historical, botanical and nature studies. There is hiking involved at several stops and all hiking has uneven, unimproved footing. Hikes are difficult to moderate, but of short distance. 

    Only "civilians" on this trip; there will be no representatives from the forest service. So let your hair down and let's go out and play.

    Field Trip Guide:  Kathy Crawford
       e-mail:  Phone; landline w/answering machine:  (386) 256-5924

    Bring the usual: dress appropriately for the weather, bring plenty of water, insect repellant highly recommended, field guides, binoculars, etc as desired.

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip to ANF

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip to ANF

    9:00 am

    ANF - meet at Telogia Park & Ride

    Field trip: September 10th, ANF to see Asclepias viridula, among other milkweed species (possibly platanthera, among others). Meet at the Telogia Park and Ride for Caravanning/carpooling. Others can meet at the Sumatra Grocery. 

  • Magnolia Chapter5th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival

    Magnolia Chapter

    5th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival

    10:00 am

    Lake Ella, Tallahassee

    The Magnolia Chapter will have a booth at the 5th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival at Lake Ella from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

  • Sumter ChapterInvasive Plant ID & control

    Sumter Chapter

    Invasive Plant ID & control

    6:00 pm

    2427 CR 522 Sumterville

    Robert Lindemuth from the Florida Forest Service

      Invasive Plant ID & Control for local area.

    Join us for our monthly meeting, refreshments and raffle items.

    For more information call 325-568-8277

  • Conradina ChapterChapter General Meeting and Election of Officers

    Conradina Chapter

    Chapter General Meeting and Election of Officers

    6:00 pm

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

    Dr. Jay Barnhardt  will present 'Drive by Botany'. Enjoy a narrated visual presentation about a variety of attractive and interesting looking plants that are frequently observed while traveling in a moving vehicle in and around East Central Florida. See what these curious specimens look like from a subsequent close-up inspection and analysis. Gain appreciation of beauty and utility of a number of both native and exotic plants; and enjoy a nature tour without enduring cold, rain, or mosquitoes.

    Dr. Barndardt has received certification in two of the Florida Master Naturalist Programs and has been giving guided tours at the Enchanted Forest, Sebastian Inlet State Park, the Barrier Island Preserve, and numerous sites for many years during the Birding and Wildlife Festivals.  He is retired from his second career as Dade County Medical Examiner (Miami CSI), and his favorite activities are fishing, playing the piano, and giving interpretive presentations showcasing Florida’s natural treasures.

    Please joins us for refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the program at  6:00 p.m.

  • Hernando ChapterFlorida Foraging–Learning the Land of Flowers' Larder

    Hernando Chapter

    Florida Foraging–Learning the Land of Flowers' Larder

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill Retreat, Brooksville

    Ethnobotany is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of their indigenous plants. Join us as we all become ethnobotanists in a fascinating exploration of the native edible and medicinal plants of Florida. Our expert guide, Scott Davis, will lead a foraging field trip on Sunday Sept. 11 (location TBA), to be followed by a public program indoors on Monday evening, 7:00 pm at Chinsegut Hill Retreat, Brooksville FL.  

    Scott Davis is a busy biologist, with Ethnobotany among his passions. He is a state board member for the Florida Native Plant Society, and president-elect for the Magnolia (Tallahassee) Chapter. In addition to his day job as ranger at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, he serves as Coordinator for the new Milkweed-Monarch Conservation Initiative, VP for Friends of Wakulla Springs, and as a committee member for the FWC Great Florida Birding Trail and Black Bear Stakeholders. He also owns a native plant nursery and is an officer of a non-profit agency on urban forest conservation.
    To participate in Scott's field trip, please write, subject line: Foraging Trip.

  • Pawpaw ChapterSept. Pawpaw Meeting

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Sept. Pawpaw Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    Program - Erin Miceli, horticultural manager of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford, will give a presentation on the role of native plants at the zoo and garden.

    The Pawpaw Chapter meets the second monday of the month at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd. South Daytona, FLThis is at the corner of Big Tree Road & James Street, entrance is from James St.  Doors open at 6:30, program at 7pm follwed by the chapter business meeting.

  • Magnolia ChapterCANCELLED - Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    CANCELLED - Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    8:00 am

    Corner of U.S. Hwy 84 and Wolf Creek Rd., Grady Co., GA


    Join an enthusiastic volunteer crew in caring for Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, where there are tens of millions of trout lilies and thousands of trillium.  Members of our chapter facilitated its permanent conservation in 2009 and continue to coordinate and support its care.  During workdays, we remove invasive plants throughout the property by hand-pulling, digging, weed-wrenching, and cutting and herbiciding the stems. Afterwards, if you wish, you can stay for (bring-your-own) lunch and a leisurely walk, investigating that month's changes.

    For maps, directions, and more information go to

  • Sparkleberry ChapterChapter Meeting - "Plant Perceptions and Characteristics that Influence Use of Native Plants"

    Sparkleberry Chapter

    Chapter Meeting - "Plant Perceptions and Characteristics that Influence Use of Native Plants"

    6:30 pm

    Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008 

    Have you ever wondered what other people see or think when they look at a landscape?  Did you know that not everyone sees the same things you see in that scene?  Gail Hansen, PhD, with her extensive experience as a faculty member in the UF Environmental Horticulture Department, the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, and as a Specialist in Landscape Design, will present some preferences and perspectives gained from various groups that may surprise you.  Her talk will include some of the preferred and non-preferred characteristics of various plants, some strategies to encourage the use of healthy landscapes and the many challenges in adopting an environmentally-friendly landscape using native plants. 


    In addition to the above, Dr. Hansen is a faculty advisor for the UFIFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping program and has an MLA and PhD in landscape architecture.  You won't want to miss this first meeting after our summer break and learn more about ways to build a sustainable landscape that will also enhance our environment.

  • NatureCoast ChapterAn Overview of Botany Research at USF Herbarium

    NatureCoast Chapter

    An Overview of Botany Research at USF Herbarium

    7:00 pm

    Land O Lakes Community Center,

    Speaker:         Dr. Alan R. Franck

    Program:        An Overview of Botany Research at USF Herbarium 

    An Herbarium is a building that holds a systematically arranged collection of dried plants. The University of South Florida Herbarium, founded in 1958, holds 285,000 specimens from around the globe. Of that number more than 100,000 are Florida specimens collected by a multitude of individuals throughout Florida. The oldest herbarium specimens at USF were collected by Ferdinand Rugel in the 1830s but some European herbaria have Florida specimens from the1700s. On average, the USF collection grows by about 5,00 specimens per year, the majority from Florida.


    Speaker Bio: Dr. Alan Franck is the curator of the USF Herbarium in Tampa. A native of Ohio, he moved to Florida in 2004 to enter graduate school at USF. His current research at the herbarium focuses on the traditional classification of plants (taxonomy) and distinguishing their form and specific structural features (morphology). He is also researching the taxonomy problems of endangered and endemic plants in Florida.

  • Coontie ChapterKelli Whitney on Migratory Songbirds

    Coontie Chapter

    Kelli Whitney on Migratory Songbirds

    7:00 pm

    2701 State Rd 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

    Kelli Whitney, Park Naturalist, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, will speak about "Migratory Songbirds: The Importance of South Florida as a Stop-over and Wintering Site" discussing migration, the habitat needs of migrating songbirds, and the importance of native plants as food. Photographer: Andy Morffew.

    All speaker events take place in Julia Hall. Welcome! We look forward to seeing you there. Speaker events, field trips, and many other Broward Chapter events are free and open to the public. Memberships help pay the costs, give conservation a voice in Broward County, and facilitate action to conserve species and native plant communities. Please Join (students $15, individuals $35, and higher for supporting memberships).

  • NatureCoast ChapterField Trip - Paddle With the Manatees on the Homossasa River

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Field Trip - Paddle With the Manatees on the Homossasa River

    9:30 am

    Riversports Kayak 5297 S. Cherokee Way 352-621-4972

    Riversports Kayak

    5297 S. Cherokee Way   352-621-4972


    This was June’s field trip, but was rained-out. It will be a fun adventure to watch the manatees and catch some glimpses of wild native shrubs growing along the river. We will watch the monkeys on Monkey Island at the beginning of the trip and then paddle upstream to Homosassa Springs State Park where the wild manatees gather. (We will not be entering the park.) We can have lunch at the Yardarm at Riverside Resort across the parking lot from Riversports Kayak.


    Please email field trip leader, Gail Parsons, if you plan on attending.

  • Dade ChapterButterfly & Bird Day

    Dade Chapter

    Butterfly & Bird Day

    9:00 am

    Castelow Hammock

  • Coontie ChapterButterfly and Bird Day

    Coontie Chapter

    Butterfly and Bird Day

    9:00 am

    22301 SW 162 AV, Miami, Florida, 33170

    Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association, Tropical Audubon Society and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces are sponsoring "Butterfly and Bird Day" at Castellow Hammock Preserve & Nature Center. Free admission. Come to the events you like or come all day. Details at

    Walks: Early birding walk with TAS at 7:30. Bring binoculars! Hammock walks 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (path is rough; sturdy shoes advised). 

    Ongoing activities include children’s activities, information tables, plant vendors (cash or check) and holding area; book sales; butterfly spotting. A food truck will be available. 


9:30 - Miami’s Backyard Birds - Brian Raposa, TAS 

11:00 - Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida - Roger Hammer, naturalist, author, botanist, photographer 

12:30 - How Butterflies Work – and How They Survive - Rick Cech, natural history author and photographer 

2:00 - Birding and Endangered Butterflies of Biscayne National Park - Elsa Alvear, Biscayne National Park 

3:00 - The History of Natural History: A Participant’s Perspective” - Rick Cech. In memory of Elane Nuehring.

  • Magnolia ChapterMilkweed of Apalachicola National Forest

    Magnolia Chapter

    Milkweed of Apalachicola National Forest

    9:00 am

    Meet at Telogia Grocery park and ride (19994 FL-65, Telogia, FL 32360)

    Come join the Magnolia Chapter for the first field trip of the season!

    We will be headed out to Apalachicola National Forest with Dr. Loran Anderson to see the various milkweed species native to the forest, including the rare Southern milkweed (Asclepias viridula). Other species on our route will be pineland milkweed (A. obovata), Michaux's milkweed (A. michauxii), largeflower milkweed (A. connivens), clasping milkweed (A. amplexicaulis), and possibly a few others. We will discuss the biology, ecology, and conservation concerns of this amazing group of plants.

    Fall is also on the horizon, so there are many other plants beginning to bloom, including: Blazing star (Liatris spp.), hummingbird flower (Macranthera flammea), crested yellow orchid (Platanthera cristata), sunflowers (Helianthus spp.), and more.

    Be sure to bring bug spray, sunscreen and/or hat, water, snacks (if needed), lunch (if needed), camera, and anything else you may need for a half day (or more) in the field. It is recommended that attendees wear long pants and close toed shoes that can get wet- we will be visiting several areas that are quite wet and have uneven ground. Hiking will be minimal.

    For those who want to caravan out of Tallahassee, We will meet in the parking lot on the west side of the McDonald's on Pensacola st. (2022 W Pensacola St. Tallahassee, Fl 32304) at 8:00am, and leave at 8:15 am. We will meet the main group at the Telogia Grocery park and ride (19994 FL-65, Telogia, FL 32360) at 9:00am. We will start at FR 113 near Wilma, meander down 379, and end in Sumatra around lunchtime (12:30-1:30p).

    (We can visit other areas after lunch if there is more interest.)

    Please RSVP if you plan on attending! 

    Contact Trip Leader Kara Driscoll by phone(239-249-2340), email-, or Facebook messenger if you have any questions.

  • Magnolia ChapterFriends of Wakulla Springs Road Cleanup

    Magnolia Chapter

    Friends of Wakulla Springs Road Cleanup

    9:00 am

    Wakulla Springs side gate on CR 61

    Your help is needed to keep Wakulla Springs State Park beautiful and protect its wildlife....

    In 2003, the Friends adopted a three mile section of CR 61 (from SR 267 to Shadeville Rd). The Friends' road transects the park with the original area of the park (Ed Ball's property) on one side and the Cherokee Sink area on the other. 

    The Friends conduct quarterly road cleanups to beautify the area and more importantly protect wildlife. As you know, litter harms wildlife in a variety of ways. By removing litter from their road, volunteers are helping to protect the park's wildlife.

    You are needed! Please consider helping to keep the park beautiful and protect its wildlife. Volunteers will work from 9am until noon.

    Please meet at the side gate on CR 61 (see map) at 9:00am. Wear work clothes and shoes. If you have them, bring gloves and a water bottle. Please let Jackie Turner know if you plan to attend:, 850-561-7281.


  • Pinellas ChapterKayaking at Weedon Island Preserve

    Pinellas Chapter

    Kayaking at Weedon Island Preserve

    10:30 am

    Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Island Drive NE, St. Petersburg

    Join Jan Allyn on a paddle through mangrove tunnels and out into Riviera Bay. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at kayak rental area on entrance road near the visitor center. Plan to launch at 11 a.m. Ten single kayaks are reserved. If 10 people sign up, the price will be $36 per person for 4 hours. If fewer than 10, it will be $40. To reserve a kayak, call Sweetwater Kayaks at 727-570-4844 and tell them that you are part of the Pinellas FNPS group. If you bring your own boat, there is no charge. Bring drinking water, sun/insect protection, snacks, hat.

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    • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa September General Meeting: Plant Rescue

      Serenoa Chapter

      Serenoa September General Meeting: Plant Rescue

      7:00 pm

      Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

      Juliet Rynear, FNPS Conservation Chair The “who, what, why, where and how” of rescuing endangered plants from the wild, propagating them and replanting them in natural areas.

    • Magnolia ChapterSarracenia Chapter meeting

      Magnolia Chapter

      Sarracenia Chapter meeting

      6:00 pm

      Wakulla County Library

      Kevin Robertson, PhD., Fire Ecology Program Director 

      Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy 

      The Importance Of Fire Regime In Native and  Old-field Southern U.S. Pine-grassland  Plant Communities 

    • PaynesPrairie ChapterSeptember Chapter Meeting, 7pm

      PaynesPrairie Chapter

      September Chapter Meeting, 7pm

      7:00 pm

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

      Topic: Florida Forest Service
      Speaker: Michael Jenkins

    • Suncoast ChapterChapter Meeting: Florida Scrub Jays: Nowhere Else in the World

      Suncoast Chapter

      Chapter Meeting: Florida Scrub Jays: Nowhere Else in the World

      7:00 pm

      Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583

      How is Florida’s only endemic bird species faring across the state? Find out where they are thriving and why and how you can get involved in monitoring and protecting Florida Scrub-Jays and helping restore their unique habitat.

      Marianne Korosy began working for Audubon Florida in 2009. Her work is focused on shorebird and seabird conservation in addition to coordinating the statewide Jay Watch program. Marianne has a master’s degree in geology from FSU and a PhD in conservation biology from the University of Central Florida. Her doctoral research focused on winter ecology of Grasshopper, Henslow’s, and Bachman’s sparrows at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.

      Our meetings are held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be Light Refreshments, and following the presentations we will have a plant auction. 

    • TheVillages ChapterNative trees for the Urban Landscape

      TheVillages Chapter

      Native trees for the Urban Landscape

      1:30 pm

      Big Cypress Recreation Center

      Jason Smith with UF

      Jason Smith

      Jason Smith is a faculty member at the University of Florida. He teaches, conducts research and carries out extension programs related to tree diseases and forest health. He specializes in biology, diagnosis and management of fungal diseases, with emphasis on new and emerging tree health issues. In addition to his graduate course “Dendropathology”, he also teaches a graduate Seminar, an online graduate course entitled “Forest Ecosystem Health” and an undergraduate course designed for forestry students called “Forest Health Management”. His extension program focuses on technology transfer of novel diagnostic methods for tree diseases, educating the public about new and emerging diseases and providing training on diseases and decay in urban trees for the professional arboricultural industry.



      Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center, 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages, Florida. 32163

      Get Google directions to Big Cypress Recreation Center

      We welcome guests to come and see what our local society chapter is doing. FNPS membership forms and dues are accepted at the meeting or you can join online at

    • LongleafPine ChapterField Trip to Perdido Key State Park

      LongleafPine Chapter

      Field Trip to Perdido Key State Park

      7:30 am

      Southwest of Pensacola

      Meet 7:30 AM at parking lot in front of Big Lots in Warrington (400 N. Navy Boulevard) or go to corner of Lafitte Reef and Bowlegs Reef on Perdido Key and wait by roadside.  We will hike the north dunes trail which passes through white sand dunes and extends along the edge of coastal marshes on the north side of the island.  Expected highlights include Uniola paniculata (sea oats), Panicum amarum (bitter panicgrass), Chrysoma pauciflosculosa (woody goldenrod, Chrysopsis godfreyi (Godfrey's goldenaster), Quercus geminata (sand live oak), Ilex glabra (gallberry), Aronia arbutifolia (chokeberry), Juncus roemerianus (black needlerush), and Gratiola hispida (rough hedgehyssop).  Easy hiking.  Finish by noon.  Leader:  James R. Burkhalter. 

    • Citrus ChapterChurch House Hammock

      Citrus Chapter

      Church House Hammock

      8:30 am

      National Public Lands Day Service Project

      From 8:30 until ? 

      We will also be working along with other volunteers on Saturday, September 24th in honor of National Public Lands Day.  We will meet at Church House Hammock at 8:30 AM to assist with a new trailhead and with planting new native plants. If you are able to assist with this, please send an email to Theresa Schmidt at We need as many volunteers are possible to assist. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves, shovels, hand tools, loppers or small limb trimming tools and or course, bug spray and water to drink.

    • Hernando ChapterFall Native Plant Sale

      Hernando Chapter

      Fall Native Plant Sale

      9:00 am

      Chinsegut Hill Retreat, Brooksville

      Local native plant growers will offer a range of species for west central Florida landscapes. Fall is an excellent time to plant native perennials, shrubs, and trees in our area. September's ample rainfall helps roots establish before we dry out for the winter, while cooler temperatures reduce stress on plants. 

      Sale runs from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm – come early for the best selection. Plant and garden experts will be on hand with exhibits and advice. Exhibits will feature local public lands and activities for the whole family. Tours of the grounds from 10:00 - 11:00 am; tours of the restored Manor House $5.00 per person. Event Admission is free and open to the public. 

      Chinsegut Hill Retreat is located at at 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville, FL 34601, Phone: 352-799-5400.

      This event is sponsored by the Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. 
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    • Coontie ChapterWalk with James Lange in Grassy Waters Preserve

      Coontie Chapter

      Walk with James Lange in Grassy Waters Preserve

      9:00 am

      8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33412

      Meet in the parking lot at the boardwalk entrance at 9 a.m. (address above or 26.8088500, -80.1697500). From central Fort Lauderdale the drive is about 1 hour via the Turnpike; allow a little extra. James Lange, is a Researcher and Field Biologist at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and a delightful leader. He is specializing in conservation ecology, impacts of sea level rise on plant communities of south Florida, restoration ecology, field botany, and GIS mapping of rare plants and habitats.

      James will take us on the Cypress board walk (1 mile round trip) and nature center so we can learn plants and enjoy this wonderful northern Everglades area.  Here is a link showing the Grassy Preserve trails.

      If there is time and James and others want more (leader's call), we can do a optional second trail in Grassy Preserve, the Apoxee Trail. "A short asphalt paved ADA trail branches off into a natural substrate trail consisting of sand and boardwalks. The trail winds through restored wetland hammock and pine flatwoods. Heavy rains can cause trail flooding. Muddy conditions can be expected." The entrance to Apoxee Trail is 3125 Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411 (26.727568, -80.150958), one mile north of Okeechobee Blvd. We'll give you directions from the Cypress Boardwalk.

      Cypress Boardwalk is Easy. The optional Apoxee Trail may have some muddy places or off trail so we'll give that a Moderate a rating. Don't miss this opportunity to see the very special Grassy Waters Preserve with a great guide, James Lange.

      On all field trips the standard recommendation is: bring water to carry, long pants, long sleeve shirt, repellent, sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes that can get muddy and wet, an extra dry pair for the ride home, rim hat, sunscreen, a walking stick (for balance in water), and a dry bag or several zip bags to keep valuables dry. Not all trips involve walking in water; our Easy, Moderate, or Difficult label is a clue. However, we don't always know the exact conditions or the eagerness of the group. Don't forget a camera or binoculars or a favorite snack, if they make your day more fun. Can it be more fun? Pack a lunch to leave in your vehicle (optional), if you want to picnic with others afterward.

    • PaynesPrairie ChapterSeptember Chapter Field Trip, 9am

      PaynesPrairie Chapter

      September Chapter Field Trip, 9am

      9:00 am

      Swwetwater Preserve

      Trip Location: Sweetwater Preserve
      Trip Leaders: Sandra Vardaman, Michael Drummond
      Please join Sandy Vardaman from the Alachua County Forever Program and Michael Drummond on a walk through Alachua County’s Sweetwater Preserve (not the Sweetwater Wetlands Park) where we will talk about the the natural communities, see cool plants and the new bridge across Sweetwater Branch.
      The 125-acre Sweetwater Preserve was acquired by Alachua County in 2006 with funding from the Alachua County Forever Bond and a Florida Communities Trust Grant. It is located in southeast Gainesville adjacent to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, the Downtown Connector of the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, and Boulware Springs Park.
      We will begin our walk at the West Trailhead located on the east side of the intersection of SE 16th Avenue and Williston Road, and explore both the west and east sides of the Preserve. We will see upland mixed forest, ?oodplain forest, seepage stream, baygall, a sinkhole lake, xeric hammock and sandhill along the way. Then spend some time in the sandhill talking about the progress and process of the restoration project.
      Meet at the west trailhead at the intersection of SE16th Avenue and Williston Road at 9:00 AM.
      Park on the SE 16th Avenue spur road on the east side of the intersection.


    • Suncoast ChapterPlant Walk

      Suncoast Chapter

      Plant Walk

      9:30 am

      Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL

      Come discover the beauty of native plants on a guided walk with a representative of the Suncoast Native Plant Society. One hour walks will start in the native plant garden at the Visitor’s Center, then on to the boardwalk to see what grows naturally in the hardwood swamp. Join us each month to see the seasonal changes and wildflowers. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. 
      Walks are FREE, but there is a $2 entrance fee per vehicle (up to 8 people) to get into the park.  

    • SeaRocket ChapterPublic Lands Day and Plant Sale

      SeaRocket Chapter

      Public Lands Day and Plant Sale

      10:00 am

      Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

      The Enchanted Forest is hosting a Public Lands Day where many volunteers come together to improve the look and feel of our public lands. Everyone is invited to lend a hand. Sea Rocket will be on hand selling native plants for your private lands.

    • Ixia ChapterSpeak Up for Florida Forever

      Ixia Chapter

      Speak Up for Florida Forever

      10:00 am

      Camp Milton Historic Preserve, 1225 Helsema Rd. N., Jacksonville FL 32220

      Join former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and Florida’s conservation community at “Speak up for Florida Forever,” a call to action to preserve and protect Florida’s natural lands and working landscapes. This free family-friendly event will take place at Camp Milton Historic Preserve and features prominent speakers, live music, guided tours of Camp Milton’s biodiverse nature trails and boardwalk, food trucks, and environmental exhibitors. In addition to learning about the importance of preserving natural lands, guests will also be able to enjoy a glimpse into life during the Civil War with presentations by historical period reenactors.


      This event is being brought to you by the Florida Conservation Coalition in partnership with 1000 Friends of Florida, North Florida Land Trust, Timucuan Parks Foundation, St Johns Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, and Florida Wildlife Corridor.


      Ixia Chapter members are supporting this important event at an information table. In addition, Ixia member Adam Arendell is scheduled to lead 20 minute family-friendly plant walks at 10:30 am and 2:15 pm. 


      Parking is available at Camp Milton, however participants are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event on the beautiful Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail. 


      Here is the schedule of the day's activities:

      10:00 AM Open
      10:15 Civil War Artillery Demonstration
      10:30 Guided Bike Ride & Native Plant Walk
      11:00 Hands-on Educational Activities for Families
      11:00 Inside Presentations (Florida Wildlife Corridor & North Florida Land Trust)
      11:50 Live Music by Whitey Markle & the Swamprooters
      12:20 Main Stage Addresses (featuring Senator Bob Graham)
      1:20 Citizen Advocacy Training & Book Signing with Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand
      2:15 Native Plant Walk
      2:00 Civil War Artillery Demonstration
      2:30 Live Music by Whitey Markle & the Swamprooters
      3:00 Indoor Presentations (St Johns Riverkeeper & 1000 Friends of Florida)
      3:00 Hands-on Educational Activities for Families
      4:00 PM Event Close

      Enjoy environmental exhibits and food from Eddis & Sons, Blue Pacific Grill & Taco Bar, and GuanaBana Ice Pops.

      Main Stage speakers will include Senator Graham; Senator Gibson; Mark Middlebrook, Executive Director or Timucuan Parks Foundation; Michael Adams, local landowner and Senior Florida Representative with Defenders of Wildlife; and a representative from Florida Blue.

      The educational activities will be hosted by St Johns Riverkeeper. Participants will be able to look for macroinvertebrates, test water quality, and learn about the importance of land conservation while experiencing nature first-hand.

      More information about the guided bike ride: . . .


    • Coccoloba ChapterFarmers Market and Native Plant Sale

      Coccoloba Chapter

      Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

      8:00 am

      Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, FL 33928

    • Ixia ChapterMember Only Ixia Field Trip

      Ixia Chapter

      Member Only Ixia Field Trip

      9:00 am

      Jennings State Forest

      Butterfly, Native Plant, and other Critters Photography Field Trip to Jennings State Forest in Clay Co.


      Jennings State Forest has over 80 documented species of butterflies. Late September and early October are the best times to visit for both numbers and diversity. Join us for a day of butterfly photography and native plants, including some in the Genera:  Dalea, Lachnanthes, Bidens, Asimina, Diodia, Elephantopis, Liatris, Carphephorus, and others, along with other critters. 


      Meet at the Jennings State Forest Office at 1337 Long Horn Road, North of 218 in Middleburg at 9:00 A.M.  We'll visit a great spot picked out on Nolan’s Ridge, then back to Live Oak Lane in the afternoon to visit another spot, finishing up around 2:00 P.M.


      Suggest you wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, hiking shoes, and hat. Pack water and snacks.


      Trip leader is Bill Berthet.  He has offered to assist with butterfly photography techniques and butterfly ID as needed.


      Many thanks to Bill! As Jake put it so well “seeing and learning the native plants that serve as the foundation of our planet's food web is what we're all about!”


      Directions:  From Blanding Blvd, turn right on Country Road 218. Continue for < 7 miles, then turn right on Long Horn Road. Continue for 1.2 miles, to the Forest Office.  


      Maximum 12 participants. Pre-registration at the September Ixia meeting. After the 9/8 meeting, e-mail Jake to sign-up @


      Trip weather permitting

    • Suncoast ChapterMonthly Field Trip

      Suncoast Chapter

      Monthly Field Trip

      9:00 am

      Moody Branch Preserve, 13805 Taylor Grade Road, Duette, FL

      Moody Branch Preserve is 960 acres in eastern Manatee County.
      We will car pool from the meeting place to the parking area/public access for Moody Branch Preserve. From the parking area, we’ll traverse a ~ 2.3 mile loop trail through pine flatwoods and oak scrub. We will cross Moody Branch on a low water crossing that will hopefully be dry.
      It is the oak scrub where we will encounter family groups of the Florida Scrub-jay. On the way to the scrub we will be treated to an excellent wildflower display including species of Carphephorus, Liatris, Rhexia, Polygala, Polygonella and native grasses. We will keep our eyes open for pine lilies.
      Majority of trial is in FULL SUN. Be prepared with a wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and drinking water. The scrub portion of the trial ( about 1 mile) is through deep, well-draining sand. Good hiking shoes/boots are recommended.
      After the field trip, we will pay a visit to Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery at 8905 Bunker Hill Rd.! This is a very special winery – almost all of their wines are old Florida specialties – such as blackberry, lime, muscadine grape and some really unique treats such as tomato, sweet onion, and sweet potato. They also sell “matching” jellies. They are also unique in their use of recycled wine bottles, you may want to donate a few (please make sure they have been rinsed).
      No restrooms or water fountains on site, visitors should come prepared: Bring a hat, sunscreen, long pants, water, a snack and a camera.
      From Tampa: On I-75 drive south to Exit 22 for Parrish & Moccasin Wallow Rd. (CR 683). Turn left and drive east ~ 5 miles to Hwy 301 in Parrish. Turn right on 301 driving 0.4 miles to SR 62 and turn left. Drive ~11.7 miles to Southfork Tract parking area on the left. (From Southfork, we drive east ~2.7 miles to Bunker Hill Rd. and turn left, drive 1 mile and turn left again. Parking/public access for Moody Branch is 3.5 miles on the left.)
      Shirley Denton is the contact 813 625-5031
      Read more here:

    • Dade ChapterField Trip

      Dade Chapter

      Field Trip

      9:00 am

      Ned Glenn Pineland (Cutler Bay)

      Leader:  Steve Woodmansee

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    • Dade ChapterMonthly Meeting

      Dade Chapter

      Monthly Meeting

      7:30 pm

      Pinecrest Gardens

      111 Street & 57 Avenue (Red Road) Pinecrest 33156

      Speaker:  Joy Klein

      Topic:  Pine Rocklands Education and Restoration

    • SeaRocket ChapterMonthly Meeting

      SeaRocket Chapter

      Monthly Meeting

      6:30 pm

      Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

      Sea Rocket will be having a Monthly Meeting with TBD to present.

      As always, a feature of the Monthly Meeting, is the Plant swap. Bring in a native plant, and swap it with 
      another. It's a great way to diversify your native landscape.

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