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Calendar for -- March 2015

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

    Suncoast Chapter

    Work Day: Removing Exotics to make way for Natives

    12:00 am

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

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

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  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Meeting - Certified Florida-Friendly Yards

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Meeting - Certified Florida-Friendly Yards

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville

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

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

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

    Cocoplum Chapter

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

    7:00 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, Jensen Beach, FL

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

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

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Program: Fascinating Ferns with Rick Ehle

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Program: Fascinating Ferns with Rick Ehle

    7:00 pm

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

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

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  • Tarflower ChapterPlant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    Tarflower Chapter

    Plant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    8:00 am

    Kerina Parkside

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

  • Pinellas ChapterBotany Projects in the Florida Park Service Southwest District

    Pinellas Chapter

    Botany Projects in the Florida Park Service Southwest District

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

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

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

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

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  • Coccoloba ChapterSite Visit for Landscaping

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Site Visit for Landscaping

    10:00 am

    Three Oaks Elementary School

    At the urging of the school districts south zone maintenance manager, we met with the principal and science teacher.  We walked the area with them, pointing out invasive exotics along with proving information on way to improve the current landscaping with native plants.  We also met with the building supervisor to discuss the direction and gauge his "buy-in" to maintaining native plants on the campus.  As a follow-up to this meeting, we sent a letter to the zone manager detailing the list of invasive species found in and around their on-campus cypress dome.  Next steps:  We will help lead a volunteer invasive work day at the school. Attendees were Martha Grattan, Dick Workman and Marlene Rodak.

  • SweetBay ChapterPresentation: Seepage Slopes and Wet Prairies in NW Florida by John Bente

    SweetBay Chapter

    Presentation: Seepage Slopes and Wet Prairies in NW Florida by John Bente

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

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

  • Magnolia ChapterAmy Jenkins - Harperocallis

    Magnolia Chapter

    Amy Jenkins - Harperocallis

    7:00 pm

    Room 1024, King Bldg., FSU campus

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

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  • Tarflower ChapterPlant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    Tarflower Chapter

    Plant Salvage at Kerina Parkside

    8:00 am

    Kerina Parkside

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

  • Pinellas ChapterWildflower Wayside Shrine Trail

    Pinellas Chapter

    Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail

    8:30 am

    Field Trip

    See below for carpool information and directions...

    Science, art, and the natural world come together in the Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail, a walking trail that explores pristine scrubland. Developed through a partnership between the South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) and Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, the trail fosters environmental preservation and education by setting aside a portion of this unique and rapidly dwindling ecosystem for scientific observation, artistic inspiration, and reflection.

    Along the campus trail are six shrine boxes, created by artist and educator Mollie Doctrow to honor the endangered plant species found on the Lake Wales Ridge. Inside the shrine boxes are botanical shadow boxes and journals that tell about the plants. Visitors are encouraged to write in the shrine journals, thereby sharing their impressions with their fellow travelers, and to make rubbings of the shrine boxes as mementos of their visits.

    Dr. Doctrow will be our guide for the tour, and will also open the museum for us to view its beautiful Florida art. Bring your camera to photograph beautiful spring wildflowers on the trail and on the trip there and back! (2.5-hour drive to Avon Park so we encourage carpooling.) Tour will begin at 10:30 a.m.

    Location: South Florida State College is at 600 West College Drive, Avon Park, 33825. The main trail is located on the north side of College Drive, across from the Bayhead Nature Trail. MAP

    Carpool: Field trip participants meet 8:30 a.m. at Publix’s side parking lot, Seville Square 3030 54 Ave S, St. Pete. MAP For more information email Candy Arnold.

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Preserve, Chattahoochee, FL

  • Cocoplum ChapterPropagation Workshop

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Propagation Workshop

    9:00 am

    Master Gardener Shadehouse @ Martin County Fairgrounds

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

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  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Volunteer Workday

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Volunteer Workday

    9:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park

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

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

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  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

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

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

  • Conradina ChapterMonthly Chapter Meeting

    Conradina Chapter

    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Melbourne Library 540 E Fee Ave. Melbourne FL, 32901

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

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

  • Pawpaw ChapterChapter meeting - Wild Florida Orchids

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Chapter meeting - Wild Florida Orchids

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center South Daytona

    Mike Parson will present Wild Florida Orchids.

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

    The Pawpaw Chapter meets the Second Monday of each month at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd (enter from St. James St.), South Daytona.

    Doors open 6:30 pm, Program at 7pm, followed by the business meeting.

    Click here for meeting location info and map.

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  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    9:00 am

    Wolf Creek Rd., Whigham, GA

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

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

    Naples Chapter

    Presentation - History and Management of Picayune Strand State Forest

    6:30 pm

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

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

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

  • Coccoloba ChapterCoccoloba Chapter Meeting

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Coccoloba Chapter Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Page Field Base Operations

    5200 Captain Channing Page Dr., Fort Myers, Fl 33907

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

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

  • Mangrove ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Mangrove Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:00 pm

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

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

  • NatureCoast ChapterMarch Chapter Meeting: Living with a Self-Sustaining Yard

    NatureCoast Chapter

    March Chapter Meeting: Living with a Self-Sustaining Yard

    7:00 pm

    Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd (US 41), Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

    Speaker: Troy Springer

    Program: Living with a Self-Sustaining Yard

     

    Through his years of experience designing, building and maintaining ecofriendly landscapes, Troy will talk about and share photographs on how to approach building and maintaining your yard to be aesthetically pleasing, yet functioning properly ecologically.

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    Bio:     Troy started a landscape business in 1992 while in college at USF then realized his business was harming wildlife. He started to learn about natives and opened Springer Environmental Services in 2005. In his quest to earn more about native plants he discovered FNPS and been very active in the Suncoast Chapter since 2004. He hopes to put in many more years of service to native plant conservation. She and her fellow land conservationists continue to negotiate with both private and public agencies, advocating for permanent, connected corridors and greenways. Contact info: (813) 967-4538, (813) 659-0370 troy@springerenvironmental.com

     

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  • Coccoloba ChapterA Study of the Food Chain

    Coccoloba Chapter

    A Study of the Food Chain

    12:00 am

    Mason Classical Academy

    Okay, so this one is a little outside our territory, but Marlene's cousin asked for a presentation on the food chain.  So, Marlene is heading down for a short presentation on the food chain and the importance of native plants to feed it.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterMarch Plant ID Workshop, 6:15pm Wednesday

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    March Plant ID Workshop, 6:15pm Wednesday

    6:15 pm

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

  • Coontie ChapterJennifer Possley on South Florida Ferns

    Coontie Chapter

    Jennifer Possley on South Florida Ferns

    7:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo: Alan Cressler, Asplenium abscissum, Cutleaf Spleenwort

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterMarch Chapter Meeting, 7pm Wednesday

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    March Chapter Meeting, 7pm Wednesday

    7:00 pm

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

    Attention: This month's meeting is on Wednesday, not Thursday.

    Topic: The SWAP Program (Save Water Add Plants)
    Speaker: Stacie Greco, Alachua County Environmental Protection
    Department

    Modeled after a successful program in San Antonio, Texas, SWAP facilitates replacing irrigated turf with mulch and drought-tolerant plants. SWAP in Alachua County is coordinated by our speaker, Stacie Greco of the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department and the Alachua County Extension Service (Wendy Wilber and Master Gardeners) and is focused on high water-use neighborhoods.

    Note: Anne Cox (president of the State FNPS) will make a short presentation at the end of the meeting to inform us about the state's new organization.

     

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  • Pinellas ChapterCollecting Plant Voucher Specimens in the Field Herbarium Workshop

    Pinellas Chapter

    Collecting Plant Voucher Specimens in the Field Herbarium Workshop

    8:30 am

    Terra Ceia Preserve State Park

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

    Where is Terra Ceia Preserve State Park? MAP

    Directions: From Pinellas County, take I-275 across the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Take the first exit (#5) onto US Highway 19 South. Take the first LEFT at the botton of the exit ramp, onto Terra Ceia Road/73rd Street West. Go 1/2 mile, then turn LEFT onto Hightower Road. Follow it to the end (goes under I-275).

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

    Note: There are no restrooms and no water at the park; please plan accordingly.

  • Ixia ChapterNative Park TLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    Native Park TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

    April 11

    May 9

    June 13

    July 11

    August 8

    September 12

    October 10

    November 14

    December - no scheduled TLC day.

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    For additional information contact sallysteinauer@bellsouth.net

     

  • Magnolia ChapterInvasive Plant Removal Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Invasive Plant Removal Workday

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Preserve, Chattahoochee

    Where:  Meet in shelter on Park Street, Chattahoochee

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

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

    Children:  accompanied by responsible guardian/parent

    Snacks:  provided!!

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

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

  • SeaRocket ChapterEnchanted Forest Garden Workday

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Enchanted Forest Garden Workday

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

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

  • Tarflower ChapterLeu Gardens Plant Sale

    Tarflower Chapter

    Leu Gardens Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

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

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

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

     

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterMarch Field Trip, 9am

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    March Field Trip, 9am

    9:00 am

    Barr Hammock

    Site: Barr Hammock, Levy Loop
    Trip Leader: Paul Lyrene

    The Barr Hammock Preserve is located south of Paynes Prairie. The hiking trail is atop levees that provide excellent views of the wet prairie with its fluctuating levels, as well as other ecosystems. Walking the trail provides the hiker with views of marsh and forest. The preserve connects Ocala National Forest with Goethe State Forest and provides an important connection between these two wildlife habitat areas.

    Barr Hammock Preserve entrance is located at SE 11th Drive, Micanopy, off Wacahoota Road near I-75.

    http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/EPD/Documents/Land/Portfolio/LevyBrochure.pdf

    Meet at 9:00am in the parking lot of Barr Hammock Preserve.

    Directions:

    Go South from Gainesville on US 441 (SW 143rd St.)

    Pass over the Paynes Prairie basin.

    About 3 or 4 miles beyond the basin, turn Right (west) onto Wacahoota Road.
    There is a designated right turn lane from US 441 onto Wacahoota Road. (If you get to the blinking yellow light in Micanopy, you;ve gone too far.)

    Within half a mile, pass over I-75 on the overpass bridge.

    Immediately after the bridge, turn Left onto a poorly paved road.

    Follow this road about a 1/4 mile down the hill to the Barr Hammock parking lot.

  • Mangrove ChapterPlant Native Day

    Mangrove Chapter

    Plant Native Day

    9:30 am

    Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL

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

  • Coontie ChapterA Fern Walk with Jennifer Possley

    Coontie Chapter

    A Fern Walk with Jennifer Possley

    10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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  • Council ChapterOpens Self-Nominations, Council Chair

    Council Chapter

    Opens Self-Nominations, Council Chair

    12:00 am

    Email to Chapter Representatives

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

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

  • Tarflower ChapterLeu Gardens Plant Sale

    Tarflower Chapter

    Leu Gardens Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

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

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

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

  • NatureCoast ChapterMarch Field Trip: Lizzie Hart Sink at the Withlacoochee Forest

    NatureCoast Chapter

    March Field Trip: Lizzie Hart Sink at the Withlacoochee Forest

    10:00 am

    Withlacoochee Forest (see directions)

    The Lizzie Hart Sink is a large sinkhole depression in the Withlacoochee Forest that is a part of the Brooksville Ridge, one of a few areas that was above sea level when most of Florida was under water. The area is interesting in itself, but especially so since our guide, Sid Taylor, Withlacoochee State Forest Ranger, says it has beech trees that are normally not found this far south in Florida. According to FNPS and one of our speakers last year, Dr. Walter Taylor (no relation to Sid), beech trees are only found as far south as Alachua County (Gainesville). Come find out who is right, and my money is on Sid, whose knowledge of the local plants and the Withlacoochee Forest is incredible. Sid also led us on our walk in November.

     

    We will be walking on mostly flat trails, however there may be some rocky terrain due to the karst topography. Bring a lunch and water. 

     

    Directions: Take the Suncoast Parkway north to where it ends. Turn right (south) onto Rt. 98. Take that to the first intersection, CR 491 (Lecanto Hwy.) and turn left. Take 491 to the first intersection and turn right on CR 480 (Stage Coach Rd.) Travel just over 1 mile and watch for Sid’s white FFS truck on the north (left) side. We will shuttle from there to Trail 22.

     

  • Beautyberry ChapterProgram Meeting:Garden Desigh with Native & Florida Friendly Plants

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Program Meeting:Garden Desigh with Native & Florida Friendly Plants

    2:30 pm

    Trout Lake Nature Center, Eustis

    come early at 2 pm for plant exchange, refreshments, library & social

    TLNC is located on the South side of County Road 44, about 1/2 mile East of SR-19

  • Council ChapterCouncil Meeting (3rd Sunday eves)

    Council Chapter

    Council Meeting (3rd Sunday eves)

    6:00 pm

    GoToMeeting Online

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

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

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  • Serenoa ChapterGeneral Meeting - The Amazon of North America

    Serenoa Chapter

    General Meeting - The Amazon of North America

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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

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  • Heartland ChapterBoard Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    Heartland Chapter

    Board Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    7:00 pm

    Denny's Restaurant in Lake Wales

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

  • SeaOats ChapterIdentifying 8 common native shrubs

    SeaOats Chapter

    Identifying 8 common native shrubs

    7:00 pm

    St Aug Beach City Hall

    An interactive, hands-on workshop with lots of cuttings to help you learn how to identify eight of NE Florida's most common shrubs.  Follow up with a Plant Walk on Saturday 3/21.

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  • Suncoast ChapterForgotten Grasslands of the South by Reed Noss

    Suncoast Chapter

    Forgotten Grasslands of the South by Reed Noss

    7:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Coontie ChapterSlog Cypress Dome or Gator Holes in Everglades NP

    Coontie Chapter

    Slog Cypress Dome or Gator Holes in Everglades NP

    8:45 am

    Coe Visitor Center, Everglades Nat'l Park

    Everglades National Park, 8:45 to 12:30 -- Hike or "slog" to a cypress dome or gator holes. Our leader will be Alan Scott, Chief of Resource Education and Interpretation for Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks.  Our final destination might be decided at the last minute based on the weather and the group, but it’s sure to be an interesting walk as we go off-trail and into the prairie.  In the dry season, chances are we will not be slogging in much water, but be prepared to walk in some muddy water and sharp sawgrass.

    Meeting time and place: Arrive at 8:45 for a 9 a.m. departure from the Coe Visitor Center.

    Directions: If you don’t know how to get there or how long it will take you, please look it up.  The address of Coe Visitor Center is 40001 State Highway 9336, Homestead, FL 33034 (but it’s a long ways past Homestead).

    Difficulty: Moderate. 

    Wear:  Long pants, long sleeves and a hat.  Close-toed, lace up shoes with socks are required.  No flip flops, sandals or aqua shoes. 

    Also bring: Sunscreen, water to carry, lunch if you want to picnic afterward.  A walking stick (a broom handle will do) could be helpful for some since the footing might be uneven.

    Park entrance fee: $10 per car (or pass). We’ll carpool in to use available passes or share fees.

    Info that morning: Try Patty’s cell (305-878-5705) but reception inside the park is doubtful.

     

  • Magnolia ChapterBirdsong Old Timey Plant Sale

    Magnolia Chapter

    Birdsong Old Timey Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Birdsong

  • Magnolia ChapterSeek and Destroy Coral Ardesia

    Magnolia Chapter

    Seek and Destroy Coral Ardesia

    9:00 am

    Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park

    Seek & Destroy Coral Ardisia!   (Last one for the season!! --until October 2015)

    (an invasive plant hands-on education program)
    SAT., 21st March 2015, 9:00am-12:30pm (lunch provided!*)
    Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Gate A, 1275 Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Fl
    (0.8 miles west of the intersection of N. Meridian and Miller Landing Rds.

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    For camaraderie, fun, healthy exercise, and the satisfaction of doing something good for the environment, consider participating in this event, which is part of a series of sessions for everyone--all ages--interested in the outdoors. Learn the importance of addressing the problem of invasive plants, with a particular focus on Coral Ardisia (CA), which is currently smothering much of the understory of this beautiful park and many other areas in Florida & N. Georgia.      

     The event involves a short (~ 1mile) hike during which you will learn, via hands-on work (great exercise!), how to  remove CA.  If time permits, we will also hike another 1/2 mile to a nearby area where CA is almost under control. Lunch will be provided at the end of the event by an *anonymous donor.

             Experts from the Northwest Florida Water Management District, The Nature Conservancy, and local chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society & Florida Trail association, along with the City of Tallahassee will be on hand to teach you how to ID at least 4 species of exotic invasive plants that can be found on the trail, different methods for removing them safely, and how to distinguish them from native plants.  

             At lunch (~30 min),  there will be more discussion about why this effort is important, how you can help in different ways appropriate for different activities (e.g., hiking, cycling, walking, your own back yard), how to report invasive plant sightings (http://www.eddmaps.org/).  If time, you will also learn more about this beautiful park: its rare butterflies, bluebird boxes, artifacts, history, and the Red Hills Horse Trials.

             Bring water, bug spray, garden/work gloves, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Bring a clipper and/or a shovel (pointed type is best) if you own them.

    Questions?  Contact Karen Berkley (850) 570-5740, kjberkley@gmail.com

  • Ixia ChapterField Trip: Ribault Club hiking trail on Fort George Island

    Ixia Chapter

    Field Trip: Ribault Club hiking trail on Fort George Island

    9:00 am

    11241 Ft. George Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32226

    The Ribault Club hiking trail on Fort George Island: 

    A portion of the vast Timucuan Historical and Ecological Preserve.

    Meet-up will be at the Ribault Club parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

    Trip Leaders:  Jake Ingram (cell 635- 6948) and Walter Bryant

    DIRECTIONS:  From I-95 just north of  the Trout River bridge take the Heckscher Drive (also Zoo Parkway and SR 105) exit heading east, a distance of approximately seventeen miles. If you come via I 295 and the Dames Point Bridge, take the Heckscher Drive exit and head east. Continue east on Heckscher Dr. and pass the St. John's River Ferry landing.  About a half mile past the ferry, turn left at the sign for Kingsley Plantation. Where the road forks, stay right on the paved road and go a mile and a half to the Ribault Club.  You’ll  love this drive!  Park at the Ribault Club parking lot and proceed to the Visitor Center.  For more info about the site consult:  http://www.nps.gov/foca/learn/historyculture/ricl_saturiwa_trail.htm 

    THE TRAIL

    There is a designated hiking trail that begins at the Ribault Club and traverses portions of what used to be a golf course.  In 1989 The Ribault Club became part of the Ft. George Island Cultural State Park and the golf course was abandoned.  Since that time Natural Selection (aka Mother Nature) has taken over the landscaping duties on what were once heavily managed fairways and greens  (Take a peek via Google Earth).  The ensuing flora and fauna of the site have created a biological laboratory for the past twenty-five years.

    Since the trail is fairly short we will have the option to extend the hike via the island loop road to Kingsley Plantation on the north end of the island.  There are restroom facilities at the Ribault Club Visitor Center and at Kingsley Plantation.

    LUNCH

    The Sandollar Restaurant located just east of the River Ferry crossing would be a great place to grab lunch. 

  • Magnolia ChapterOld Timey Plant Sale

    Magnolia Chapter

    Old Timey Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Birdsong Nature Center

    List of native plants for sale now on their web site. Be aware that some entries such as scarlet milkweed (Asclepias currasavica) are not native to our region. If in doubt, good places to check are the Florida plant atlas and USDA PLANTS database.
     

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Field Trip: Fern workshop

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Field Trip: Fern workshop

    10:00 am

    Seminole Environmental Center

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

  • Coccoloba ChapterTraipsing OK Slough with Jean McCollom

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Traipsing OK Slough with Jean McCollom

    10:00 am

    OK Slough

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

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

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

  • SeaOats ChapterStokes Landing Plant Walk

    SeaOats Chapter

    Stokes Landing Plant Walk

    10:00 am

    Stokes Landing Cons. Area, St Augustine

    This plant walk will emphasize the eight shrubs from our Tuesday Program, but everyone is more than welcome!  A shady wooded park with wide flat trails and a raised observation tower for viewing the salt marsh.  From U.S. 1 north of the St. Augustine airport, (at Kings Head British Pub) take Venetian Boulevard to Old Dixie Road and turn left on Lakeshore Drive.  The entrance is about 3/4 mile on the right.

     

  • Serenoa ChapterField Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Field Trip

    11:00 am

    Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Collier County

    NOTICE: the Swamp walk is full. But the landlubber's ramble has lots of room.

    NOTICE: MEETING time change is 11am at Park's main entrance

    The directions to the Fakahatchee are as follows:  Interstate 75 South past Naples to Exit 80 (Route 29 South) Drive 15 miles on 29 to Janes Scenic Drive in Copeland. It comes up on the right.  Turn right and follow the road around to the right. It becomes a dirt road. The Fakahatchee Offfce comes up on the right. 

    We are meeting at 11 a.m.

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

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  • Council ChapterClose self-nominations, Council Chair

    Council Chapter

    Close self-nominations, Council Chair

    12:00 pm

    Mar 15 Email to Chapter Representatives

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

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

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  • Coccoloba ChapterSite Visit to Evaluate and Promote Native Landscaping

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Site Visit to Evaluate and Promote Native Landscaping

    12:00 am

    Unity Church in Bonita Springs

    We were approached by a Board member of this church to help them develop a native/natural landscape.  So, at this meeting, we will meet the Board, review the site and help them plan and implement a native plant landscape that is both beautiful and low-maintenance.

  • Coccoloba ChapterPropagating Native Plants at Manatee Park

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Propagating Native Plants at Manatee Park

    9:00 am

    Manatee Park

    Everything you wanted to know about propagating, but were afraid to ask!!! Join Karen Maxwell and friends at Manatee Park on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 25, 26 and 27th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am each day. The program will teach propagating techniques of about a dozen different native plants. We will be doing some by seed, others by cuttings, and some by transplanting offshoots. Bring your garden gloves, sun hat and water! email Karen at ogunquitriver@gmail.com if you would like to participate--one, two or all three days. Plan on being at Manatee Park by 8:45 on the day or days you wish to participate.

    10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.) Fort Myers, FL 33905

  • SeaRocket ChapterGeneral Membership Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    General Membership Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

    General Membership Meeting - every 4th Wednesday of the Month. This month it is Plant ID Quiz and Plant Exchange. Put on your thinking caps, and sharpen your pencils. A series of Natives plants will be displayed for your best guess ID. This will be open book, but it is all for fun. Prizes will be awarded. For those who bring in a plant you can exchange for another.

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  • Coccoloba ChapterWetPlan Neighborhood Lakes and Ponds Workshop

    Coccoloba Chapter

    WetPlan Neighborhood Lakes and Ponds Workshop

    1:00 am

    Lakes Regional Library, Fort Myers, FL

    This is the last of our schedule workshops for this season.  So, register now at:

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

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

  • Coccoloba ChapterPropagating Native Plants at Manatee Park

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Propagating Native Plants at Manatee Park

    9:00 am

    Manatee Park

    Everything you wanted to know about propagating, but were afraid to ask!!! Join Karen Maxwell and friends at Manatee Park on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 25, 26 and 27th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am each day. The program will teach propagating techniques of about a dozen different native plants. We will be doing some by seed, others by cuttings, and some by transplanting offshoots. Bring your garden gloves, sun hat and water! email Karen at ogunquitriver@gmail.com if you would like to participate--one, two or all three days. Plan on being at Manatee Park by 8:45 on the day or days you wish to participate.

    10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.) Fort Myers, FL 33905

  • Suncoast ChapterCAMPING TRIP

    Suncoast Chapter

    CAMPING TRIP

    12:00 pm

    SUWANNEE RIVER STATE PARK

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ixia ChapterGeneral Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    General Meeting

    6:30 pm

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

    Program:

    BELONGING TO THE UNIVERSE

    In this short TEDxJacksonville video, Warren Anderson invites you to go back to your childhood, to think about those special places in the great outdoors that first introduced you to the awesome majesty of the natural world. When did that sense of communion fade? What has happened to those places? Have those natural cathedrals been paved over for parking lots, or are they just waiting for you to rediscover them?

    Warren implores us to restore our link to nature, to turn off our television sets and smart phones, and go explore the magnificent resources in our own backyards. “To love everything, everywhere,” says Anderson, “you’ve got to love something, somewhere . . . our somewhere can be HERE.”

    Warren Anderson  has been in leadership roles in the Sierra Club, Riverkeeper, The Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, and the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute where his emphasis is on protecting and enhancing the “special places” of Northeast Florida. 

    HAVE A MYSTERY PLANT?  We all have them – lurking in unlikely spots, clamoring over everything, and often lovely. Do we yank them out, wait and see or just call them wildflowers and ignore them?

    Now is your chance to find out! Bring that plant with some leaves and flowers if possible and let Jake Ingram and James Loper identify it for you and recommend how to care for it. 

    Jake is a retired landscape architect, long-time Florida Native Plant Society member who serves on the Ixia Board as field trip coordinator.

    James is the owner of Reflections of Nature Nursery in Fernandina, a long-time member and supporter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Ixia Chapter. 

    Ixia meeting and events are open to the general public . All are welcome to attend!

  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Board Meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Board Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Teleconference

    FNPS Board Teleconference Meeting

    See details Posted on the Forum

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  • Coccoloba ChapterPropagating Native Plants at Manatee Park

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Propagating Native Plants at Manatee Park

    9:00 am

    Manatee Park

    Everything you wanted to know about propagating, but were afraid to ask!!! Join Karen Maxwell and friends at Manatee Park on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 25, 26 and 27th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am each day. The program will teach propagating techniques of about a dozen different native plants. We will be doing some by seed, others by cuttings, and some by transplanting offshoots. Bring your garden gloves, sun hat and water! email Karen at ogunquitriver@gmail.com if you would like to participate--one, two or all three days. Plan on being at Manatee Park by 8:45 on the day or days you wish to participate.

    10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.) Fort Myers, FL 33905

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  • Coccoloba ChapterCoccoloba Chapter Workday

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Coccoloba Chapter Workday

    12:00 am

    Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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

  • LongleafPine ChapterEdward Ball Nature Trail Field Trip

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Edward Ball Nature Trail Field Trip

    7:30 am

    Main Campus of University of West Florida, Pensacola

    Meet 7:30 AM at parking lot in front of Target at University Town Center (1749 E. Nine Mile Rd) or go to Parking Lot G on UWF's main campus (north end near Bldg. 13).  Join us for our annual early spring walk along UWF's historic Edward Ball Nature Trail.  This outstanding trail features a half-mile boardwalk which winds through an extensive floodplain forest alongside Thompson's Bayou.  Many early spring natives will be blooming, including Orontium aquaticum and Gelsemium rankinii.  After doing the trail, we will hike across campus to Building 58 for a brief visit to the Michael I. Cousens Herbarium, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and currently contains 25,100 specimens.  Easy walking.  Finish by noon.  Leader:  James R. Burkhalter.

  • Magnolia ChapteriDig'dBio Transcription Blitz

    Magnolia Chapter

    iDig'dBio Transcription Blitz

    8:00 am

    Room 1058 King Life Science Bldg, 319 Stadium Drive

    Transcription Blitz for the FSU Herbarium! 

    FSU's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium is seeking participants for a transcription blitz on Saturday, March 28, from 8–noon.  The goal is to transcribe the labels of 2000 plant specimens using the online site Notes from Nature (www.notesfromnature.org), and those who participate for the full time will receive a reusable lunch bag with the event logo on it. To keep things interesting, there will be a different game each hour—habitat bingo, transcription time traveler, botanical explorer, and morphology bingo—with small prizes for winners and a native plant raffle at the end. There will be a simultaneous transcription blitz at the neighboring Valdosta State University Herbarium, and a live feed will connect the two events. Participants need not have any previous experience with plant specimens, but typing skills will be useful. The event will take place in a modern 30-person computer lab on campus (room 1058 in King Life Science at 319 Stadium Drive), and snacks and drinks will be provided during a mid-morning outdoor break.  If interested, please register at https://idigbio.doodle.com/hxwxsdi89tuwt7du. Registration is important so that we can send you last-minute logistical information (e.g., regarding parking, which should not be a problem that weekend).  The event is made possible by the generous contributors to the herbarium's crowdfunding campaign last December (http://spark.fsu.edu/Projects/121/Blazing-a-New-Trail-for-Sustainability-with-Citizen-Science).  The event is organized by Austin Mast (amast@bio.fsu.edu) and Libby Ellwood as part of iDigBio (www.idigbio.org) and the Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (http://sernec.appstate.edu/).  Thanks for considering this!

  • SeaRocket ChapterEnchanted Forest Garden Workday

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Enchanted Forest Garden Workday

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

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

  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Scherer Thaxton Preserve, 13125 Honore Ave, Nokomis

  • Dade Chapter20th Annual Native Plant Day

    Dade Chapter

    20th Annual Native Plant Day

    9:00 am

    AD Barnes Park

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

  • Naples ChapterField Trip - Pepper Ranch Preserve

    Naples Chapter

    Field Trip - Pepper Ranch Preserve

    9:30 am

    Pepper Ranch Preserve

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

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

  • NatureCoast ChapterFlorida Native Plant Sale

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Florida Native Plant Sale

    10:00 am

    Harvester United Methodist Church 2432 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes, 34639

    NATURE COAST CHAPTER

    FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SALE!

              VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

     

    Saturday, March 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM

    Set-up for volunteers begins at 8 AM

     

    Harvester United Methodist Church

    2432 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes, 34639

    The church is located just north of SR 54 on the
    east side of Collier Parkway.

     

    We will have a variety of quality nursery grown native plants for sale, as well as books.

    Also, Pasco Master Gardener Information Table with free literature.

    VOLUNTEERS needed for set-up and sale. No experience required!

    Please sign up at the February or March Nature Coast Chapter meeting or contact Peggy Gretchen at herculesmpg@hotmail.com or (813) 991-4812.

    THANKS AND HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

     

    Members, bring your plants to sell at the sale!

  • Magnolia ChapterEarth Day

    Magnolia Chapter

    Earth Day

    10:00 am

    Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna

    Starts at 10:00 Central time. To help with the FNPS table, contact Leigh Brooks at  lbrooks2wd@nettally.com. No experience needed. Complimentary lunch for volunteers.

  • Magnolia ChapterAmy Stewart, The Wicked Drunken Botanist

    Magnolia Chapter

    Amy Stewart, The Wicked Drunken Botanist

    11:30 am

    Goodwood Museum & Gardens

    For further details, see http://www.goodwoodmuseum.org/

     

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