Calendar for -- January 2017

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  • Coccoloba ChapterKoreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    8:00 am

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

  • Coontie ChapterFIRST DAY HIKE - Mizell-Johnson State Park

    Coontie Chapter

    FIRST DAY HIKE - Mizell-Johnson State Park

    9:00 am

    6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004

    A Walk in the Park:
    Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, 9:00 am to noon
    Mizell-Johnson State Park (formerly John U. Lloyd)
    6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004
    Starting at Whiskey Creek Hideout (ask at gate, park fee required)
    Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water, and comfortable shoes
    This is an annual 2-mile hike sponsored by the State Park and open to the public. There will be plenty of opportunity to see native plants and ask questions during the walk. Hope to see you there.

  • Pawpaw ChapterJoint January field trip with Lake Beautyberry Chapter

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Joint January field trip with Lake Beautyberry Chapter

    9:30 am

    Seminole State Forest

    The Lake Beautyberry chapter invites Pawpaw chapter members to join them on a Monday, Jan. 2 Seminole State Forest field trip off SR 44 just west of DeLand.  Ranger Ralph Risch will guide us through several forest habitats including scrub (expect to see scrub jays), pine flatwoods and sandhills and he hopes to point out some rare plants along a spring and sulphur run. There will be a picnic lunch along Blackwater Creek.

    Meet at the north entrance to Seminole State Forest, in the Casia Trailhead parking lot on Brantley Branch Road off of SR 44 (this is a left turn off of 44 coming from the east coast).

    Bring water, snacks and insect repellent, and wear long sleeves/pants and shoes that may get wet. Don't forget to bring your own picnic lunch!

    Pawpaw chapter contact for trip reservations:

    Sonya Guidry      386-690-1797 (cell)

  • Cocoplum ChapterMonthly Meeting: Maggy Hurchalla on Maggy's Hammock

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Monthly Meeting: Maggy Hurchalla on Maggy's Hammock

    6:45 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, 2900 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

    Doors open at 6:30 for social time and plant exchange.

  • Citrus ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Citrus Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Crystal Oaks Civic Center

    In honor of the Arbor Day celebration in Florida in January, our monthly speaker will be Erin Givens the Urban Forestry Manager with Legacy Arborist Services. She specializes in urban forestry and ecology.

    Come early and enjoy a Barbara McCormick gardening program starting at 6:15 and running until 6:45. Refreshments will be served from 6:45 to 7 PM and our meeting will start promptly at 7 PM.

  • Tarflower Chapter'Only in Florida' presented by Paul Rebmann

    Tarflower Chapter

    'Only in Florida' presented by Paul Rebmann

    7:00 pm

    Leu Gardens

    Happy New Year! Tarflower Chapter kicks off their first presentation of the year by appealing to the shutterbugs in all of us. The program Only in Florida will feature mostly plants, and a few of the animals that are endemic to Florida as seen through the photography of Paul Rebmann with information about each, including where they are found and how are they different from their more wide-ranging relatives. Paul Rebmann has been a resident of Florida for over thirty years and has spent much of that time learning about, exploring and photographing nature. A Florida Master Naturalist, he is also a longtime member of both the Florida Native Plant Society and the Audubon Society, providing opportunities to learn from many of our experts about the various ecosystems, and the plants and animals that inhabit them. Copy this to my calendar

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  • SweetBay ChapterPresentation: Category 1 Exotic Invasive Plants of Bay County

    SweetBay Chapter

    Presentation: Category 1 Exotic Invasive Plants of Bay County

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Presented by Ron Houser.

    Learn how to identify these plants and why they are harmful to the environment.

  • Magnolia ChapterGary Knox - Magnolia Ashei

    Magnolia Chapter

    Gary Knox - Magnolia Ashei

    7:00 pm

    1024 King Bldg., 319 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL

    Gary Knox and Charles Riddle, will discuss some of their findings regarding "Factors affecting health and reproduction of the endangered Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei." The Magnolia Chapter has supported their research, which is on going. No matter how much we learn about plants we never know everything. Come on to our meeting and find our more about this very special and unique plant.

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  • Citrus ChapterVolunteer Work Day

    Citrus Chapter

    Volunteer Work Day

    9:00 am

    Lecanto Government Office

    The Volunteer Opportunity will take place at the native plant garden at the Lecanto Government office. Don’t forget to bring your gardening tools since we will be trimming and weeding the gardens. The location is 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. (location is behind the building that houses the Masters Gardeners). For more information you can contact Barbara McCormick,

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip with Chuck Hess

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip with Chuck Hess

    9:30 am

    Apalachicola National Forest, Post Office Bay

    Take a walk on the wild side with the Magnolia Chapter and Chuck Hess to Post Office Bay in the Apalachicola National Forest. Meet at the Park and Ride in Hosford at 9:30 a.m.

  • Coccoloba ChapterKoreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    8:00 am

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

  • Pawpaw ChapterPawpaw Chapter board meeting

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Pawpaw Chapter board meeting

    1:00 pm

    Sande Habali's House

    As discussed at our brief December business meeting, the chapter will have its first board meeting of the year this Sunday, Jan. 8. Sande Habali has graciously volunteered her home in Port Orange for the meeting, and is offering a yard tour at 1 p.m. before we get down to business. This meeting is open to anyone who would like to be more involved in the chapter's activities, and we hope to see some new faces. Please RSVP to get the address and so that we can arrange for adequate parking.

     Douglas Hunt

  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    12:00 am

    Sumterville Community Building

    Stacey Matrazzo, of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, will speak to our chapter. Her talk will be Wildflowers,Naturally! Landscape Recognition Program. 

    Please join us for refreshments and plant raffle.

  • Conradina ChapterThe Thin Green Line: Conserving Biodiversity on the Barrier Island

    Conradina Chapter

    The Thin Green Line: Conserving Biodiversity on the Barrier Island

    6:00 pm

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

    Raymond Mojica Jr. is our speaker. He has been the South Beach Region Land Management Superintendent for the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program since April of 1999. His area of responsibility is the nearly 400 acres of land that the EEL program manages within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge including an oversight role in the development and management of the Barrier Island Sanctuary Management & Education Center.

    Raymond's focus has included the development of 5.5 miles of passive recreational trails, the removal of invasive exotic plants, collaboration with local educational institutions and researchers, and utilizing advanced photographic methods to monitor wildlife and management efforts.

    Please join us at 5:30 P.M. for refreshments, 6:00 P.M. meeting.

  • Hernando ChapterChinsegut Through Time

    Hernando Chapter

    Chinsegut Through Time

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill Retreat

    Matt Koenig, Biologist, will bring us the news on one of our favorite preserves, Chinsegut Wildlife Management Area. His presentation will touch on the history of the property, the purpose for acquisition, and factors that led to current habitat conditions on the ground.  It will then go on to discuss current management goals, the vision for the property, and is being done today to improve habitat for wildlife.


  • Pawpaw ChapterJan Chapter meeting - Living Shorelines Project

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Jan Chapter meeting - Living Shorelines Project

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center South Daytona

    Dr. J. Cho of Bethune-Cookman College will be our guest speaker at Monday's regular meeting. She'll discussing her "Living Shorelines Project," which focuses on using native plants to reduce the pollution that leads to algae blooms in the Indian River.

    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.

  • Citrus ChapterVolunteer Work Day

    Citrus Chapter

    Volunteer Work Day

    9:00 am

    Church House Hammock

    This Volunteer Work Day will take place at the Church House Hammock native gardens located in Crystal River on Highway 19 across from the Crystal River Mall. We plan to do some serious trimming so bring your lopers, clippers and weeding tools. If we are able to spread some mulch we will also need a few wheel barrows and rakes. For more information, email  Ben Berauer,

  • Mangrove ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Mangrove Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood

    "Experiences with Planting a Native Yard,"  by Dave Clayton, Charlie and Jayne Woodruff.

  • Naples ChapterPresentation

    Naples Chapter


    7:00 pm

    Naples Botanical Garden - Kapnick Center

    Presenter: Monica Folk (Wildlife Ecologist at Milliken Forestry Company, Inc.).  Bird boxes for native birds made by local bird box creator Brian Beckner of Estero will be available. Feel free to bring snacks to share at 6:30pm.

  • Pinellas ChapterAuthor Susan Cerulean on "Living on the Edge"

    Pinellas Chapter

    Author Susan Cerulean on "Living on the Edge"

    7:00 pm

    St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater

    The author of numerous books on Florida's natural environment, Susan will speak about the many ways climate change has affected our lives and our surroundings, and what our roles might be as we move forward in our rapidly changing world. As someone who has intimate knowledge of the Gulf Coast and its associated island habitats, she will share what she has observed, and her own awakening process to the fragility of life as we know it. Refreshments provided.

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  • Coontie ChapterNative Nurseries with Alyssa Lavoro

    Coontie Chapter

    Native Nurseries with Alyssa Lavoro

    7:00 pm

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

    Alyssa Lavoro will speak to “Cultivating native plants for landscaping, challenges for native growers and retailers, and the work FANN (the Florida Association of Native Nurseries)". She manages Alexander Landscaping and Plant Farm, a long time local landscaping and nursery business emphasizing native plants on Flamingo Road. Bryan Tozzie (Alyssa's father), built the business and still works both there and at the nearby Flamingo Gardens where his horticulture experience is also valuable. Alyssa has been passionate in her interest in local native species and attends many nature activies throughout the county as part of the local effort to encourage planting native species.

    Alyssa is also on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries. She and FANN have been hard at work to develop a new native nurseries foundation and other efforts help native landscaping be helpful to the gardener and more widely used in urban and suburban gardens.

  • Ixia ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St., Jacksonville FL

    Join us at our first monthly meeting of 2017.  We’ll talk about our accomplishments of 2016 and our goals for 2017.  You’ll get to meet our new Board of Directors and learn about the different types of volunteer opportunities that you can join in throughout the coming year. 


    This year will be our third annual Native Plant Sale at Native Park.  Details will be shared about ways you can have fun and make an important difference by supporting the plant sale. Whatever your skills and interests, we’ve got something for you:  pot up some plants from your yard, or volunteer to be an expert or a helper on the day of the sale. 


    We’ll also enjoy refreshments and give a toast to 2017 and to all who made 2016 a such great year!  


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  • Citrus ChapterVolunteer at the Manatee Festival

    Citrus Chapter

    Volunteer at the Manatee Festival

    12:00 am

    Three Sisters Springs

    Our chapter will also participate at the Three Sisters Springs during the Manatee Festival taking place the weekend of January 14 and 15. Stay tuned for more information. We will need volunteers to help out in our booth.

  • Ixia ChapterTLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    Native Park, 3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    Saturday, January 14th, will be the first 2017 TLC day at Native Park and the celebration of the 6th anniversary of Ixia's adoption of Native Park. Helping at Native Park is a great way to learn about native plants that grow well in our area, get to know other members, and support the pollinators that depend on these plants to survive.

    Native Park was established in 1923 by the Avondale Garden Circle for plant life study. The park was adopted by our Ixia Chapter in January, 2010 under the City's Friends of the Park program.  This 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.

    2017 schedule:

    January 14

    February 11

    March 11

    April 8

    May  13

    June 10

    July 8

    August 12

    September 9

    October 14

    November 11

    December - no TLC day







  • Cocoplum ChapterField Trip - Maggy Hurchalla in Maggy's Hammock

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Field Trip - Maggy Hurchalla in Maggy's Hammock

    9:00 am

    Maggy's Hammock, Rocky Point

  • Naples ChapterField Trip

    Naples Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Picayune Strand State Forest

    Location: Meet at the Forestry Office in the Picayune, 2121 52nd Ave SE, Naples at 9am. Join us in visiting the Picayune Strand to learn about an ongoing hydrologic and habitat restoration project. This trip will include a tour of one of the pump stations installed as part of the hydrologic restoration. **Space is Limited. Cost: Cost $2 by Forestry for all participants. $45 for nonmembers. RSVP: Call Jean Roche at 330-730-1516 or email

  • Coccoloba ChapterKoreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    8:00 am

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

  • Conradina ChapterWorkday at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

    Conradina Chapter

    Workday at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

    9:00 am

    1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, FL

    Please come join us to maintain this beautiful property in need of our help. As part of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) program and the East Florida section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Turkey Creek Sanctuary is 130 acres of wonder, biodiversity, and natural resources. We need you!

    Time: 9 a.m.—12 p.m. We will be removing downed trees and branches which is fuel to unplanned fires. What to Bring: Work gloves, sunscreen, and drinking water! Tools and lunch will be provided.

    How to Get Ready: Print and fill out the volunteer application at showdocument?id=1984 along with a copy of your driver’s license or other photo ID. The application and ID must be submitted prior to the workday. Please RSVP to Tracey Wright, TCS Park Ranger, at (321) 676-6690.

  • Coontie ChapterLast Day for Speaker Sign Up for Jan 19 Broward Delegation Meeting

    Coontie Chapter

    Last Day for Speaker Sign Up for Jan 19 Broward Delegation Meeting

    4:00 pm


    Members of the public who wish to speak should submit a completed online Speaker Form by Monday, January 16.

  • Heartland ChapterHeartland Chapter Board of Directors Meeting

    Heartland Chapter

    Heartland Chapter Board of Directors Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Broadway Diner in Bartow

    BOD meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  (Arrive by 6:30 if you wish to dine before the meeting.)  Meeting location is the Broadway Diner at 1380 Broadway Ave. North, Bartow.

    Please join us!  BOD meeting are open to all Heartland Chapter FNPS members.  We encourage you to participate, this way you can find out directly about upcoming events and contribute to our mission to save Florida native plants and their natural communities.

  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa January General Meeting: Changes in Natural Areas in Florida due to Sea Level Rise

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa January General Meeting: Changes in Natural Areas in Florida due to Sea Level Rise

    7:00 pm

    To be determined

    Expanding salt marshes and mangrove swamps accompanied by shrinking coastal forests are just a few observed changes in sea level rise in Florida experienced by Dr. Tonya Clayton, co- author of a new book on the subject.

  • Citrus ChapterRare Plant Rescue

    Citrus Chapter

    Rare Plant Rescue

    9:30 am

    Junction of Hwy 98 & 589

    Please bring a trowel, shovel, gloves, 3 gallon pots and wear closed toed shoes and hat and bring water. There will be a carpool from the meeting location to the rescue site in forest trucks since it is off road. MUST BE THERE BY 9:30 to participate.

    MAPS: 1  2  3

    Contact is Cheryl Peterson,, 863-734-1220. 

  • SweetBay ChapterBay County Legislative Delegation Meeting

    SweetBay Chapter

    Bay County Legislative Delegation Meeting

    5:30 pm

    Bay County Board of County Commissioners Chamber in Panama City

    This Legislative Delegation meeting provides local constituents with a rare opportunity to speak directly with the state lawmakers who represent them in Tallahassee.

    Please consider speaking, providing a written statement or attending to show your support on issues that important for conservation.  Talking points prepared by FNPS include:

    Restore Florida Forever funding, managing Florida’s conservation lands responsibly, Amendment 1 spending, protection of our water resources, Florida’s vulnerability to sea level rise.

    If you plan to speak on behalf of the Sweetbay Chapter, please contact the Sweetbay President at 

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterJanuary Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    January Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    7:00 pm

    Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32605

    Topic: Cultivating seed biology knowledgeto enhance growth of plant conservation
    Speaker: Héctor E. Pérez, PhD

    Join us for an interesting program on the role of seed biology in plant conservation using some of our native wildflowers as examples. Our speaker, Héctor E. Pérez, teaches and conducts research in the
    Environmental Horticulture Dept. and holds affiliate faculty status in the Tropical Conservation and
    Development Program and School of Natural Resources and Environment at UF.


    PineLily Chapter


    9:00 am

    1 Courthouse Square, 4th floor Kissimmee, FL

    Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Time: 9:00-12:00 noon

    Location: Osceola County Board of County Commissioners Chamber
    Osceola County Administration Building
    1 Courthouse Square, 4th floor
    Kissimmee, FL

    Dear Pine Lily Chapter/Osceola County Members, this message comes to you from our Policy and Legislation Committee OSCEOLA COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MEETING ON JANUARY 18 – SPEAKER APPEARANCE FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE MEETING

    WHAT The Osceola County Legislative Delegation will conduct a public meeting from 9:00-12:00 on Wednesday, January 18, at the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners Chambers in Kissimmee. Members of the public will be permitted to speak after completing and submitting a Speaker Appearance Form at the beginning of the meeting. This Legislative Delegation meeting provides local constituents with a rare opportunity to speak directly with the state lawmakers who represent them in Tallahassee.

    WHY As a member of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Action Alert network, you have assisted FNPS in the past when we’ve asked you to contact your local Representative or Senator and let them know where you stand on issues of importance to native plants. We ask you now to consider attending this meeting to express your support for FNPS priorities.
    Osceola County’s delegation is comprised of Representatives Neil Combee, John Cortes and Mike La Rosa, and Senator Victor Torres. It is noteworthy that Representative Combee is a member of both the Natural Resources and Public Land Sub-Committee and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Sub-Committee. These positions may confer considerable influence over issues of importance to FNPS. Please consider attending and speaking at this meeting if you are able to do so, and emphasize the points below.


    1. Restore Florida Forever funding. Let them know that when you voted in support of Amendment 1, you intended for a large portion of the funds to be used to conserve land. Annual funding for Florida Forever should at least equal the $300 million that was allocated before funding was cut in response to the recession. This amount is not cost-prohibitive given that annual Amendment 1 funding exceeds $700 million.

    2. Manage Florida’s conservation lands responsibly. The land we have already conserved represents a valuable investment and proper management is necessary to protect our investment. Management shouldn’t be short-changed by inadequate staffing or funding. Funding should be sufficient to implement the management plans that have been adopted for each property.

    3. Do not spend Amendment 1 funds on items previously provided from other funding sources, such as staff salaries. Amendment 1 was intended to supplement funding for conservation, not replace pre-existing funds that came from other sources.

    4. Adopt a comprehensive approach to protection of our water resources. Such an approach must account for the water needs of our springs, rivers, estuaries, and other water-dependent natural systems.

    5. Florida’s extreme vulnerability to sea level rise must be recognized as an immediate and long-term threat to our economy, groundwater resources and environment. It demands a comprehensive statewide response to conserve our beaches, coastal wetlands and seagrasses, and the fisheries that depend on them.
    Each speaker may be allotted a maximum of 3 minutes to speak given potential time constraints, so it is important to prepare your remarks in advance. Always state your name and address. It is not necessary to claim affiliation with any particular group. If multiple FNPS members will be present it may be appropriate for one member to speak on behalf of their Chapter, provided their remarks have been vetted by the Chapter, while the others speak simply as concerned constituents. If you wish, you can prepare a longer, written version of your comments and include photos or other information to support your message; however, be sure to bring sufficient copies of your document (3) to provide one for each legislator. This approach ensures that the lawmakers and their staff can refer back to your comments after the meeting.
    Your Chapter may also wish to submit a letter to the Delegation members in the week following the meeting that reiterates your comments and concerns. A good example of such a letter was submitted by the Palm Beach County Chapter and is available for review on the FNPS website’s Policy page.

    It is not necessary that you submit a Speaker Appearance Form in advance of the meeting because they will be available for submission at the meeting. Since your opportunity to speak may be based on a “first come first served” basis, you should try to arrive by the start of the meeting to submit a Speaker Appearance Form. For additional information contact Barbara Blasingame at (863)968-5666 or .

    MEETING WHEN & WHERE Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Time: 9:00-12:00 noon Location: Osceola County Board of
    County Commissioners Chamber
    Osceola County Administration Building
    1 Courthouse Square, 4th floor
    Kissimmee, FL

  • Citrus ChapterNative Plant Walk

    Citrus Chapter

    Native Plant Walk

    9:00 am

    Withlacoochee State Forest

    Join the Citrus Native Plant Society in a self-guided interpretive walk of Lizzie Hart Sink in the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.  Meet Wednesday, January 18th at 9 am at Stage Coast Cemetery on the south side of W Stage Coach Trail (CR480) east of Trail 13 (Tillis Hill entrance) and just west of Trail 11B.  We will visit this enchanting forest gem which includes sinks, limestone karst topology, and lots of shade.  This walk will be on forest trails including the Florida Trail and some forest roads, and can be moderately difficult going up and down somewhat uneven trails over limestone outcroppings and roots.  But it is also one of the most beautiful and unique areas in the Citrus Tract and includes some interesting ecotones.  The plan is to walk for about two hours and cover about 2.5 miles of trail, but may be changed based on participant inputs.  Goal is to be done before Noon.  RSVP with Ben by email (, or text or call 727-217-5971.

  • Suncoast ChapterJanuary Meeting: The Monarch Milkweed Initiative

    Suncoast Chapter

    January Meeting: The Monarch Milkweed Initiative

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office, Seffner, FL

    A quest to save monarch butterflies by increasing native milkweed populations led by FNPS member and St. Mark's Refuge Ranger, Scott Davis 
    St. Marks Refuge Ranger, and FNPS member, Scott Davis has developed a long term plan to support the monarch butterfly in the Big Bend of Florida by sourcing local ecotypes of milkweed species to provide an ongoing viable seed source for the refuge, as well as distributing as many seedlings as possible to the conservation lands. More milkweeds = more monarchs!
    The Monarch-milkweed imitative at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a program that sprang up in response to the federal initiative to “Save the Monarch!”
    Monarchs are incredible creatures for many reasons. They make the longest migration of any species (3,000+ miles!) from as far as southern Canada to southern Mexico. They are important pollinator species and their decline is indicative of a problem spanning their entire range. Some estimates range from 90-99% decline since 1990. In order to bring back healthy numbers of monarchs, we need to increase numbers of their host plants, the milkweeds. Female monarchs only lay eggs on milkweeds as it is the only source of food for caterpillars.
    As of the time of this writing, in November 2016, the Monarch migration was in full swing, and 2 monarchs with white stickers were spotted! This is significant because it shows that they were tagged by other citizen scientists at another location. One of the white tagged monarchs was October 5th in Rosetta McClain Gardens--Toronto, CANADA!!! This translates into flying 977 miles in just 32 days! Monarchs are incredible.
    Scott will discuss the progress of the initiative in conserving and mapping native milkweed populations in 2016, the data from the 2016 fall migration, and the goals for the initiative in 2017.Updates to the project may be found on their Facebook page:
    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.
    Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be light refreshments,and a native plant auction following the presentation.

  • SweetBay ChapterWhy Roadsides Matter - Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Annual Meeting

    SweetBay Chapter

    Why Roadsides Matter - Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Annual Meeting

    9:00 am

    Gulf Coast State College

    Dr. Doug Tallamy will be the guest speaker at the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance meeting here in Panama City on Jan. 19. Doug is the author of “Bringing Nature Home; How you can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants”. This is a free event, open to all who enjoy native wildflowers.  There is a link to the flyer for this event at the bottom of the page.

     Link to Register

  • Magnolia ChapterPanhandle Wildflower Alliance Annual Meeting

    Magnolia Chapter

    Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Annual Meeting

    9:00 am

    Panama City Gulf Coast State College Advanced Technology Center

    Working Together for Roadside Wildflowers - Keynote Speaker: Doug Tallamy - Why Roadsides Matter - Current wildflower resolutions - FDOT reports and updates - State and National organized services - Local Wildflower partners and support - Pollinator research findings Registration is requested: https://FLAWILDFLOWERS.WUFOO.COM/FORMS/R1C127A312QBA3R

  • Coontie ChapterBroward Legislative Delegation

    Coontie Chapter

    Broward Legislative Delegation

    1:00 pm

    Broward County Governmental Center in Ft. Lauderdale

    The Broward County Legislative Delegation will conduct a public meeting from 1:00-4:00 on Thursday, January 19, at the Broward County Governmental Center in Ft. Lauderdale.  Members of the public who wish to speak should submit a completed online Speaker Form by Monday, January 16, although forms can also be completed and submitted at the meeting. This Legislative Delegation meeting provides local constituents with a rare opportunity to speak directly with the state lawmakers who represent them in Tallahassee.

  • FNPS ChapterBoard of Directors meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    Board of Directors meeting

    7:00 pm

    GoToMeeting online

    For meeting agenda and more information:,3.0.html 

  • Coccoloba ChapterThe Dirty Dozen with Tony Pernas--Chapter Mtg

    Coccoloba Chapter

    The Dirty Dozen with Tony Pernas--Chapter Mtg

    7:00 pm

    Holton Eco-Preserve at Unitarian Universalist Church, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers FL 33912

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  • Pawpaw ChapterJanuary chapter field trip

    Pawpaw Chapter

    January chapter field trip

    12:00 am

    Florida Agriculture Museum

    On Saturday, Jan 21, Pawpaw chapter members will head to Palm Coast for an opportunity to take the Florida Agriculture Museum's guided tour. After taking a tour through five 1930s depression-era restored farm buildings, we will take a tractor-drawn wagon ride through the woods to a 1890s pioneer homestead. We may also consider taking a stroll over the land bridge that crosses I-95.

    Tour fee: $ 9

    Wear clothing to suit the weather and comfortable walking shoes. Bring water, snacks and insect repellent. On our way home we will stop at a Palm Coast restaurant for lunch.

    Sign up at the January meeting or contact:
    Sonya Guidry       386-690-1797 (cell)


  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa January Field Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa January Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, Manatee County

    Observe habitat conversion (uplands to mangroves) in this newly restored state park. Co-led by Tonya Clayton and Park Specialist Tracy Telatyck.

  • Heartland ChapterArbor Day Tree Planting

    Heartland Chapter

    Arbor Day Tree Planting

    9:00 am

    Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Lake Rd.

    Come to Circle B, help plant cypress trees, and enjoy fresh air!  The event is planned from 9am til Noon, and a hot dog lunch will be provided.  If you wish to volunteer please send your name and phone and/or email address to Marian Ryan of the Sierra Club or Edward Murawski of FNPS as indicated below.

    Marian Ryan, Conservation Chair          or          Edward Murawski

    Sierra Club Florida                                            President, Heartland Chapter of FNPS


    Phone 863-207-5206                                          Cell phone 863-393-4647

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterJanuary Field Trip, 9am

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    January Field Trip, 9am

    9:00 am

    Newnans Lake Forest

    Location: Newnans Lake Forest Hike
    Leader: Forester Charlie Pederson

    A reconnaissance with Forester Charlie Pederson, previously Paynes Prairie FNPS Chapter president, to the county’s newest state forest will be exciting! Since 2015, Charlie has initiated forestry plantings of longleaf pine, a creek marshland trail featuring interesting plant species and birds, and ecosystem enhancement on the eastern lakeside. The Forest shares a border with Morningside Nature Center which protects wildlife habitat connectivity. For more information, check out Newnans Lake Forest. Click here for Rex Rowan’s natural history description.

    As parking at the trail head is limited, at 8:30 am, we will meet to carpool from the Forestry Office on the south side of County Road CR 232 (39th Avenue) across from the LamplighterTrailer Park.

    Alternatively, others can meet at the parking area on the west side of Highway 26 where we will initiate our native plant hike.

    We will then relocate vehicles to the east side of the highway and hike in to see magnificent bald cypress along the lake shore. Total hiking distance is estimated to be 3 miles. Please bring water, snacks, binoculars, field guides, insect repellant, wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for inclement weather. for more info.

  • Dade ChapterField Trip

    Dade Chapter

    Field Trip

    12:00 am


  • Coccoloba ChapterKoreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    8:00 am

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

  • Suncoast ChapterNative Plant Garden Maintenance

    Suncoast Chapter

    Native Plant Garden Maintenance

    8:30 am

    2001 E Cherry St. Plant City FL 33563

    The Suncoast Native Plant Society has adopted two areas in the Plant City Commons Teaching Garden. THe goal of SNPS to to make this garden a showcase for Native Plants in Hillsborough County.  

    The Native Plant Garden and adjacent area need some weeding and invasive plant removal.  We also need to finish the pathway adjacent to the natural wetlands.  

    Members and non-members are welcome. We will be there as early as 8:30 am, but late arrivals are welcome. Plan to spend at least 2-4 hours in the garden. We will have tools, wheelbarrow, 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. 

  • Coontie ChapterWalk Chekika, Everglades NP (host Dade Chapter)

    Coontie Chapter

    Walk Chekika, Everglades NP (host Dade Chapter)

    9:15 am

    This area was a private resort, then a state recreational area with a scenic swimming hole (fed by an artesian well gushing sulphur-laden water), and other amenities. In 1985, the artesian well was capped due to concern that the brackish water might contaminate surface wells downstream. The park was transferred to ENP in 1991 and closed seasonally due to high water. In recent years the facilities have been closed due to lack of resources, and nature has been reclaiming the area. However, Chekika is still open to walk-in visitors. Shawn Bawden, Volunteers-In-Parks Program Manager at ENP, will accompany us and explain what’s happening at the site. We’ll be looking at plants but it’s also a great place for birds and butterflies.

    Meet: 9:15 a.m. at the entrance, SW 237 Ave. at SW 160 St., Miami. The gate will be open for ½ hour for us to drive in. This is NOT the entrance south of Florida City. No entrance fee.

    Directions: Take Krome Avenue (SW 177 Ave.) to SW 168 Street; turn west, go 6 miles to the end; turn right on SW 237 Avenue; the entrance is on the left at 160 Street.

    Difficulty: Easy/moderate - walking in open areas, on boardwalks, roads, unpaved paths; possible optional walking into open prairie that might be a bit muddy or wet.

Bring: Sun protection, bug spray (just in case), drinks. Long pants and shoes that can get muddy are advised.

Lost/late: Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705)

  • Council ChapterCouncil Meeting

    Council Chapter

    Council Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Online: GoToMeeting

    A regular (online) meeting of the Council of Chapters. Council Representatives will receive an invitation to the meeting (with a link that connects to GoToMeeting online). Invitations are sent to the email address posted in the Chapter Membership area that lists Chapter Presidents and Representatives. If a Chapter needs to change the Representative or email address, send the change to FNPS Admin: Direct other questions to

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    • Citrus ChapterField Trip to See Amendment One Money in Action

      Citrus Chapter

      Field Trip to See Amendment One Money in Action

      9:00 am

      Silver Springs

      Field trip will be with Eric Hoyer, Forester/Arborist with Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc. Eric will lead us on a field trip to Silver Springs. We will be looking at timber thinning of planted loblolly pine as the first step in converting to a natural loblolly stand, we will be seeing the results of invasive species control, and we will look at some natural communities found within the park. MUST RSVP with Ben  to participate. Email (, or text or call 727-217-5971. Meeting location will be the Dollar Tree parking lot in Dunnellon on Highway 41/ Williams Street (11352 N. Williams Street). We will carpool to the field trip location.

    • Dade ChapterMonthly Meeting

      Dade Chapter

      Monthly Meeting

      7:15 pm

      Pinecrest Gardens

      Lecture:  "Rare Plants & Everglades Restoration", George Gann, The Institute for Regional Conservaiton


    • Coontie ChapterDade Chapter Meeting with George Gann Speaking

      Coontie Chapter

      Dade Chapter Meeting with George Gann Speaking

      7:30 pm

      11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road), Miami

      Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

      Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road), Miami

      Refreshments begin at 7:15 pm., merchandise sales before and after the program. The plant raffle follows the program.

      “Rare Plants and Everglades Restoration”
      George Gann, Chief Conservation Strategist
      The Institute for Regional Conservation

      The Everglades Restoration is one of the largest and most complex ecological restoration projects in the world. Yet, rare native plants are not routinely monitored or considered during restoration planning. Join George Gann as we explore the historical native flora of the main Everglades drainageway, and review some of the rare species that might be affected by Everglades Restoration implementation. We want to 'send the water south', but also ensure that rare native plants benefit from this massive and critically important undertaking. A native of southern Miami-Dade County, George is a founder of The Institute for Regional Conservation and currently acts as its Chief Conservation Strategist. He was first author of IRC's landmark book Rare Plants of South Florida and is responsible for IRC's many online resources, including Natives For Your Neighborhood and the Floristic Inventory of South Florida. George has spent the last 40 years working on the conservation of rare plants, the restoration of ecosystems and a host of other conservation and sustainability issues. He has played a leadership role in a number of organizations including IRC, FNPS, Tropical Audubon Society, and the Society for Ecological Restoration.

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    • TheVillages ChapterNatives in the Landscape

      TheVillages Chapter

      Natives in the Landscape

      1:00 pm

      Big Cypress Recreational Center

      Renee Stambaugh
      Native Plant Consulting
      (904) 692-3927
      Renee StambaughA lifelong resident of northeast Florida, Renee Stambaugh has extensive knowledge in the field of native plants, birds and butterflies.
      Completing the University of Florida Master Gardener Program in 1999, she was honored in 2009 with the prestigious Northeast Region Recognition Award by the University of Florida Master Naturalist Program.
      Founding member and past president of the Sea Oats chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Stambaugh recently co-authored the informative brochure Invasive Plants You Should Know.
      Stambaugh enjoys teaching about the beauty and benefits of northeast Florida’s diverse flora and is a dynamic public speaker, worthy of consideration for 

      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

    • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

      Mangrove Chapter

      Field Trip

      9:00 am

      Jelks Preserve

      3200 N River Rd, Venice, FL 34292.  Sarasota Co Naturalist, Nancy Edmonson, will be joining us for this excursion.

    • Magnolia ChapterMaclay Native Plant Arboretum Workday

      Magnolia Chapter

      Maclay Native Plant Arboretum Workday

      9:00 am

      Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee

      Come join us for a group workday to get the Maclay Native Plant Arboretum ready for the spring flowers! Bring your water, hat, gloves, and hand tools.

    • Tarflower ChapterVolunteer Gardening Day!

      Tarflower Chapter

      Volunteer Gardening Day!

      9:00 am

      Mead Gardens

      Volunteer Gardening Day! Come participate in some real feel-good gardening work with other gardeners while you get hands-on experience with native plants!  

      Note: Volunteer opportunities pop-up and change throughout the year. Always check our schedule of events on our chapter site for up-to-date information. Please email us if you have additional questions. 

      1/28/17 Where: Mead Gardens Timeframe: 9am- 1pm. Additional information: Meet in parking lot near the restroom at the end of the main entrance driveway off Denning Drive (1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL  32789). Bring water, a snack, a hat, pants and shoes that could get muddy, gloves, a hand trowel, pruning shears or extra loppers might be useful. The Tarflower Chapter has worked with other volunteer groups in 4 small areas where invasive exotics have been removed and native species have been planted. Depending on how many volunteers we have, we will be working in 1 or more of those 4 areas (two wetland and two upland). Only people who are 16 and older this time, please; it will be a somewhat delicate operation in most area to avoid the natives and extract the non-natives. Please remember to log your volunteer hours if you are a Tarflower member! You can easily email them to our VP of Programs who is tracking them by clicking here.

    • PaynesPrairie ChapterThe Great Invader Raider Rally

      PaynesPrairie Chapter

      The Great Invader Raider Rally

      9:00 am

      Gainesville City Parks

      The Great Invader Raider Rally, Saturday, January 28, 2017
      9:00-11:00 a.m.: Invasive plant removal at our city parks
      11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.: Volunteer celebration at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Avenue,

      The Great Invader Raider Rally is an annual, one-day, volunteer powered work party to remove trash and invasive plant species growing within our city parks. Registration is required to participate in this event, register here:

    • Ixia Chapterixia Field Trip

      Ixia Chapter

      ixia Field Trip

      9:00 am

      427 Aquarius Concourse, Orange Park, Jacksonville FL

      Members and the public are invited to visit Crosby Sanctuary in Orange Park. The site is owned and managed by the Duval Audubon Society. Here is how Duval Audubon describes the Sanctuary:


      "Nestled in suburban Orange Park in Northeast Florida are 510 acres of swamp and hammocks called Crosby Sanctuary. Owned by Duval Audubon Society, this limited access nature preserve is home to a full biodiversity of native plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. This special place, now included in conservation lands mapping by Clay County and the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, provides respite amidst a busy, congested backdrop of human dominated landscapes." 


      January 28 is an Audubon's monthly workday, so people from Audubon will be there to direct us or we can just be on our own.  This will be an opportunity to see the facility as well as interact with the people from Audubon and learn about what they are doing at Crosby.  


      We will meet at 9 a.m. at the Sanctuary.  

      Directions: go South on Blanding Blvd from 295, turn right on Arora Blvd just past the Vystar CU and follow it to Aquarius Concourse and then turn left. 


      Here is a website where you can get more information about the sanctuary:



    • Suncoast ChapterPlant Walk

      Suncoast Chapter

      Plant Walk

      9:30 am

      Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa

      Come discover the beauty of native plants on a guided walk with a representative of the Suncoast Native Plant Society. Our walk start in the native plant garden outside the visitor's center and go on to the boardwalk to see what grows naturally in the hardwood swamp. 

      Walks are free, but there is a $2.00 per vehicle entrance fee to the park (up to 8 people). 

    • Coccoloba ChapterKoreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

      Coccoloba Chapter

      Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

      8:00 am

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

    • Magnolia ChapterWorkday to Remove Invasive/Exotic Plants

      Magnolia Chapter

      Workday to Remove Invasive/Exotic Plants

      9:00 am

      Angus Gholson Nature Park, Chattahoochee

      We will meet at the shelter at Angus Gholson Nature Park, on Park Street in Chattahoochee, starting at 9:00am through 12:00pm Snacks provided! Wear outdoor or gardening clothes (long pants), appropriate shoes for terrain, hat, bugspray, etc. Bring a friend! Call Diana for additional information: 229-416-9629

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