FNPS Chapters: the Heart of our Society
It is through our chapters that we provide most of our opportunities to participate in preserving Florida's native flora, opportunities to learn about our natural heritage and teach others, and the values inherent in interacting with others who have similar interests.
Members of our 37 FNPS chapters include beginners and experts alike, but are all united in their interest in learning about and preserving Florida's native plants. Each chapter is unique and offers a local flavor, but most of them:
- Hold monthly meetings with informative presentations and programs. Guests are always welcome.
- Run educational field trips to interesting areas.
- Participate in local events as part of their outreach.
- Work on projects to preserve native plants or habitats.
Click on the icons in the map below to find the chapter nearest you and get information on its schedule and meeting location.
Big Bend Area - Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist, and Lafayette counties
Meeting Schedule: 4th Monday of the month, 6:00-8:00pm, light refreshments to be served
Meeting Place: Steinhatchee Community Center, 1013 S. Riverside, Steinhatchee, FL
Meeting Schedule: Second Wednesdays 7pm (except July & August)
Meeting Place: Secret Wood Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84 Dania Beach, FL 33312
Lee County (Fort Myers)
Meeting Schedule: 3rd Thursday of each month except May and December. 7:00 pm guest speaker and chapter meeting
Meeting Place: Holton Eco-Preserve at Unitarian Universalist Church, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912 (off Daniels, halfway between Six-Mile Cypress and I-75)
Please see the chapter website for meeting times and locations.
Southern Brevard County
Meeting Schedule: Second Monday of the month. All Chapter meetings are held from 6:00 - 8:00pm. No meetings are held in June, July, or August.
Meeting Place: Melbourne Library. 540 E Fee Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901
The Melbourne Library is on Fee Avenue in downtown Melbourne near HealthFirst Hospital and Wells Park.
Council of Chapters
The council of chapter representatives meets periodically at various locations. Check the Events calendar for info.
Meeting Schedule: The second Monday (typically, but not always) in the month, 6:45 pm
Meeting Place: UF/IFAS Seminole County Extension Auditorium 250 W. County Home Road Sanford 32773
Upcoming program dates, field trips, and information on our special events are available on our website http://cupletfern.org
Indian River County
Meeting Schedule: Third Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Florida Medial Entomology Laboratory
One meeting a year is held at the Environmental Learning Center, 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL. In 2019 this meeting is October 17.
Meeting Schedule: First Monday of each month at 6:30 pm
Meeting Place: Hernando County Extension Office 16110 Aviation Loop Drive Brooksville, FL 34604
The Hernando Chapter's meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
At each meeting we discuss native plants and native plant ecosystems. Subjects range from hummingbird gardening to black bear habitats. Each meeting has delicious snacks, and friendly company, a native plant raffle, and an information table. Our meetings are open to the public so please join, and mark your calendar for the months to come!
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Duval, Nassau and Clay Counties
Meeting Schedule: Third Tuesday of the Month, 6:00 pm, except for July, August, and December. Note: Starting in September 2019 the meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month
Meeting Place: Willowbranch Library, 2875 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Please check our Chapter Calendar of Events prior to attending a meeting. Meeting dates are occasionally rescheduled.
Meeting Schedule: 2pm on the third Sunday of every other month
Meeting Place: Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis
The entrance to the Trout Lake Nature Center is on the South side of CR44, 0.3 miles east of SR19. To reach us, take SR 19 north out of Eustis to the intersection with CR 44 East and turn right at Winn-Dixie and CVS Pharmacy, then go 1/4 mile to the nature center entrance on the right.
Western Panhandle, including Escambia and Santa Rosa
Phone: (850) 542-7086
Meeting Schedule: Second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lucia Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Avenue in Pensacola (check event)
Click "directions" for reaching our meeting site.
We bring in speakers to our monthly meetings to educate and amuse. We take field trips to get introduced to new areas. All of these events will be posted on this website, so check in periodically. Join us to learn and to socialize with others interested in Florida Native Plants.
Leon, Liberty, Jefferson, and Madison Counties
Meeting Schedule: 1st Thursday of each month. Come to socialize at 7:00, chapter meeting at 7:30, and program at 7:45 PM
Meeting Place: King Building on the FSU Campus (319 STADIUM DR) Room 1024
Room 1024, King Building - see campus map at http://www.fsu.edu/Campus/newmap/ for meeintg location.
Come to socialize at 7:00, chapter meeting at 7:30, and program at 7:45 PM. The Magonlia Chapter does not meet in the summer months, June-August.
Charlotte County and Southern Sarasota County
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Tuesday of the month from October thru May (with field trips year round) at 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Boulevard, Englewood, FL
Meeting Schedule: First Tuesday monthly October through May at 6:30 pm
Meeting Place: Wolf High-Technology Center, Chastain Campus, Indian River State College 2400 SE Salerno RD Stuart FL 34997
Join us as we bring our appreciation of Florida's native plants and native plant communities to the attention of our neighbors.
Meeting Schedule: First Wednesday of the month, no meeting July or January
Meeting Place: Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, Florida 34112
Meeting Schedule: Second Tuesday - 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd/US 41, Land O'Lakes 34639
The Community Center is located between SR 52 and SR 54 on the west side of the highway ( 7miles south of SR 52 and 3.2 miles north of SR 54). We meet in the rear meeting room with a direct entrance on the south side of the center. We look forward to making new friends and hope many of you who have come to our recent fall and spring plant sales will join us!
Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County
Meeting Schedule: 3rd Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Mounts Building - Mounts Botanical Garden 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
South Lake County including Clermont, Ferndale, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Montverde and the far west portion of Orange County including Oakland, Ocoee, Winter Garden and Windermere.
Meeting Schedule: 1st Wednesday (business or program meeting) and 2nd Saturday (program meeting or field trip)
Meeting Place: Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr, Clermont, FL 34711
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Alachua, Bradford, Union, western Putnam and northern Levy Counties
Meeting Schedule: Third Tuesdays - September through May - 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Phillips Hall, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: (321) 388-4781
Meeting Schedule: Every 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m
Meeting Place: Kissimmee Utility Authority Building, Boardroom. The address is 1701 W. Carroll St. Kissimmee, FL 34741.
Meeting Schedule: First Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, FL 33759
Monthly field trips are usually (but not always) on the Saturday following the monthly membership meeting. Check the calendar for car pool locations, meeting times, maps, etc.
St. Johns and East Putnam Counties
Phone: 904 461-9629
Meeting Schedule: Third Tuesday at 7:00 pm, (doors open at 6:30pm)
Meeting Place: St. Johns River State College, Room CO116, 2990 College Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32804
DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, and Hardee Counties
Meeting Schedule: Third Monday of the month, September through May
Meeting Place: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave in Sarasota
Members convene for room setup and socializing at 7 pm. A short business meeting at 7:30 is followed by the evening's program and plant raffle.
Meeting Schedule: Varies
Meeting Place: Varies
This chapter is in the process of reorganizing. If you would like to participate, please contact our Executive Director.
Based in Suwannee County, also serving Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette and Taylor Counties
Meeting Schedule: Second Tuesday of each month, except July and August, at 6:30 pm
Meeting Place: Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL 32088
Meeting Schedule: Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner
From I-75, go east on I-4 approx 0.5 mi to Exit 10 ( CR. 579, Mango, Thonotosassa). Go south on CR 579 to the SE corner of Old Hillsborough Road. Turn east (left) on Old Hillsborough Road and then right into the parking lot. We meet in the large room immediately to the south of the parking lot (walk down the sidewalk into the court, left into the room).
Jackson, Bay, Walton, Holmes and Washington Counties
Meeting Schedule: 1st Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: UF/IFAS Bay County Extension Office 2728 East 14th Street, Panama City, FL 32401
Wer're no longer meeting at The Science and Discover Center.
Meeting Schedule: First Tuesday monthly at 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue Orlando, Florida 32803
Telephone (407) 246-2620 for directions to the monthly meeting venue.
Meeting Schedule: Fourth Friday of each month (except December) from 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Meeting Place: Big Cypress Recreation Center 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages, Florida. 32163