2018 Conference Fieldtrips

Scheduled Field Trips

These trips will have the best of Southeast Florida, including sub-tropical plants, endangered species and rare ecosystems.  You will see “renewal” (the conference theme).  Many gardens and parts of some parks still show clear damage from Tropical Storm Irma last September, but the remains of mangled trees have new leaf buds.  You may see new growth from the arrival of early summer rains after the long dry season.

  • See rare plants in their native habitats
  • See examples of outstanding ecologically sound land management
  • Get to meet some of Florida's best field botanists and ecologists

All field trips require advance reservation. Check individual field trips for costs and difficulty. Trips, days, and times are subject to change; check trip details before departing.

If you are planning to attend the Board of Directors or Council of Chapters meeting on Thursday afternoon, please verify before your register that the end time of a trip allows you to return in time.

Always plan to bring

  • Water — water and more water
  • Comfortable long pants and sleeves, wicking and loose for hot weather are ideal for sun and insect protection
  • Sturdy (old) athletic shoes protect feet, drain water (high boots retain water, not recommended for swamp walking)
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, and insect repellent (just in case) and a lightweight poncho (if the rains have arrived)
  • If the trip will extend through the noon hour, bring lunch
  • A positive attitude about driving in a big city — just allow plenty of extra time to arrive at the trip, and trust that you will get there (you will)!

Suggested pairings for both a field trip & a Thusday workshop: 

* Trip C + Afternoon workshop (1-3 p.m., Identifying Fungi; 1-4 p.m. Phytotelmata; 2-4 p.m. Edible Plants)

* Trip M + Morning workshop (9-11 a.m. Fertilizer; 10 a.m.-noon Plant Vouchering)

* Trip N + 2 p.m. Workshop (Edible Plants)

        (Other pairings are not suggested because of time needed for travel, lunch and shower.)

Note on map below: Yellow pins are Thursday trips. Orange pins are Sunday trips.

Click on the title of any trip to get trip detail

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Featuring rare plants of South Florida & Caribbean

Patch of Heaven Gardens & a Residential Landscape

Two large, lush landscapes in far-south Miami-Dade County

Zoo Miami

Pine Rockland and Imperiled Butterfly Conservation

Virginia Key Coastal Habitats and Brickell Hammock

Coastal Highlights of City of Miami and Partners Parks

Two Pine Rocklands: Owaissa Bauer Addition and Navy Wells

Miami Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands and Endangered Species

Nixon Smiley Pineland Preserve

Miami Dade County Environmentally Endangered Land

Matheson Hammock Park and Rockdale Pineland Preserve

Miami Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands urban preserves

Long Pine Key Nature Trail

in Everglades National Park

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Port Bougainville and Carysfort Restoration

Bear Island by Van

in Big Cypress National Preserve

Gator Hook Trail (Morning Walk)

in Big Cypress National Preserve

Gator Hook Trail (Afternoon Walk)

in Big Cypress National Preserve

Miccosukee Airboats

View Wildlife and Walk Tribal Tree Islands

Discover Fern Forest

An Ecological Exploration of Multiple Plant Communities

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Swamp Walk

Guided tour to see native orchids with Park Biologist Mike Owen

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Old State Road-905 and Carysfort Restoration

Hole In the Donut

in Everglades National Park

The Deering Estate at Cutler

A Gem of South Miami-Dade County

25 Years After The Big One

Restoration of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park since Hurricane Andrew

Native Plant Landscapes in Miami-Dade

Jeff Wasielewski home landscape and a school pine rockland garden