Sanford Field Days

Cuplet Fern invites conference participants to a memorable weekend experience to facilitate FNPS’s storied native plant culture.

Through a diverse palette in ‘Everything Native Plants’ outreach and lifestyle, attendees can expect a casual spread of events from May 19 - 21, 2023. An interplay of social camaraderie, business partnerships, burgeoning faces of our leadership, and field trips will make this a well-received experience that will affirm your FNPS support and admiration. Pack something comfortable to wear and make this a multi-faceted native plant weekend.

    How it works: · 

    • All inclusive weekend ticket - just choose your preferred Saturday field trip. Tickets are non-splitable. Come immerse yourself with us. Your welcome and itinerary package will give you complete information 1 week prior to the event date.
    • Dates: May 19th - 21st

    • Price: Weekend Ticket $100

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              Virtual Conference Registration  (Don't forget to register for the Virtual Conference)   

             Friday Brewery Social Information

             Saturday Spring Hammock Field Trip Information

             Saturday Black Bear Wilderness Field Trip Information

             Saturday Ed Yarborough Field Trip Information

             Saturday Panel Discussion & Lunch Information

             Saturday Plant Sale Soiree Information

             Sunday Breakfast at Lukas Nursery Information

    Ticket buyers can expect a Cuplet Fern welcome package and itinerary available to them 1 week prior to this event that will provide full details for each day. Tickets are non-transferable and non-splittable. Limited edition simple goodie bags from Orlando Tourism North will be available during check-in at our hotel of choice, The Holiday Inn Express in Sanford, that has provided special group rates (Standard King or Double Queen for you and another) for this experience and is conveniently 10-20 minutes away for each day’s start. Contact them directly to book- special rates end May 4th. Their full breakfast (among other amenities) will supplement well with what Cuplet Fern has in store for you.

    What’s included:

    • May 19th 6:30pm-8:30pm: Friday night Welcome and Kick-off with light refreshments and libations at our community business affiliate, Dees Brewery. This social experience begins with short presentations by our leadership followed by a casual game night (think native plants meets bingo meets arcade games). Something for everyone.
    • May 20th 6:30am-8:30pm: Bussed morning Field Trips (choice of Black Bear, Geneva Wilderness, or Spring Hammock) starting with light breakfast, light lunch with a Panel-style Presentation afternoon, finishing off with a Plant Sale Soiree in the evening. With our trifecta of affiliates Seminole IFAS Extension, Seminole Natural Lands, and Seminole County Museum. This day demonstrates the “Adaptations” theme from the Conference and how our region has moved forward post-pandemic. The Soiree will have music, libations, refreshments and of course, native plants to purchase.
    • May 21st 9am-1pm: Light breakfast refreshments and short leadership presentations at our educational business affiliate, Lukas Nursery, with the unveiling of their new FL native plant department floor. All ticket holders enjoy a complimentary butterfly encounter on this day as well. 

    Additionally, the FNPS State board members will be congregating on Sunday May 21st for their monthly meeting, along with getting headshots and group pictures taken.  

    What’s not included:

    • Hotel or stay accommodations.
    • Any transportation except pertaining to field trips. Details will be provided.
    • Any dietary restrictions or requests for meals. Though broad needs for food options have been considered for everyone, special meal requests are on your own and have little to no impact on the final ticket price.
    • Full course meals. They are on your own if you prefer. However, a stream of refreshments will be available for each day.