2019 Conference Workshops

Workshops require advance registration and some have fees

Please check the individual workshop descriptions below for additional information

A is for Acorn

The ABC's of Foraging with children and families

Workshop Leader Christina Hunt

Thursday 9:00 am until 10:30.  

A hands on edible plants workshop for beginners, families, and children's group leaders. We will focus on several easily identifiable edible plants found in the wild and your own backyard, as well as what to do with your plants once they are foraged. We will also have a chance to taste several plants, both in their raw form and in recipes.

Note from Christina:  I will have several plants and recipes available for tasting. While no recipes contain peanuts, and I list all ingredients used, my home is not peanut or allergen free. I am not responsible for any allergic reactions to prepared items or the raw ingredients.

Cost: $12


Christina is an outdoor educator and nature enthusiast. She has had a fascination with edible plants since she was a child and has been apprenticing under author and naturalist Peggy Lantz for a little over a year. Christina works with children and families daily and has a passion for bringing more people outdoors, especially to forage.

Step-by-Step Native Landscaping

Workshop Leader Marjorie Shropshire

Thursday 8:30-11:00am

This course answers the question:  “I want to make my home landscape more sustainable. How do I get started with natives?”  Attendees will learn how to assess their properties and various strategies for transforming them into places that support birds, pollinators and people.

3 hour workshop (includes a 15 min. break)
60-minute presentation:
  •  Why natives
  •  Assessing a property
  •  Stormwater & shorelines
  •  Woody plants
  •  Herbaceous plants
  •  Wild areas
  •  Landscape poisons
  •  Human-use areas
15-minute Q&A | 15-minute break
90-minute hands-on workshop where attendees sketch a landscape plan
Cost: $14
Marjorie Shropshire was born in Miami, Florida and grew up roaming the Florida Keys, the Everglades and the east and west coasts of Southern Florida. As a result, she developed an early and lasting interest in Florida’s plants, animals and ecosystems.
Marjorie is interested in how what we do in our yards can impact natural systems around Florida, and she is a long-time member of the Florida Native Plant Society. She has edited and produced the Society’s magazine, Palmetto since 2005. 
Marjorie and Ginny Stibolt are co-authors on the book A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard, published by the University Press of Florida (UPF) in 2018. The book focuses how anyone can convert a typical Florida yard into a place that sequesters stormwater, provides resting and feeding areas for migratory birds, supports pollinators, and needs no fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides. 
Marjorie leads workshops based on the book, as well as workshops in the art of nature and field journaling. She also participates in citizen science initiatives and assisted with a pilot project to reintroduce the four-petal pawpaw, a federally endangered plant, to the Savannas Preserve State Park in Martin County, Florida. As a result of this project, she has become interested in all of Florida’s pawpaw species, traveling around the state to observe and document them. 
Marjorie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and is in the final year of her master’s program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She has completed the Coastal Shoreline Restoration and Coastal and Upland Systems Modules of the Florida Master Naturalist Program and is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. 

Landscaping for Native Pollinators

Transform your yard into an oasis for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. This workshop will teach you the vital components of a pollinator-friendly landscape. We’ll offer a closer look at Florida’s native pollinators, including hands-on pollinator ID activities. This workshop will cover landscape design and care tips for making your pollinator habitat appealing to both pollinators and your neighbors, and highlight key native plants for attracting pollinators.

Workshop Leaders Jessica Sullivan and Rachel Mallinger