2018 Native Plant Walks

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in the following nature walks during the 2018 season:

January 27, 2018: Manasota Scrub, West side, Bridge St., Englewood

February 24, 2018: Yucca Pens WMA, Zemel Rd., Punta Gorda

March 31, 2018: Amberjack Environmental Park, End of Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Cape Haze

April 28, 2018: Myakka State Forest, North end, E. River Rd. (off S. River Rd.), North Port

May 26, 2018: Venice Lemon  Bay Preserve, 6200 Osprey Rd, Venice

Watch your local paper for more detailed information as the date approaches. You may also contact Trail Guide, Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at ahsquires1@comcast.net

We encourage Floridians and our winter visitors to learn more about the importance of Florida’s native plants and communities by becoming a member of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.

The Mangrove Chapter GardenKeepers are sending out a call for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about native plants and would like to garden with an interesting and fun group of people, join us at the Cedar Point Demonstration Garden on Monday mornings from 9-11.

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Speaker List, 2018 

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has the pleasure of welcoming the following speakers to their 2018 season of monthly meetings:

January 9, 2018: Nigel Blakly, Biologist, Milkweeds, Monarchs and Milkweed Bugs    

February 13, 2018: Kate Borduas, Naturalist/Environmental Activist, The Role of Cooperation in Evolution

March 13, 2018 - Elizabeth Wong, P.E., Stormwater Manager, North Port, North Port’s Fertilizer Ordinance and Plants for Pollutant Reduction

April 10, 2018: Greg Vine, Owner/President of SunAcre Corp., Chairman of the Urban Forest Committee in Venice, Venice Beautification Project

Mangrove Chapter meetings are held at Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. in Englewood, Florida with speakers beginning at 7:00 p.m. Evenings promise to be informative and inspiring with plenty of time for comments, questions and lots of good discussion with snacks included. We hope you can join us for some, if not all presentations. We encourage Floridians and our winter visitors to learn more about the importance of Florida’s native plants and communities by becoming a member of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

The Mangrove Chapter is one of 37 FNPS Chapters throughout Florida and meets the second Tuesday of each month from October through May. At each meeting a program on natural history, landscaping with native plants, or other similar topic is presented. Wildflower field trips are scheduled every last Saturday of the month (except in December) with walkers meeting at designated locations at 9:00 a.m. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and all are welcome. For more information about Mangrove Chapter activities and events, please visit mangrove.fnpschapters.org.  FNPS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native communities of Florida.  

The Mangrove Chapter GardenKeepers are sending out a call for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about native plants and would like to garden with an interesting and fun group of people, join us at the Cedar Point Demonstration Garden on Monday mornings from 9-11.