The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in a nature walk to Manasota Scrub Preserve, West on January 27 at 9 am. The Preserve is 154 acres of protected land located at 2695 Bridge Street in an area of Englewood, Florida that is part of the Lemon Bay watershed. The preserve includes trails, a boardwalk, and a picnic area. The preserve's upland and wetland habitats are home to gopher tortoises, Northern quail, Swallowtail butterflies, and great horned owls. Wildflowers along the trails include grass leaf, golden aster, and liatris, also known as blazing star. 

DIRECTIONS:  Take SR-776(Englewood Rd) to Manasota Beach Rd, and turn west onto Manasota Beach Rd. Travel 0.1 mile to Bridge St, then turn left onto Bridge St.  Go past the main parking lot on the left and stop at the walk-thru on the right. You may park along the road. Walkers will meet at the walk-thru at 9 am. We plan to be on the trail for about 1.5 hours.For more information you may 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.