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FNPS Mission: To preserve, conserve, and restore native plants and native plant communities.
Learn more by visiting the FNPS website • Check our calendar for upcoming events sponsored by the Pinellas, Nature Coast, and Suncoast Chapters • Not a member yet? Join today!

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Please see details for these events in the newsletter below and check our Facebook Group and website calendar for the most up-to-date information.
  • Wednesday, 9/1, 6:30 pm  - Coastal Plants and the Impact of Climate Change & Sea Level Rise - Zoom Presentation
  • Saturday, 9/4, 8:00 am - Field Trip To Folly Farm Nature Preserve
  • Tuesday 9/7 and Saturday 9/18, 8 - 10 am - Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Volunteer Opportunity
  • Monday, 9/13,  6:30 pm - Conservation Committee Meeting - 6:30 to 7:30 on Zoom
Wed., September 1, 6:30 pm
Zoom Video Meeting and Presentation

Coastal Plants and the Impact of Climate Change
 and Sea Level Rise

Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, University of Florida Master Naturalist Program

Climate change threatens coastal plants, which are already stressed by human activity, pollution, invasive species, and storms. Sea level rise could erode and inundate coastal ecosystems and eliminate wetlands. Warmer and more acidic oceans are likely to disrupt coastal and marine ecosystems.

Brian Lane is a Senior Ecologist with UF FMNP and Co-Founder of Sensing Nature LLC, which provides environmental education programs, ecotours and field trips for conferences, family groups, environmental professionals, teachers, youth groups and non-profit organizations.

Meeting starts at 6:30 with announcements, followed by Program.  Submit questions via chat function in Zoom or email ahead of time.

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Field Trip To Folly Farm Nature Preserve
Saturday, September 4th
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Folly Farm Nature Preserve
1562 Dr. MLK St N.
Safety Harbor, Fl. 34695

8:00 am

The Folly Farmers and the FNPS Pinellas Chapter are joining together for a tour of the beautiful native and butterfly gardens at this 10-acre preserve. The tour starts at 8:00 am followed by refreshments in the gazebo. There are many other features to enjoy at Folly Farm, so hang around and explore.

If you want to join in for goodies and social time, bring your own drink and a chair to gather around the gazebo lawn.

Attendance is limited – sign up at the link below:
Butterfly Garden Volunteer Opportunity
Tuesday, September 7th and Saturday, September 18th
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join a team of volunteers in the Butterfly Garden at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. This is a great opportunity to learn more about which plants attract and host our local butterflies, what conditions they prefer and how to prune them.

Volunteers will:

  • Identify and prune existing native plants according to seasonal growth and bloom cycles.
  • Identify and relocate native plant seedlings.
  • Identify and remove weeds and non-native seedlings.
  • Distribute mulch when needed.

Please bring hand tools, work gloves and drinking water. The chapter will provide trash bags.

To join, please contact us at  Please also provide us with your cell phone number to be notified of last minute changes.

2022 Board Nominations Are Open
If you are interested in serving on the Pinellas Chapter Board of Directors, the Nomination Committee is accepting nominations for up to eleven directors.  The Board meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month via Zoom, currently at 6:30 pm for about 1 - 1.5 hrs. In addition to serving as a Director at Large, there are opportunities to serve as an Officer or Chairperson of a committee. For more information visit or email

T-Shirt Artwork Design Competition
Attention artists and creatives!! The Pinellas Chapter is seeking a new design(s) for our branded t-shirts. In 2020 we printed t-shirts for volunteers with a design created by Cindy Liberton and Marjorie Shropeshire for the 2012 state conference and adapted for our use. Volunteers who donated at least 5 hours to the chapter received a shirt. With this next batch of shirts we are considering also making them available for sale to members as well.

We are asking that you submit designs or design ideas for the 2021 shirts by September 30th, 2021. The design should reflect our mission and include the name of the organization.  The Communications Committee will select the top three designs, and submit them to the membership for a vote in the September newsletter. The winning designer will receive a gift certificate worth $50 to a local native plant nursery. We have a graphic designer who will render the winning design for production.

So get your creative juices flowing and get to work on your design!  Submit your design to no later than September 30th.

East Coast Native Landscape Tour

The Conradina chapter of the FNPS invites all Cuplet Fern Chapter members and supporters to their Beachside Garden Tour on Saturday, October 16th from 9am to 3pm. 

This year there will be 7 beachside gardens from Satellite Beach to Melbourne Beach including the Barrier Island Sanctuary.  

A plant giveaway is Included with each ticket and can be picked up at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach on Saturday, October 16, from 9am to 3pm.

Eventbrite link:

Help Restore Our Natural World

Cuplet Fern Florida Native Plant Society invites you to a free, self-paced online course produced by the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) with the United Nations Development Programme. There are 5 modules to this worldwide course. Use the QR code in the image below or Click here to register

Join the discussion on our Facebook event to celebrate simple, global understanding of restoration beginning Sept 3rd here:

2nd Annual Hope Spot Festival in Dunedin

Mark your calendars! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021,  10 AM EDT – 6 PM EDT

Blue-Green Connections, one of our partners in the Save The GDP Fundraising campaign, is celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the launch of the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot with an outdoor festival. The Pinellas Chapter will have an exhibit there, along with food, drinks, live music and activities!  Fun for the whole family awaits with a variety of eco-friendly arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities and learning experiences. Get up close and personal with a pod of mermaids, touch live native animals, or find your zen space with guided yoga! This event will be sustainable in nature, featuring eco-friendly product vendors, locally sourced food and beverages, and fun learning experiences about our Hope Spot while exemplifying practices that will keep our waters healthy for future generations. More details coming soon!

Learn more about the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot

For the most up-to-date information, check out the Facebook event page.

Help us staff the Pinellas Chapter Exhibit by volunteering for a 2 hour shift. Email

Conservation Corner

This feature of our monthly newsletter will highlight local conservation issues and opportunities for our members to influence decision making by our local, state and federal governments. If you have issues you would like the Conservation committee to explore, email them to

Gladys Douglas Hackworth Preserve

Great news! Pinellas FNPS Pinellas is  a few steps closer to beginning the floristic survey on the property. Thanks to all the amazing advocates and members for protecting this treasure in Pinellas County.

Represent The Chapter on The Conservation Coalition

The Pinellas Conservation Coalition is a new group who's overarching mission it to develop an updated Conservation Plan for Pinellas County, a funding mechanism, and supporting regulations to ensure a lasting environmental legacy. Led by members of Suncoast Sierra Club, Clearwater Audubon and others, the group has been meeting over the summer to develop the vision and action plan. Our representative on the Coalition has had to step down and we need someone to attend quarterly meetings and participate on our behalf in decisionmaking and projects. If interested email

Conservation Committee Has Open Seats

The Conservation Committee of our chapter currently has several open seats. Our Board considers it critical to hear the voice of our members to discuss strategy and formulate policies regarding local conservations issues. The Conservation Committee meets monthly, usually on the 2nd Monday of the month. If you haven’t contacted us already and are interested, please email for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Pinellas Chapter has several volunteer opportunities that will allow you to channel your passion for native plants and conservation into helping the chapter fulfill its mission. Many volunteer positions require just a few hours a month, and most duties can be performed at your home. If you are interested in applying or would like more information, email

Florida Botanical Garden, Native Garden Maintenance
  • Biweekly maintenance of the Native Plant Garden at the FBG in Largo.
  • Identify and prune existing native plants according to seasonal growth and bloom cycles. Identify and relocate native plant seedlings.
  • Identify and remove weeds and non-native seedlings.
  • Assist with updating signage as needed.
  • Keep records of volunteer hours and report them to FNPS.
  • (2 to 4 hours per month)
Volunteer Committee Member
  • Recruiting volunteers for special projects and the speakers bureau utilizing social media, emails, and special events.
  • Collecting volunteer contact information, availability and skills, and maintaining a volunteer database.
  • Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about the organization’s volunteer opportunities, matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skill sets, and ensuring they understand their responsibilities and receive the proper training.
  • Keeping records of volunteers' hours and reporting them to FNPS.
  • Motivate and reward volunteers through a volunteer appreciation program. 
  • (2 to 4 hours per month)
Volunteer Coordinator - Director-at-Large 
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising members of the Volunteer Committee.
  • Serve on the Board of Directors and attend the monthly virtual board meeting. (About 2 evening hours month.)
  • (4 to 6 hours per month)
  • See job description.
Newsletter Editor
  • Compile newsletter content about chapter events, plant profiles, local issues, or other topics of interest to members for twice monthly newsletter.
  • Source newsletter content from Feature Writer, committee chairpersons, virtual board meetings, other chapters and other environmental/conservation organizations.
  • Edit articles and format newsletter to be sent electronically using Mailchimp software or other desktop publishing software of Editor's choice.
  • Write occasional direct emails to members on special events or topics.
  • (2 to 4 hours per month)

Thank You To Our Business Members

Bartlett Law Offices
City of Dunedin Parks Department
City of St. Pete Beach
Hort & Soul Landscape Design
Rebecca Wellborn, Realtor, Coastal Properties Group
Sunshine City Law 
Vision Ace Hardware - Oldsmar
Wilcox Nursery & Landscape
Wild Floridian LLC

Wise Hands Professional Gardening Services

Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society
2021 Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

President - Michael Coleman
Vice President - Stefan Babjack
Secretary - Sari Wood
Treasurer - Robin Peacock
Past President  / Conservation Chair - Jan Allyn
Director / Chapter Representative - David Perkey
Director - Jane Graham
Director / Membership Chair - Ginger Brengle
Director / Programs Chair - Pam Schrader
Director - Nicole Jones
Director / Feature Writer - Debora Moran
Communications Chair - Rebecca Wellborn
Webmaster - Patty Perkey

View a profile of the Pinellas Chapter FNPS created for the 2021 FNPS Annual Conference.

Florida Native Plant Society Mission

The Mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

The Society fulfills this mission through:
  • Support for conservation land acquisition
  • Land management that enhances habitat suitability for native plants
  • Education
  • Public policies that protect our native flora, especially rare species
  • Research on native plant species
  • Encouragement of local landscaping practices and policies that preserve Florida's native plant heritage
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