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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!

February Chapter News

Monthly Program Double Feature: The Enclave Restoration Project
Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Moccasin Lake Nature Park,
2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

The Enclave at St. Petersburg Condos - Common Grounds Restoration Project
Gary Cox, FNPS member and Enclave Condo owner, will lead us through how he and a team of condo owners, are transforming 3-5 acres of wetlands and oak hammock, from invasive species to a natural and native preserve.  The condo board agreed to go 100% native and the team has installed over $1,000 of native plants to date. 

And: Explore the Florida Native Plant Society Web Site

Let's Explore! Join us as Ginger Pringle takes us through the resources available on the FNPS web site. Learn how our Society works to preserve Florida’s native flora and what you can do to help. A few surprises await you!  A printed list of other useful Florida native plant websites will be provided to attendees.

Meeting starts at 6:30 with announcements, meet & greet, refreshments and native plant silent auction. Presentation begins at 7:00.  Newbies to experts, members and non-members, all are welcome. 

February Fieldtrip: Tour the Common Grounds Restoration Project at The Enclave in St. Petersburg

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10am-Noon

9100 9th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL (map)

A tour of a restoration project at The Enclave community in St. Petersburg. Gary Cox will guide a walk around the grounds, and lead us through how he and his team of volunteers are transforming wetlands and oak hammock, from invasive species to a natural and native preserve.  Park in front of clubhouse. Wear closed-toed shoes.

March Fieldtrip: Kissimmee River Restoration Boat Tour and Glamping

Four hour interpretive boat tour on Saturday and option overnight "Glamping" Friday night.

Friday, Mar 20, 4:00 pm - Until
Saturday, Mar 21, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Riverwoods Field Lab
100 Riverwoods Circle
Lorida, FL 33857

(863) 462-0025

Get a first-hand view of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, the largest river restoration project in the world. 43 miles of river and floodplain. A cooperative project between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Participants learn about the watershed as they explore the biological habitats of the river, and learn about the river's hydrology, engineering structures and restoration methods. 

Friday, March 20th, 4:00 pm - until 
“Glamp” overnight in the student dormitory, hike the grounds along the river and share dinner and stories around the campfire on the patio with tables, grills and firepit. Bring your own bedding, food and drinks. $10 pp. 

Saturday, March 21st, 10 am – 2 pm
4 hour interpretive boat tour of the old river, the channelized C-38 canal and into the restored Kissimmee River. Get the “big picture” of the importance of the Kissimmee River Restoration to the Greater Everglades watershed with special focus on native plants used in restoration efforts. Bring a bag lunch. $25 pp. Maximum of 17 guests.  

RSVP by February 29th to and prepay to reserve your spot. A minimum of 14 persons required for boat trip, so no refunds if you have to cancel. Questions? Call Rebecca at 727-320-5135.

Calling All Butterfly Gardeners!  Be a part of our Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Project for an hour or two.
Saturday, February 15th, 9 - 11 am

Join Nicole Schmidt Jones of Hort & Soul Landscape Design for a volunteer workday to benefit our pollinators. Please bring hand tools, gloves and a reusable water bottle. Nicole will have cold water available. Thanks to all the dedicated folks who have been helping us maintain this teaching garden. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.


Native Plant Work Day at the Florida Botanical Garden
Every Wednesday from 9am-3pm.

12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774

Volunteers at the Native Area of the Florida Botanical Garden meet every Wednesday from 9 am - 3 pm. Some people show at 9 am, some later. There are no set required hours you need to be there nor are there weeks you need to be there. *All* help is appreciated and jobs in the garden change weekly depending on projects tackled, which wildflower is needing to be deadheaded or which tree or pathway requires clearing.

Come be a part of this beautification project and learn what native plants would be happy in your own garden! Please bring your own hand clippers, loppers, shovels, gloves, hat, sunscreen and water.

Sign up at

Download our 2020 Program & Fieldtrip Brochure and be sure to visit our web site calendar  for updates and additions.

Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society
2020 Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

President - Michael Coleman
Vice President - Stefan Babjack
Secretary - Susan Taylor
Treasurer - Rebecca Wellborn
Past President - Jan Allyn
Director - Belinda Lambert
Director - Nicole Jones
Director / Membership Chair - Bonnie Carine
Director / Communications Chair - Robin Peacock
Director / Programs Chair - Pam Schrader
Events & Volunteer Chair - Janet Kotash

Other Native Plant Community
Events of Interest

Florida Style Landscaping Workshop Series

Four Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Starts Feb. 6

Tired of working hard to maintain the perfect lawn and landscape?

Educators from the City of St. Petersburg, University of Florida/IFAS Extension Pinellas County, and private industry will teach you how to create and maintain an attractive Florida-Friendly Landscape that saves water, time, and sweat!

The first half of the Florida Style Landscaping Workshop Series comprises 4 classes held 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings at the City of St. Petersburg Water Resources Department, 1650 Third Avenue North. You may register for as many classes as you wish at no charge.

NOTE: Seating is limited for each class. We appreciate your courtesy by canceling your reservation for any class you cannot attend as soon as possible. This will open your seat for an interested person on the waiting list.

Botanical Science for Beginners

at Weedon Island Preserve

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 11am-12:30pm

Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Gardens

at Weedon Island Preserve
Friday, Feb. 14th, 10:30-11:30am

Suncoast FNPS Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 , 7 pm

Seminole Heights Public Library
4711 N Central Ave, Tampa 33603

Speaker John Miller: "Florida Geology and Its Influence on Native Plants". John Miller is a retired groundwater geologist. During his almost 40 years as a geologist he focused on groundwater supplies and contamination assessments, monitoring, and cleanup. He is fluent in Spanish, having served in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1962-64 under John F. Kennedy’s presidency, and has 8 years professional geological experience in Latin America. He now writes speculative fiction … Time-Travel emphasizing Florida history, as well as parallel universe novels and collections of short stories and poems. He has published six books. 

No refreshments are served at the library meetings.
Native plant donations are still welcome for our pre-meeting exchange.

Nature Coast FNPS Chapter Fieldtrip

Saturday, February 22nd, 10:00 am - noon
2750 Park Trail Lane
Clearwater, FL 33759-2602

Field Trip Guide: Lloyd Simmons, Naturalist/Environmental Education Specialist
We will have a short program and guided tour and then time on your own to explore the park. Bring your lunch for a picnic in the park.

Moccasin Lake is a 51-acre nature preserve with trails and boardwalks under a canopy of mature oaks and across ponds and creeks, with an array of wildlife including gopher turtles, raccoons, and many birds. It is home to several injured birds of prey. 

Advanced plant ID workshop at Brooker Creek Preserve

Friday, February 28th,  10 am - 2pm

This day-long workshop at the Friends Trail of Brooker Creek Preserve (dead end of Lora Lane) is for past participants of UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Advanced Plant Identification. 

Advanced Plant Identification Workshop at Brooker Creek Preserve

3-part series
Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28, 10am-2pm

Note: This is March, but it fills up

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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