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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!

Be sure to visit our web site calendar  for updates and additions.
Help us improve our communication channels and plan programs for 2021 that meet your needs and interests, by taking a brief member interest survey.  Survey closes June 1st.

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Event Updates

Pinellas Chapter FNPS has suspended our regular chapter meeting and field trips for now, since our number one priority is the health and safety of our members and volunteers. We will continue to monitor and reassess the situation with hopes of resuming our programs soon. Please check our Facebook Group and website calendar for the most up-to-date information.
  • 6/06 Canceled - Native Plant Walk at Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park
  • 6/03 The presentation scheduled for our June 3rd Chapter Meeting will be delivered via video conference using Zoom software, at 6:30 pm. Follow the directions at the bottom of the next article to view the presentation.
  • 6/20 Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Plant Installation See details below.
Wed., June 3rd, 6:30 pm
Zoom Video Presentation

Non-native Invasive Plant Control Using Integrated Vegetation Management

Tracy Muzyczka, Environmental Specialist I
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
DRP/Terra Ceia Preserve State Park

Meet the team from Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, presenting on the 1,948 acre preserve just south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. They will discuss their efforts in the removal and control of non-native invasive plant species through integrated vegetation management.  Learn how you can apply the same techniques to control invasive species in your home landscape.

In addition to invasive species control, they will discuss:
•    Terra Ceia State Park Preserve
•    the Florida Conservation Corps (FLCC) AmeriCorps A.N.T. program
•    the term “integrated vegetation management” 
•    the challenges in “restoring” a landscape
•    how others can practice these management techniques

This preserve and its members demonstrate how important integrated vegetation management is through educating others, monitoring species, and encouraging people to take part in caring for our natural environment!

Located just south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Terra Ceia Preserve encompasses nearly 2,000 acres of wetlands, mudflats, mangrove forests, marshes, and tidal ponds. It offers a puzzle of waterways to be threaded through along the 3-mile Bishop Harbor Blueway, with picturesque names like Hell’s Half Acre.

Read more about the preserve at

Join Zoom Meeting

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Password: 485256

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Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Renovation Project

The PCFNPS board has approved a proposal by board member Nicole Schmidt Jones to renovate the butterfly garden at Moccasin Lake Nature Park. The garden is located adjacent to the Eduction Center and is visited by thousands of families and groups each year, providing an excellent opportunity to educate the public about the value of planting and protecting Florida Native Plants.

The renovation comes on the heels of a major overhaul of the park in 2018 by the City of Clearwater, in which non-native species were planted in the butterfly garden. In the past year, Nicole and her team of volunteers have maintained the garden, and are now ready to take it to the next level, by installing 23 species of Florida native plants with educational plant tags and new signage. The installation will require the work of 5 volunteers for 3 hours. The City of Clearwater will provide fresh mulch once the work is complete.

If you would like to participate in the planting on Saturday, June 20th, email

Welcome New Business Members!

Help us welcome the following new business members who have joined us this year!

Volunteer Opportunity - Communications

Our chapter currently has an opportunity for one or more volunteers to assist us with communication to our members. This includes adding new members to our email list, producing the monthly email newsletter in Mailchimp, and the posting of events and notices on Facebook.

Volunteers should have a computer, access to the internet, basic knowledge of email and Facebook, and the ability to compose clear concise descriptions of events and chapter news. Expertise in native plants is not a requirement! The ability to manipulate images is a plus, but not required. Training is provided and the job takes no more than 2 hours a month. 

If you are interesting in helping with the newsletter and/or Facebook contact us at
The 2020 FNPS Conference has been POSTPONED until 2021

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 / Membership Chair - Bonnie Carine
Director / Programs Chair - Pam Schrader
Director / Events & Volunteer Chair - Nicole Jones
Communications Chair - Vacant

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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