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Mission

Promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida

Cuplet Fern

WELCOME to CUPLET FERN CHAPTER!
Serving all of Seminole County

Cuplet Fern Chapter is one of 37 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) chapters throughout the state.
Our wounderful chapter was established January 2010!

Each local chapter has a Board of Directors and a chapter representative who participates in the state-wide Council of Chapters (COC) which is represented at the state level Board of Directors.  All chapters have a similar format of meeting/programs and field trips which are free and open to the general public.  However, each chapter may have different project involvement which support the mission of preserving, conserving, and restoring native plants and their plant communities.

Please join us at our monthly meetings and field trips.

Our monthly meeting and program is held at the Seminole IFAS Auditorium! 6:45pm (250 County Road Home, Sanford, FL 32773)

We are a casual group. Pull up a chair, enjoy the program, and take home a few native plants with a donation to the childrens Eco Camp!

 


 

Now Accepting Internships!

Available Positions 

Director At-Large (In-person)

Social Media Representative (Online)

Communications (Online)

Web Designer (Online)

Chapter Representative (Proxy- online)

Additional information will be sent to you upon completion of your form

Complete your application here

 


 

Discover native plants for Seminole County!

Hundreds of our fans that visit our webpage each month want to discover native plants that grow in our area. Please click on the image! A helpful suggestion for a complete list is to select "any" for light, soil, and water needs.

Love what we do? Trying to encourage someone? Want to gift a membership that doubles as chapter support? Email us here: cupletfern@gmail.com


 

Be a part of our legacy for the new Florida native plant idea garden area within the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) at Seminole IFAS!

4th Saturday of each month in summer and fall.

Current dates are: 7/27, 8/24, 9/28, 10/26. Bring your own supplies (gloves, gardening tools, etc.) and 1 garbage bag.


 

August 12th 2019: 'READ AND LEARN' Article(s) 

Win a Special Prize!

At the program meeting, an open-ended question will be asked before the program to the audience pertaining to the publication(s) below. The person answering will receive a special prize. In the event of multiple audience members answering the initial question, specific tie-breaker questions will follow until there is an ultimate winner. 

 Article of the Month- There is no official Read and learn this month due to our 'garden party' social 

 Bonus publication: For more studious readers in our group, feel free to read the short, (but highly interesting) commentary on a scientific paper here: Rapid plant diversification in the Andes does not require flowers. The briefness of the commentary belies the depth of its fascinating context. Be sure to participate in the Read and Learn next month! It enhances your native plant knowledge! 

 


 

August 12th: MINI PLANT SALE AT THE PROGRAM! 

Barbara Whittier will be supplying a few, unique plants at our program!

 


 

AUGUST 12th MAIN PROGRAM: GARDEN PARTY- NATIVE PLANT EXPERIENCES 

With CUPLET FERN MEMBERS!

Social event! Feel free to bring appetizers and drinks to share!

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Seminole IFAS Auditorium   250 W County Road Home, Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to and behind building (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours.  Main program hours are eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program!

Main-program discussion: 

This is a unique program where at least 4 Cuplet Fern members (Neta Villalobos-Bell, Barbara Whittier, Chris Calder, and Mark Kateli) will discuss progress, perspective, and their hands-on experiences using native plants. Rory Trumbore has sent in a video clip of his yard!

A potluck-style social is being planned. Please bring an appetizer and drink to share.

Questions are encouraged. This will be an open-style discussion so we all can learn as we pursue expertise in landscaping with native plants.

Further Info on Venue:   sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/seminole/

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2048289338552591/

 


 

AUG 17th FIELD TRIP: ALEXANDER SPRINGS 

With CUPLET FERN and LAKE BEAUTYBERRY CHAPTERS

This field trip is filled and at capacity! Members that have RSVP'd already will receive an email 48 hours prior to the event with details.

 


 

AUG 25th SPECIAL EVENT: NATIVE PLANT PROPAGATION

With Twinflower Nursery!

This small workshop is filled! Ticket buyers will receive an email 48 hours prior to the event with day-of details.

 


 

SEPTEMBER 9th MAIN PROGRAM: FLORIDA BLACK BEAR: dispelling common fears and how to peacefully coexist with our iconic animals

With Imagine Our Florida

Original photo courtesy of Imagine Our Florida

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Seminole IFAS Auditorium   250 W County Road Home, Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to and behind building (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours.  Main program hours are eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program!

Main-program discussion: 

Please join Dan and Nancy Kon from Imagine Our Florida- a non-profit organization focused on science-based education to teach people of all ages how to connect, respect, and coexist with Florida wildlife and within our shared ecosystems.  At this meeting, they will be discussing the Florida Black Bear, dispelling common fears, and showing folks how to peacefully coexist with these iconic animals.

They will also be bringing their ambassador, Slow Mama, a waif gopher tortoise! Dan and Nancy are renowned photographers in our region that dedicate their free time to spotlighting many of our beautiful plants and animals with interesting (and usually unheard of) facts and trivia that really get our community involved. Imagine Our Florida participates in many outreach events throughout our area and state, is business partners with PSI at Seminole County Schools and Orlando Science Center, and has a vibrant social media presence. 

A hands-on display that attendees can interact with is also being planned.

Further Info on Venue:   sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/seminole/

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2547009421997439/

 


 

SEPT 14th FIELD TRIP: RARE PLANT COUNT IN SULPHUR RUN SWAMP

With RALPH RISCH

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST!

Original photo courtesy of Ralph Risch

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Ralph Risch

Location:  Seminole State Forest Sulphur Run Swamp      36415 Cassia Church Rd, Cassia, FL, 32736     This is the closest address. The rendezvous is 200 yards from there. Please note that the entrance sign will only read 'Seminole State Forest'

Parking:  North Parking Lot- Cassia Trailhead      (off of Brantley Branch Road in Cassia, 400 feet from the road’s junction with SR44)

Entrance Fee: None if you are on the RSVP list.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please join Florida Forestry Service's Ralph Risch as we trek through Sulphur Run in search of a rare plant. Details of this rare plant will be given upon an RSVP. 

The target plant is quite easy to spot once you’ve seen one. As this is a seepage slope area, it will be wet, lots of mud. People should wear rubber boots, or shoes that they don’t mind getting soaked and muddy, and that won’t get sucked off by the muck.

Ralph will provide any tally sheets needed, though he has not yet decided if we are just doing a count only or if we’ll be collecting other data. There are a number of good places to break for lunch which we will do so after this exciting and interesting field trip.

There is another undisclosed plant that has not yet been vouchered for Lake County- finding it along Sulphur Run would be a real treat! Folks doing the count will be familiarized with the look of both plants so if they spot one, we can document it.

Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity! Wear boots that can get wet or won't get sucked off by the muck!

Further Info:   https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34209-d12028678-Reviews-Cassia_Trailhead-Eustis_Lake_County_Florida.html

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/567806503721866/

 


 

SEPT 21st SPECIAL EVENT: PHOTOGRAPHER'S PARADISE: PRIVATE TOUR OF TOSOHATCHEE WILDFLOWER TRAIL

With Tosohatchee Wildlife Management

TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED- CLICK HERE 

Original photo of Tosohatchee courtesy of Lauren Mitchel

Arrival Time: 7:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli 

Location:  Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area  3365 Taylor Creek Road Christmas, FL 32709

Parking:  Main Entrance Parking lot   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: A special opportunity where you won't have to walk around all morning taking pictures. Ticket purchase benefits Cuplet Fern chapter. Your pictures benefit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC). Full details available by clicking on Eventbrite and Special Page with important information on our chapter website.

Further Info:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photographers-paradise-taking-pictures-for-florida-fish-and-wildlife-fall-edition-tickets-65114823189

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2381097375494102/

 


 

UCF honors the Whittier family by renaming trail 'Whittier's Walk' in memory of Dr. Hank Whittier's early work in developing the UCF Arboretum!

 


 

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 20, 2019 -  Guided Tour of Wilson's Landing. With Tina McIntyre! 8:45am at Wilson's Landing

August 12, 2019 -  Garden Party! Member experiences with Florida native plants. With Cuplet Fern! 6:45pm at Seminole IFAS Auditorium

August 17, 2019 -  Tour of Alexander Springs. With Lake Beautyberry chapter! 8:00am in Altoona, FL

September 9, 2019 -  Florida black bear behavior and awareness. With Imagine Our Florida. 6:45pm at Seminole IFAS Auditorium

September 14, 2019 -  Rare Plant Count (special citizen science field trip). With Seminole State Forest. 8:45am in Paisley, FL

September 21, 2019 -  Photographer's Paradise: Tosohatchee- Fall Edition (special event- ticket purchase required). With Tosohatchee Wildlife Management. 7:45am in Christmas, FL

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Your Cuplet Fern Team

President Mark Kateli 2019 Silver Palmetto Award Recipient  
Vice President- Events Barbara Whittier 2019 Green Palmetto Award Recipient  
Vice President- Programs Nihal Hafez   Send questions and information to:
Treasurer Susan Angermeier   PO Box 150021
Secretary (Interim) Stacy Klema   Altamonte Springs 32715
Chapter Representative (interim) Mark Kateli   cupletfern@gmail.com
Director at Large Vacant   or leave a phone message at
Director at Large Marion Crim   (352) 658-3677
       
Education Neta Villalobos-Bell 2018 Cox Conservation Hero Award Recipient  
Publicity      Jan Mangos    
Newsletter Kathleen Poole    
Field Trips           Heather Mahoney    
Membership                          Christine Brown 2019 Green Palmetto Award Recipient  
Website Mark Kateli    
Website (advisory) Ken Bell    
Facebook Specialist Stacy Klema    
Facebook Specialist Joey Myers    
Instagram Specialist Kristin Sloan Brown    
Business Ambassador           Jim Hooper    
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier    
IDEAS For Us and Fleet Farming Liason           Lee Perry    
IFAS Florida Friendly Landscape Liason                    Chris Calder    

 


Published on  19.08.2019