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


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!



A NEW Florida native plants idea garden area within the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) at Seminole IFAS has been installed!

Come join us on our gardening days! 4th (typically) Saturday of each month.

Current dates are: 7/27, 9/28, 10/26. Bring your own supplies (gloves, trash bags, gardening tools, etc.)



Oklawaha Valley Audubon's Festival of Flight and Flowers!

October 11th through the 13th

https://festivalofflightandflowers.org  or click on the image for further details




Nov 4th 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- One of the deadliest trees in the world is also a Florida native. Read about the deadly manchineel tree here.

 Bonus publication: None this month. Be sure to continue to participate in the Read and Learn! It enhances your native plant knowledge! 



NOVEMBER 4th MAIN PROGRAM: Reducing Impacts of Stormwater Runoff with Florida native plants


(Note date of meeting)

Photo courtesy of Waterwise and St Johns Water Management District

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 Dr. Jennifer Mitchell from St Johns Water Management District and learn about how stormwater moves and how you can reduce your impact on water quality. Native wetland plants have an important role to play in providing nutrient reduction.

Jennifer Mitchell is Public Communications Coordinator with the St. Johns River Water Management District. She is passionate about Florida’s incredible water resources and hopes to spark your interest in what you can do to help protect Florida’s waterways. After earning her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Auburn University, she completed a post-doc at the University of Florida in Soil and Water Science. Because she realizes that greater results will come from more community participation, she now works to spread the message of how individuals can reduce their impact on our waterways.

Established in 1972, the St Johns River Water Management District is an environmental regulatory agency of the state. In this presentation, learn what the district does to accomplish its four missions of providing water quality, water supply, flood protection, and maintaining natural systems.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/345912756321513/






Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Florida Hikes

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Dr. Jennifer Mitchell


Location:  Econolatchee Sandhills Conservation Area: 15227 Lake Pickett Rd, Orlando, FL 32820  There are no restrooms on property

Parking and where to meet: Gravel/dirt parking lot at the main entrance. Ample parking space   

Entrance Fee: None.   Members report volunteer hours. 


Please join Graham Williams, land manager, from St Johns Water Management District at the Econolatchee Sandhills Conservation Area where he will discuss native plant ecology and the Econolatchee river's hydrology.

Graham Williams works for the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJWMD). He is passionate about Florida’s incredible water resources and hopes to spark your interest in what you can do to help protect Florida’s waterways. Dr. Jennifer Mitchell from SJWMD may also be joining us!

The Econ sandhill area protects almost 1.5 miles of the Econlockhatchee River and its associated floodplain and uplands.

This property is special because it protects some of the only remaining natural sandhill community in eastern Orange County. Visitors say it also has some of the prettiest floodplain swamp found along the Econlockhatchee River. Though a small property, it offers almost 3 miles of nice trail where visitors will be able to traverse sandhills to pine flatwoods to swamp and the river within a short distance.

This is an easy field trip for avid naturalists and native plant enthusiasts. Youth that are heavily interested in science or nature inclined should also inquire!

Further Info:   



Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/395871874467330/






October 22, 2019 -  County-wide proclamation celebrating October as Florida Native Plant Month! With Seminole Board of County Commissioners. 8:45am in Sanford, FL Approved and supported by Commissioner Brenda Carey!

November 4, 2019 -  Reducing Impacts of Stormwater Runoff with Florida Native Plants With St Johns Water Management District. 6:45pm at Seminole IFAS in Sanford, FL 

November 16, 2019 -  Field trip to Econ Sandhills Conservation Area With St Johns Water Management District. 8:45am. RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST! 

November 17, 2019 -  Seminole Seed and Sappling Swap! Ticket information coming soon. 11:00am at Seminole IFAS in Sanford, FL 



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 Vacant   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  12.10.2019