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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 wonderful 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!



New to native plants and landscaping with them?

Watch an archived but beautifully done NatureWise video featuring Cuplet Fern's Ora Boriecci among others! 



We made local news!

View the article: https://bungalower.com/2019/11/20/volunteer-spotlight-get-to-know-cuplet-fern/


Graphic courtesy of Mark Kateli





Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Needpix.com

Arrival Time: 2pm

Point of Contact: Lavon Silvernell


Location:  Orlando Wetlands Park 25155 Wheeler Rd, Christmas, FL 32709  There are restrooms on property

Parking and where to meet:  Parking lot in front of education center. Group will gather here upon arrival. Restrooms are available on front end of the property and can be used before tour begins.

Entrance Fee: $5 suggested donation.  To be collected upon arrival. Donations benefit the Friends of Orlando Wetlands Park. FNPS members report volunteer hours. 

Where to meet: Check in at the Ranger Station upon arrival. There is ample parking at the Ranger Station and you will be directed to where the group is parking.

Details: Please join our sister chapter, Lake Beautyberry, as they enjoy a guided tour of Orlando Wetlands Park.  

Orlando Wetland Park is an encouraging example of how 1,200 acres of former pasture can be converted to treat, 57 million gallons of nutrient rich water before it flows into the St Johns River.  Those acres now multi-task, cleaning water through a functioning wetland ecosystem; plus, inviting visitors to enjoy the stunning vistas of native trees, aquatic and upland vegetation, and easily seen and photographed wildlife, especially birds.   

Plan to arrive at 2:00pm and gather in front of the Education Center.  While at OWP we will enjoy: a cart tour of the wetlands with FNPS and Master Naturalist guides, and a tour of the Education Center and Wildlife Garden.  The guided tour will end at about 4:30 but the park does not close until sundown, 5:30pm, so if you wish you may stay to see waterbirds returning to the rookery or to photo the sunset.

Bring water, a snack, hat, binoculars (if you have them), sunscreen, poncho, insect repellent. Dress in layers, this is a wide open space and can be windy and colder than an urban area.

Registration is required if you plan to join the cart tour and requested if you plan to walk on your own.  For additional information and to register email: lakebeautyberry@gmail.com .  Or if you cannot email, call 352-223-4761.

Further Info:   




Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/376088939813809/



Native plant month proclamations recognizing their importance and value!

Above: Video courtesy of Seminole county government. A first for FNPS in our county.




December 12, 2019 -  Weeding and Upkeep Day at Seminole IFAS  8am-10am

December 14, 2019 -  Gardening Projects Day at Seminole IFAS 8am-10am

December 15, 2019 -  Field trip to Orlando Wetlands Park With Lake Beautyberry chapter. 2pm. RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST!   

January 12, 2020 -  Special Event Workshop with Neta. Highly limited seating. 10:30am at Seminole IFAS. Ticket information coming very soon!

January 13, 2020 -  Master Gardener Emertius Tom MacCubbin's program: 60 years of Gardening. 6:45pm at Seminole IFAS.

January 18, 2020 -  Smyrna Dunes Park field trip. 8:45am in Volusia County. RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST!   

January 19, 2020 -  Invasive species removal collaboration with Seminole Natural Lands and IDEAS for US in Spring Hammock, Longwood RSVP/EMAIL US HERE  10am-12pm

January 23, 2020 -  Weeding and Upkeep Day at Seminole IFAS 8am-10am

January 25, 2020 -  Gardening Projects Day at Seminole IFAS 8am-10am




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 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- Senior Editor 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  08.12.2019