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


Serving Seminole County

Cuplet Fern Chapter is one of 37 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) chapters throughout the state.
Our 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.

Next program meeting is June 11th at 7pm at the Sanford Garden Club: 200 Fairmont Drive, Sanford, FL 32773 


JUNE 2018: 'READ AND LEARN' Articles

Win a Special Prize!

At the meeting, an open-ended question will be asked before the program to the audience pertaining to either publication. 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. 

Native Plant of the Month- American Beautyberry Callicarpa americanaClick here for a great FNPS publication all about this beautiful native plant. 

Publication related to your scheduled June program- Gopher Apple Licania michauxii- Click here for a great FNPS publication hailing from 1992 including an insightful epilogue by David Drylie.



JUNE 11th PROGRAM: Florida Gopher Tortoises with your presenter Carissa Kent!

200 Fairmont Drive, Sanford, FL @ 7pm

Carissa Kent has been involved in gopher tortoise rescue relocation efforts since 2006 when she started Saving Florida's Gopher Tortoises to rescue tortoises off of Incidental Take Permit sites that had permits to bury them. Carissa completed the Ashton Biodiversity Institute gopher tortoise relocation training and also trains authorized agents across the state.

In collaboration with Nokuse Plantation, Avalon Plantation, Eglin Air Force Base and The Humane Society of the United States, Saving Florida's Gopher Tortoises has rescued and relocated in addition of the preservation onsite of over 6,000 gopher tortoises and thousands of commensal species from these incidental-take permitted sites where they could legally be buried alive/entombed. She works closely with FWC, developers, environmental consultants, non-profits and citizens in outreach, permitting, field operations, rescue, transport, data collection, and release. She is a caretaker for the Seminole County Natural Lands program where she helps maintain the Econ River Wilderness Area and monitors gopher tortoise populations on-site.

She also served on the board of Keep Seminole Beautiful and was elected President. She works with the full spectrum of tortoise issues including injured and sick tortoises with her partnerships with SwampGirl Adventures and Central Florida Wildlife Center, waif tortoises, rescue relocation projects, citizen concerns, backyard tortoise habitats, EcoCamps, education and conservation and FWC Law Enforcement situations. She was awarded Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation and also received the Conservation Education Award from the Gopher Tortoise Council in 2016.

Cuplet Fern is pleased to have Carissa present to our community. Free admission. Donations towards Youth Eco-Camp welcomed and encouraged at the meeting! Small selection of locally grown native plants also available for purchase (proceeds go towards Youth Eco-Camp sponsorships)




October 27, 2018 -  Environmental Education Event
Sweetwater Oaks


Your Cuplet Fern Team: Board Members

President Beth Jackson  
Vice President Barbara Whittier Send questions and information to:
Membership Christine Brown PO Box 150021
Secretary Christine Brown Altamonte Springs 32715
Treasurer Susan Angermeier cupletfern@gmail.com
Newsletter Kathleen Poole or leave a phone message at
Chapter Representative     Neta Villalobos-Bell (352) 658-3677
Director at Large Jim Hoopper  
Director at Large Marion Crim  
Website Ken Bell  


Published on  20.05.2018