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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 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.

Please attend our monthly program meetings: 7pm at the Sanford Garden Club (200 Fairmont Drive, 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!

 


 

Give the gift of a Cuplet Fern membership this month! 

Love what we do? Trying to encourage someone? Want to gift another doubling as chapter support? Email us here: cupletfern@gmail.com

 


 

NEW EMBROIDERED $15 CUPLET FERN TSHIRTS:  Ladies, it's time for an upgrade! Purchase your polos at the Holiday Social!  Pre-purchase by emailing here: cupletfern@gmail.com

 

Incredible deal: $15

What: Cuplet Fern embroidered All-performance polo

Perks:  100% wrinkle-resistant and never needs ironing, so it is great for travelling. It is also 100% moisture-wicking and barely even needs to go in the dryer. The All-Purpose Polo is medium weight, so it feels fantastic while staying put or on the go. Finally, the fabric is slightly textured, so it wears and looks just right for professional, athletic or casual wear. This shirt is perfect for working indoors or out in the heat. An innovative fabric-dying process uses about 10% of the water normally required to produce garments, which is terrific for the environment, while at the same time creating 100% color fastness. The color of this shirt will not fade even after 1,000 washes!

Perks you didn't think about:  Bright colors will help locate you in case you fall behind on a field trip

Highly limited: Once gone, it's gone. This was an incredible deal that your president put his own money down on. If such a rare deal happens again, the next order will be for the gents.

 


 

DECEMBER 15th: GENTLE REJUVENATING YOGA WITH NATIVE PLANT EXCHANGE:  A unique initiative to exchange native plants after a refreshing light yoga class! Guests are welcome. TICKETS ON SALE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gentle-rejuvinating-yoga-with-native-plant-exchange-tickets-51667671396

 

Arrival Time: 11:45am 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli 

Location:  Serenity Now Yoga   1200 W State Rd 434 #212, Longwood, FL 32750

Parking:  Parking available in front and back of building. Please note the yoga studio is located on the second floor.

Entrance Fee: $12   Your ticket covers cost of the class and a proceed to Cuplet Fern! Both business are local to Seminole County that promote health and a better lifestyle. Members report volunteer hours.

Further Info:   http://www.serenitynowyogacorp.com

Principle of Giving and why the Native Plants make an Ideal Choice: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-liusuwan/generosity-in-buddhism_b_14487312

Limited Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gentle-rejuvenating-yoga-with-native-plant-exchange-tickets-51667671396

This class is an adult Yin Yoga class-

The class lasts roughly an hour. You will need to arrive by 11:45am to sign-off on a standard event waiver form. Yoga mats are included for your convenience- all you have to do is show up with a native plant for our plant exchange at the end of the class.

The gift of generosity in eastern cultures requires that the gift is pure. A pure gift would be giving a gift that is proper: meaning proper for the time, person, circumstance, etc. and is earned by honest means. To give with pure intentions means to give with compassion, conviction, attentively, and without negatively affecting others. A pure recipient would be a virtuous person who would be worthy of a gift. This is where native plants come into the picture.

Your ticket covers the cost of the class and a donation to the Florida Native Plant Society Cuplet Fern chapter. Not to worry- a few extra native plants will also be available in case you forget or don't have native plants :)

 

As a special event incentive, Cuplet Fern will reimburse $6 for newcommers towards their Cuplet Fern FNPS membership for their first year with us. Simply email us and let us know when you have become a Cuplet Fern member through FNPS.org. We have the ability to confirm your membership through the website and we will mail you a check listed in your transacted membership application.

Facebook event page to share with your loved ones is available here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2230443693911725/

 


 

JANUARY 12th CUPLET FERN FIELD TRIP:  Caravaning the LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE! Guests are welcome. RSVP for non-members required. Email Cupletfern@gmail.com

 

Above photo of a savannah dusky sparrow (Passerculus sandwichiensis) courtesy of Mary Keim taken at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD). This sparrow is a brief visitor in Florida- on it's way further north towards its breeding grounds. Part of the American sparrows, this species happens to be the only member of its genus. 

 

Arrival Time: 8:45am 

Point of Contact: Beth Jackson-Perez

Location:  MEET FIRST at Magnolia Park       2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka, FL2424 

Parking:  N/A        This trip requires the use of a car as you drive along the north shore of Lake Apopka- carpooling highly recommended.

Entrance Fee: None      Donations encouraged-  Checks payable towards 'Friends of Lake Apopka' encouraged and mailed to PO Box 770355, Winter Garden, FL 34777-0355.

Further Info:   https://www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/lake-apopka/wildlife-drive/  Members report volunteer hours. 

Map: https://www.sjrwmd.com/static/lands/trailguides/Lake_Apopka_wildlife_drive_map.pdf

Please join Cuplet Fern Member  Beth Jackson-Perez on a leisurely tour of the Lake Apopka Wildlife drive. This trip requires the use of your car (carpooling encouraged) as we stop at various scenic pull-over points and note plants and wildlife. The wildlife drive is renowned as a birding hotspot and a convenient bird checklist for enthusiasts can be found here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42680868.  

Meet at Magnolia Park, 2929 S. Binion Rd. Apopka first. We will caravan along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, a one-way 11-mile drive, beginning at Lust Road and ending on Jones Road. We will stop along the way into “pull over” areas to observe and discuss what we see. The former farmlands that make up the Lake Apopka North Shore includes marsh and floodplain restoration and the creation of a marsh flow-way that filters Lake Apopka’s waters by circulating lake water through restored wetlands, returning cleaner water to the lake. 

After our drive, we can return to picnic at Magnolia Park. Bring water, a hat, insect repellent, a bagged lunch, sunglasses, and sun screen. Binoculars or long-distance cameras, if you have them, are encouraged.

RSVP is required  for non-members for this field trip- email cupletfern@gmail.com for questions as we need to know anticipated attendance.
(Reservations are usually required for inclement weather or if the field trip leader gets sick, we can call you back and cancel plans) 

 


 

 

JAN 14th 2019: 'READ AND LEARN' Articles 

Win a Special Prize!

At the program 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- TBD. Check back here.

 American Bays- Discover various common-named "bay" plants - Click here for an interesting archived read from the Palmetto!  This is an insightful read authored by none other than renowned ethnobotanist, Dan Austin!

Bonus publication: None this month. Please be sure to read about American 'bay' plants. It will most certainly give you clarity on their common names.

 


 

JANUARY 14th PRE-PROGRAM: BEING BEAR-WISE SEMINOLE COUNTY  

With KATRINA SHADIX

Above photo courtesy of Katrina Shadix

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Sanford Garden Club   200 Fairmont Drive , Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building and across the street (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours.

Pre-program discussion: Katrina Shadix, director of the nonprofit organization Bear Warriors United, will be speaking briefly before the main program about ongoing Bear Warriors projects happening in our county and what you can do as better informed citizens with coexisting in bear habitat. Katrina will provide us FWC current policy information, movement towards Oviedo becoming the first "Bear Wise" city in Florida, and how HOA's can be more naturewise

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.sanfordgardenclub.com

 


 

JANUARY 14th MAIN PROGRAM: SPRING BIRD MIGRATIONS

With FAITH JONES  

Above photo of a Prairie warbler on Walter's viburnum by Ken Schmidt. Courtesy of Faith Jones

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Neta Villalobos-Bell and Mark Kateli

Location:  Sanford Garden Club   200 Fairmont Drive , Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building and across the street (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None.     Members report volunteer hours. Seminole IFAS Master Gardener's Program continuing education hours eligible!  Faith's presentation will cover the use of native plants to attract migrating birds to your yard. Seminole Audubon members encouraged to attend.

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.sanfordgardenclub.com

Event on Facebook (for full info): https://www.facebook.com/events/232470630862010

 


 

JANUARY 14th: MINI PLANT SALE AT THE PROGRAM! 

 


 

FEBRUARY 11th PRE-PROGRAM: YOUTH ECO CAMP AT THE ED YARBOROUGH NATURE CENTER  

With LORI HARTSOCK

Above photo courtesy of Lori Hartsock

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Barbara Whittier, Cuplet Fern Eco Camp Ambassador

Location:  Sanford Garden Club   200 Fairmont Drive , Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building and across the street (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!

Pre-program discussion: Lori Hartsock, educational coordinator for the Seminole County Greenways and Natural Lands will be speaking briefly before the main program on their Youth Eco Camp at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center in Geneva. She will also speak about  other programs for families and adults offered to the community. The Youth Eco Camp is a program during vacation breaks where children ages 7-12 have fun while learning about the natural world! The program is committed to promoting individual growth and environmental awareness. Children hike, fish, dip net, set live traps, learn about the animals in the Nature Center (and hopefully meet some animals on trails), do nature crafts, play games and much more!

Cuplet Fern chapter has been supporting this endeavor for many years through the chapter's Rick Ehle Eco Camp Scholarship. Currently, all of the plants available at our chapter's monthly programs raise donations to benefit the scholarship fund. Please bring extra cash this month! Your main program with Green Isle Gardens will have different and exciting plants available!

 

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.sanfordgardenclub.com

Further Info on the Eco Camp:  http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/greenways-natural-lands/natural-ls/eco-camp.stml

Further info about the Ed Yarborough Nature Center:  https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Geneva-Wilderness-Area-And-Ed-Yarborough-Nature-Center.stml

Further info about applying for our Rick Ehle Eco Camp Scholarship: http://cupletfern.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=scholarships

 


 

FEBRUARY 16th CUPLET FERN FIELD TRIP:  A guided tour of the UCF HERBARIUM! 

FILLED! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN QUITE POPULAR WITH GUESTS! THE GUEST LIST IS NOW FILLED. ONLY CUPLET FERN MEMBERS CAN STILL RSVP. TO JOIN CUPLET FERN, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Above photo courtesy of the UCF Herbarium

Time: 8:45am 

Point of Contact: Christine Brown and Dr. Elizabeth Harris

Location:  UCF Herbarium   12424 Research Parkway, Suite 305, Orlando, FL 32826

Parking:  Park in the Research Pavilion   Ample parking available. 

Entrance Fee: None  Members report volunteer hours.

Further Info:   https://sciences.ucf.edu/biology/facilities/herbarium

Map: https://map.ucf.edu/?show=8102

Please join esteemed Herbarium curator Dr. Elizabeth Harris as we tour through the research pavilion adjacent to the UCF Arboretum offices. The UCF Herbarium was founded in 1968 for the deposit, curation, and study of preserved plant and fungi specimens. Vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and macro-algae can all be found in the collections of the UCF Herbarium. The growing collection includes over 20,000 specimens some dating back to the 1920s.

Some of the notable collections deposited in the UCF Herbarium include those made by Mary Singeltary, Harvey A. Miller, Sam Hopkins, Henry Whittier, and  Paul O. Schallert. Numerous UCF undergraduate and graduate students have also donated specimens, many serving as vouchers for their research and theses.

Discover more about the UCF's fantastic collection and the SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise Collections here: http://sernec.org/

Facebook event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2168540773388548

Bring water to drink and ample curiousity! We will disperse after the tour (no lunch).  

 

THIS EVENT IS FILLED.  WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL GUESTS. ONLY CUPLET FERN MEMBERS CAN RSVP AT THIS TIME (WE HAVE A RECORD TO CONFIRM MEMBERSHIP).  TO SUPPORT OUR CHAPTER BY BECOMING A MEMBER CLICK HERE!

RSVP is required  for non-members for this field trip- email cupletfern@gmail.com for questions as we need to know anticipated attendance.
(Reservations are usually required for inclement weather or if the field trip leader gets sick, we can call you back and cancel plans) 

 


 

CUPLET FERN'S HOLIDAY SOCIAL PICS ARE IN! We enjoyed having Permelia Ehle and Seminole Audubon members join our annual get-together!

Holiday Socials

 


 

RECAP: Video of our Hickory Bluff Preserve Field Trip!

 


 

RECAP: Video of our Lubee Bat Conservancy Field Trip!

 


 

ONGOING: Controversial development ruling ahead transgressing rural borders in Seminole County. Click on the video for info. Contact your local representative today or Channel 13 Spectrum (Jerry Hume) and share your thoughts with them.

 


 

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

December 15, 2018 -  Gentle Yoga with native plant exchange. Perfect to combat holiday season stress.

January 14, 2019 -  Spring Bird Migrations program. Plus a pre-program short discussion about being bear-conscious in Seminole County.

February 11, 2019 -  Pruning and Maintenance of Native Plants. Plus a pre-program short discussion about the Youth Eco Camp in Seminole County.

February, 2019 -  Date TBD - Council of Chapters meeting (any Cuplet Fern members welcome). Email cupletfern@gmail.com for more details. A great get-together.

February 23, 2019 -  Seminole Gardening Expo at the Seminole UF/IFAS Extension Agency. 9am- 2:30pm More information coming soon!

April 13 & 14th, 2019 -  TENTATIVE - Sanford Garden Club Plant Sale. More information coming soon!

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Your Cuplet Fern Team

President Mark Kateli  
Past President (advisory) Neta Villalobos-Bell  
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 (interim)     Mark Kateli (352) 658-3677
Director at Large Marion Crim  
Publicity Chair  Jan Mangos  
Publicity- Social Media  Candis Roby  
Website Mark Kateli  
Website (advisory) Ken Bell  
Facebook  Stacy Klema  
Facebook Joey Myers  
Instagram  Kelly DelValle  
Business Ambassador           Jim Hooper  
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier  

 


Published on  13.12.2018