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Mission

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

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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 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! 

 


 

2019 A Great Year in Review!

Big moves in outreaches, venue, community gardening, and field trips occured. Some of the highlights in the video are:

❇️ The 10th annual Seminole Expo plant sale ❇️ Community speakers, including Don Philpott, Taylor Jones, Imagine Our Florida, and Prem Subrahmanyam ❇️ A comprehensive educational experience of Split Oak Forest Wildlife & Environmental Area benefitting Friends of Split Oak Forest ❇️ Relocating our base to UF IFAS Extension Seminole County ❇️ Special event workshops with St. Johns Riverkeeper and Twinflower Nursery, LLC ❇️ Volunteering at the 34th annual Charity Challenge INC by Commissioner Lee Constantine ❇️ Participating in field trips with Lake Beautyberry Chapter, Passionflower Chapter FNPS, Seminole County Natural Lands, and St. Johns River Water Management District ❇️ Photographing the flora across the seasons at Tosohatchee WMA ❇️ Conducting a rare plant survey with the Florida Forest Service ❇️ Recognizing October as Florida native plant month with the first-ever microconference and the regional kick-off meeting with Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Dr. Craig Huegel at Leu Gardens ❇️ Procuring the FNPS native plant proclamation for the first time in Seminole county at the Board Of Commissioners Chambers- Seminole County with Commissioner Brenda Carey ❇️ Invasive plant removal with IDEAS For Us - Orlando and Sierra Club Central Florida Group ❇️ Initiating zero-waste social events with O-Town Compost

 


 

JAN 18th FIELD TRIP: SMYRNA DUNES PARK

With Terri Propst

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

Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Inspirock

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Terri Propst and Mark Kateli

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

Location:  Smyrna Dunes Park     2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 There are restrooms near the main office or pavillion that will be available before the tour begins

Parking and where to meet: Parking lot near the main office and pavillion. Ample parking spaces   

Entrance Fee: $10 per vehicle. Carpooling recommend. Members report volunteer hours. 

There is complimentary entry for handicap qualifying vehicles (including Disabled Veterans registered vehicles) and 50% discount to first responders and veterans.

For everyone else, a standard daily entrance ticket is $10/vehicle with one complimentary same day re-entry at Smynra Dunes Park or Lighthouse Point Park, it's sister park located across the inlet in the Town of Ponce Inlet (https://www.volusia.org/services/public-works/coastal-division/coastal-parks/lighthouse-point-park.stml).  An annual pass runs at $20/vehicle/year and is valid until December 31st.  Since our field trip is in January, it maybe worthwhile for some to opt for the annual pass (same discounts applicable) so they can receive unlimited entries for the remainder of the year. 

Details: 

Please join Terri Propst, coastal division manager, from Volusia Public Works department. Her specialty is on plants, recent invasive removal history at the park, native protected species that inhabit the park (gopher tortoise, southeastern beach mice, sea turtles, etc.) along with park operations & amenities.

Perched on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of natural habitats for animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation.

Smyrna Dunes park boasts 5 ecosystems- ocean, river, dunes, scrub zone, and saltwater marsh- with the most evident ecosystem being vast sand dunes. There should be many migratory birds during this time of the year so birders (and their binoculars) are encouraged to join us. We will tour along the boardwalk and take a trip up to the observation tower.

Further Info:   

https://www.volusia.org/services/public-works/coastal-division/coastal-parks/smyrna-dunes-park.stml

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

 


 

JAN 19th Invasive Plant Removal: SPRING HAMMOCK

With IDEAS For US

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

Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Needpix

Timeframe: 10am-12pm

Point of Contact: Lee Perry and Mark Kateli

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE 

Location:  Spring Hammock Preserve   2985 Osprey Trail   Longwood, FL 32773  Restrooms are not available on prooperty. 

Parking and where to meet: Park on the public sand/gravel lot at the entry point into the park. Ample parking spaces. We will meet here before we begin the weed pull.   

Entrance Fee: None. FNPS members report volunteer hours. 

Details: 

Please join Jena Pell from Seminole Natural Lands program and Lee Perry, from IDEAS for US for a cesearweed invasive plant removal at Spring Hammock. 

Seminole Natural Lands will provide bags for weeds. We will stage these bags at a particular location for their team to dispose at a later time. IDEAS for US will provide gloves, water, and fruit. The weed pull has been designed to be an easy feel good opportunity for making a positive difference in our ecology and community!

Spring Hammock Preserve is a 1,500-acre natural area in Seminole County, Florida. Its mucky areas protect examples of hydric hammock and floodplain forest. Sandy terrain supports upland hardwood and pine flatwood ecosystems. Many animal and plant species in the preserve are either rare or near their range limit.

This property is a unique assemblage of floodplain forest, hydric hammock, upland mixed hardwoods and pine flatwoods. There are many rare and listed species including the bipinnate cuplet fern (Dennstaedtia bipinnata), Ockeechobee gourd (Cucurbita okeechobeensis), and the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). There is a boardwalk that leads through second growth cypress forest out to Lake Jesup.

Further Info:   

https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Spring-Hammock-Preserve.stml

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/471178363518360/

 


 

FEB 10th PROGRAM: EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL FLORIDA NATIVE PLANTS

With CLYDE FOLSOM

Background photo courtesy of Sanibel sea school of sea grapes (Coccoloba Uvifera)

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 nurseryman for South Seminole Farm and Nursery, Clyde Folsom, as he discusses edible and medicinal Florida native plants. Clyde's presentation will cover native flora from a foraging and culinary perspective, as well as addressing the cultural importance and historical/folkloric use of these plants medicinally. 

A Florida native, Clyde has spent his life growing up in the state’s parks and wild spaces, developing an intense love and interest in Florida’s culture and history as viewed from an ethnobotanical perspective, volunteering in various cleanup and restoration projects from a young age. Much of the plant lore he can share he’s picked up firsthand from knowledgeable mentors and family members, and from his employer at South Seminole Farm and Nursery, at which he’s worked for the last four years. During his free time Clyde enjoys helping plan sustainable, edible landscaping schemes for South Seminole customers and introducing all he can to lesser known, Florida-friendly food sources for both humankind and wildlife. 

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/442992573035969/

 


 

FEB 15th FIELD TRIP: TWO EASY FIELD TRIPS DAY!

To Bear Creek Nature Trail & Ed Yarborough Nature Center

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

Field Trip Photos Courtesy of Florida Hikes

Arrival Time: 8:30am

Point of Contact: Barbara Whittier and Mark Kateli

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

Location #1:  Bear Creek Nature Trail     1555 Winter Springs Blvd, Winter Springs, FL 32708 

Location #2:  Ed Yarborough Nature Center     3485 County Rd 426, Geneva, FL 32732  About a 15 min drive from Bear Creek

Parking and where to meet: Parking is limited at Bear Creek Natural Trail- carpooling is recommended!

Entrance Fee: None. Carpooling recommend. Members report volunteer hours.  

Details: 

Please join nurseryman Clyde Folsom as he takes us for a short and easy hike around the Bear Creek Trail. Clyde's walk will cover native plants visible along the trail along with edible and medicinal knowledge about them. The guided walk should last no more than 45 mins.

Afterwards, please join Barbara Whittier for a brief tour of the Ed Yarborough native plant garden area. The nature center is but 10 miles east of Bear Creek Nature Trail and should take just 15 mins by car. A convenient and easy commute. We will tour the garden area where native plants have been allowed to grow and thrive. Barbara will discuss some of her favorite plant selections along with tried and true methods of growing them successfully in your yard. The low-maintenance native plant garden area requires light pruning and upkeep about a handful of times a year. Please plan to meet at the educational center- the garden area is adjacent to it. The tour should last no more than 1 hour.

Further Info for Bear Creek:   

https://floridahikes.com/bear-creek-nature-trail

https://www.winterspringsfl.org/parksrec/page/bear-creek-nature-trail

Further Info for Ed Yarborough:   

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

https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Ed-Yarborough-Nature-Center.stml

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

 


 

Native plant month proclamations recognizing their importance and value!

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

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Feb 10, 2020 -  Edible and Medicinal Florida plants with Clyde Folsom at Seminole IFAS  7pm-9pm

Feb 15, 2020 -  2 Easy Field Trips Day: Bear Creek and Ed Yarborough RSVP/EMAIL US HERE  8:30am-12pm

Feb 20, 2020 -  Weeding and Upkeep Day at Seminole IFAS 8am-10am

Feb 22, 2020 -  Seminole EXPO Plant Sale at Seminole IFAS 9am-2pm

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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 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- Junior Editor Jennifer Ferrell    
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  16.01.2020