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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 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!

 


 

Now Accepting Internships!

Available Positions 

Director At-Large (In-person)

Secretary (In-person)

Social Media Representative (Online)

Communications (Online)

Web Designer (Online)

Chapter Representative (Proxy- online)

Additional information will be sent to you upon completion of your form

Complete your application here

 


 

Discover native plants for Seminole County!

Hundreds of our fans that visit our webpage each month want to discover native plants that grow in our area. Please click on the image! A helpful suggestion for a complete list is to select "any" for light, soil, and water needs.

Love what we do? Trying to encourage someone? Want to gift a membership that doubles as chapter support? Email us here: cupletfern@gmail.com

 


 

Free list of native plants for birds in Seminole County!

Please click on the image. Enjoy!

 


 

CUPLET FERN EDUCATIONAL CLASSES IN OUR COMMUNITY

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL!

Classes TBA. The 4-H Spin Kids Class occuring the end of May/ early June was cancelled per Seminole IFAS & 4-H Club.

 


 

JUNE 10th 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- Extrafloral nectaries (EFNs): Many plants have EFNs helpful to beneficials-  Click here for the article!

 Bonus publication: List of EFNs in plants and ferns around the world. Be sure to participate in the Read and Learn! It enhances your native plant knowledge! 

 


 

JUNE 10th: MINI PLANT SALE AT THE PROGRAM! 

Barbara Whittier and Green Isle Gardens Nursery will be supplying a few, unique plants especially for this month!

 


 

JUNE 10th MAIN PROGRAM: LONG LEAF PINE RESTORATION & TEACHING LANDSCAPE AT STETSON UNIVERSITY

With CYNTHIA BENNINGTON and KAREN COLE

Original photo courtesy of Stetson University

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Neta Villalobos-Bell, Past President (Advisory)

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: The Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape, an ongoing, small-scale (1 acre) restoration of the historic longleaf pine forests of central Florida, was established in 2011 on the perimeter of Stetson University’s campus, and adjacent to the university’s earth science museum. Recognizing that the site is far too small to be considered a true ecological restoration, it is nevertheless perfectly suited to extend the educational outreach of the Gillespie Museum and to provide space for undergraduate research projects related to the ecological restoration of degraded urban spaces. With a current emphasis on the role of this urban fragment as a refuge for insect pollinators, we are working to increase the diversity of the understory and to create educational materials describing the importance of native insect species to native plant reproduction. We will share progress we have made, challenges met along the way, and our optimism for the future.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2377734829121964

 


 

JUNE 15th FIELD TRIP: RESTORING A SANDHILL- RESEARCH AND OUTREACH IN AN URBAN HABITAT FRAGMENT 

With CYNTHIA BENNINGTON and KAREN COLE

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

Original photo courtesy of Stetson University

Arrival Time: 8:45am 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Dr. Cynthia Bennington

Location:  Stetson University 234 E Michigan Ave, DeLand, FL 32724-3539

Parking:  Park near that location   Ample campus garage parking available over the weekends

Entrance Fee: None.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please join Stetson University's biology professor Dr. Cynthia Bennington as we tour natural areas around campus. 

We will visit the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape established in 2011 on the perimeter of Stetson University’s campus, and adjacent to the university’s earth science museum. It is an ongoing, small-scale (1 acre) restoration of the historic longleaf pine forests of central Florida. 

Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity!

Further Info:   https://www.stetson.edu/other/gillespie-museum/vse/pollinator-project.php

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/575933382875750/

 


 

JULY 1st MAIN PROGRAM: THE SEMINOLE COUNTY FERTILIZER ORDINANCE- How You Can Help

With DR. TERRENCE FULLERTON

Please note our meeting and program is the first Monday of the month (not on July 8th)

Original photo courtesy of Seminole County

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: 

Terrence Fullerton is the Fertilizer Educator for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program at Seminole County IFAS Extension. The program will be a shortened version of their fertilizer workshop, but will still emphasize how the audience can help spread the word and provide the most accurate info to the community. 

Terrence holds a PhD in Soil Science from the University of West Indies. He has conducted over 200 training sessions, seminars and field related to plant nutrition for farmers, extension officers, students, teachers, agricultural professionals and the general public in different parts of the world. His focus is on efficient and environmentally sound plant nutrient management practices. He's especially proficient in providing technical guidance to people whose focus is not in technology. 

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/424373831657163/

 


 

JULY 20th FIELD TRIP: PRIVATE TOUR OF WILSON'S LANDING PARK

With TINA MCINTYRE

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

Original photo of Wilson's Landing courtesy of Seminole County

Arrival Time: TBD

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Tina McIntyre

Location:  Wilson's Landing Park  387 Malekean Trail, Sanford, FL 32771

Parking:  TBD   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please join FNPS member and Seminole County Florida Friendly Landscaping agent Tina McIntyre as we have a short field trip at Wilson’s Landing Park. The county has been working to make native plant enhancements there and they should be growing nicely by then. Tinea will talk about the watershed within the property as well.

Members of Tarflower Chapter, our sister chapter, may be joining us as well. Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity! We will take a short break at the pavilion.

Further Info:   http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/301558-Wilsons-Landing.stml

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/954703471401451/

 


 

UCF honors the Whittier family by renaming trail 'Whittier's Walk' in memory of Dr. Hank Whittier's early work in developing the UCF Arboretum!

 


 

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

Jun 10, 2019 -  Long Leaf Pine Restoration in an Urbanized Landscape. With Dr. Cynthia Bennington! 6:45pm at Seminole IFAS Auditorium

Jun 15, 2019 -  Guided Tour of Natural Areas at Stetson University. With Dr. Cynthia Bennington! 8:45am at Stetson University

July 1, 2019 -  Seminole Fertilizer Ordinance. With Terrence Fullerton! 6:45pm at Seminole IFAS Auditorium

July 20, 2019 -  Guided Tour of Wilson's Landing. With Tina McIntyre! 8:45am at Wilson's Landing

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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 Nihal Hafez   Send questions and information to:
Treasurer Susan Angermeier   PO Box 150021
Secretary Vacant   Altamonte Springs 32715
Chapter Representative (interim) Mark Kateli   cupletfern@gmail.com
Newsletter Kathleen Poole   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    
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  11.06.2019