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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 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!

 


 

New to native plants and landscaping with them?

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

 


 

A NEW Florida native plants idea garden area within the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) at Seminole IFAS has been installed!

Come join us on our gardening days! 4th (typically, but not always) Saturday of each month.

 

Current dates are: 11/16, and 12/14. Bring your own supplies (gloves, trash bags, gardening tools, etc.) On 11/16, we also have a field trip so be sure to Email us here if you plan to come.


 

NOV 16th FIELD TRIP: ECON SANDHILLS CONSERVATION AREA

With GRAHAM WILLIAMS

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

Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Florida Hikes

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Dr. Jennifer Mitchell

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

Location:  Econolatchee Sandhills Conservation Area: 15227 Lake Pickett Rd, Orlando, FL 32820  There are no restrooms on property

Parking and where to meet: Gravel/dirt parking lot at the main entrance. Ample parking space   

Entrance Fee: None.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: 

Please join Graham Williams, land manager, from St Johns Water Management District at the Econolatchee Sandhills Conservation Area where he will discuss native plant ecology and the Econolatchee river's hydrology.

Graham Williams works for the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJWMD). He is passionate about Florida’s incredible water resources and hopes to spark your interest in what you can do to help protect Florida’s waterways. Dr. Jennifer Mitchell from SJWMD may also be joining us!

The Econ sandhill area protects almost 1.5 miles of the Econlockhatchee River and its associated floodplain and uplands.

This property is special because it protects some of the only remaining natural sandhill community in eastern Orange County. Visitors say it also has some of the prettiest floodplain swamp found along the Econlockhatchee River. Though a small property, it offers almost 3 miles of nice trail where visitors will be able to traverse sandhills to pine flatwoods to swamp and the river within a short distance.

This is an easy field trip for avid naturalists and native plant enthusiasts. Youth that are heavily interested in science or nature inclined should also inquire!

Further Info:   

https://www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/econlockhatchee/

https://www.sjrwmd.com/static/lands/trailguides/econlockhatchee_sandhillstrail.pdf

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

 


 

DECEMBER 2nd: HOLIDAY SOCIAL

With CUPLET FERN!

(NOTE DATE AND TIME OF MEETING)

Date: December 2nd (1st Monday) 

Arrival Time: 6:30pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Barbara Whittier

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 not eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program (due to holiday party).

Main-program discussion: No program this month. This is a holiday social for several organizations.

  • Please bring a dish to share (don't forget utensils for your dish)
  • Please bring a drawing (raffle) prize: any gardening related prize is good (bottle of wine, books, plants, gardening tools, etc.). You're welcome to bring more than one.

We will be playing the best botany game of the year- 'Tree-via!' after dinner concludes. An excellent opportunity for members to network with one another and for guests to know Cuplet Fern.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2276067892717584/

 


 

DEC 7th FIELD TRIP: FIELD TRIP TO LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK

With PASSIONFLOWER CHAPTER!

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

Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Jimal Essa 

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Melanie Simon

Location:  Lake Louisa State Park 7305 US-27, Clermont, FL 34714  There are no restrooms on property

Parking and where to meet:  Ranger Station (carpooling further into the park afterwards)

Entrance Fee: None.   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 us with our sister chapter, Passionflower, as we enjoy a guided tour of Lake Louisa State Park with Chris Matson, Florida State Parks biologist.  

We will tour the Ranger Station native plant garden and meet our hike leader at 9:30.  We will carpool to another area of the park to take a short hike and see restoration areas and some of the habitat and native plants being conserved and restored.  After the hike members can regroup and drive to the beach area to eat lunch.

Lake Louisa State Park showcases a diversity of wildlife, including deer, bobcat, gopher tortoises, fox squirrel and flighted creatures like bald eagles and osprey. The park is home to 11 distinct natural plant communities and lies within the eastern boundary of the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern and the northern boundary of the Lake Wales Ridge.

Bring water to drink, hat, binoculars (if you have them), sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity!

Further Info:   https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/lake-louisa-state-park

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/481473965961993/


 

Native plant month proclamation recognizing their importance and value!

Above: Video courtesy of Seminole county government


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 10, 2019 -  Collaborative activity IDEAS for US  organized by Lee Perry. 8:45am at Rock Springs Run Reserve in Sorrento, FL 

November 16, 2019 -  Field trip to Econ Sandhills Conservation Area With St Johns Water Management District. 8:45am. RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST! 

November 16, 2019 -  Gardening Day at IFAS Note that we have a field trip on this day, too. So Email us here if you plan to come.

December 2, 2019 -  Cuplet Fern's Holiday Potluck Party!  organized by Cuplet Fern members. 6:30pm at Seminole IFAS Auditorium 

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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 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  11.11.2019