Meetings, Field Trips, and Events

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Monthly Meetings at IFAS Auditorium

Usually the second Monday of each month @ 6:45 pm (some exceptions apply)

Always review upcoming meetings and event dates on our main page

Meetings/Programs are free and open to the public

Native plants available at each meeting for a donation to our eco-camp scholarships.

We are a casual group. Pull up a chair, enjoy the program, and support kids with a donation!

 

Please visit our FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE  or our MEETUP PAGE for all our events, including pictures and posts about upcoming programs, field trips, and outreaches!


 

DATE TBD: Late Fall/Early Winter Edition

SPECIAL EVENT: PHOTOGRAPHER'S PARADISE: PRIVATE TOUR OF TOSOHATCHEE WILDFLOWER TRAIL

With Tosohatchee Wildlife Management

Arrival Time: 7:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli 

TICKET INFORMATION COMING SOON

Location:  Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area  3365 Taylor Creek Road Christmas, FL 32709

Parking:  Main Entrance Parking lot   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: A special opportunity where you won't have to walk around all morning taking pictures. Ticket purchase benefits Cuplet Fern chapter. Your pictures benefit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC). Full details available by clicking on Eventbrite and Special Page with important information on our chapter website.

 



JANUARY 13th PROGRAM: SIXTY YEARS OF GARDENING: WHAT I'VE LEARNED

With TOM MACCUBBIN

Background photo courtesy of Orlando Sentinel 

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 gardener and retired IFAS agent, Tom MacCubbin, as he discusses a life-long journey of gardening. In his presentation, Tom will talk about what he has learned in his over 60 years of great gardening that can make us all successful. Tom has been requested in particular to speak about Florida native plants.

Tom has been the Orange County Urban Horticulturist until he retired in April, 2007.  He was employed by the county and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) - a division of the University of Florida (UF) at Gainesville. He is now an Extension Agent Emeritus with a full professor equivalent at UF. His primary assignment has been to assist Florida homeowners in the development and maintenance of home gardens, landscapes, turf and ornamentals which he continues through his many media programs.

Tom has won numerous awards. Some of them include: Award of Excellence for work as a county horticulture agent and for effective involvement with media programming from the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. (2001) and Teacher of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society (2007). Tom has hosted the "Better Lawns & Gardens" radio program for more than 18 years and is heard every Saturday morning on more than 20 radio stations throughout Florida.

If you have a book authored by Tom, please bring it! He will be happy to autograph it for you. Cuplet Fern chapter supports the good work UF IFAS alumni continue to do, especially   the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension encompasses IFAS faculty, scientists, educators, staff, and volunteers that work to give Florida residents the knowledge they need in their daily lives. 

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/804801876649414/

 


 

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/

 


 

FEB 22nd PLANT SALE: SEMINOLE IFAS EXPO!

Timeframe: 9am - 3pm

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli, Barbara Whittier, and Chris Calder

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   FNPS members report volunteer hours.  

Details: 

Come see Cuplet Fern at the 10th Annual Seminole Expo! This is a major Sanford event representing several businesses in the Central Florida region

Did you know this is our only slated plant sale for the year? Revenue generated helps us greatly We are highly active in outreaches within our community. Please come out and support us by purchasing plants.

Neta Villalobos-Bell, chapter member, is schedule to present about native plants in the auditorium Presentation time and topic TBD.

Cuplet Fern members will also be giving short tours for interested public to the Florida Friendly Landscape demonstration garden area as needed.

Free Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-seminole-county-gardening-expo-tickets-64227985634

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/437288393829933/

 


 

MARCH 9th PROGRAM: GRASSES SEDGES AND RUSHES FOR NATIVE LANDSCAPING

With NANCY BISSETT

Background photo of a culm of Florida pasapalum (Pasapalum floridanum) from WikiMedia 

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 Nancy Bissett as she discusses an interesting topic that few programs go in-depth on: grasses, rushes, and sedges. Nancy will describe and delineate common selections used in the landscaping- some may appeal to you so much, that you will consider them for your yard as well!

Restoration ecologist, botanist, and horticulturist Nancy Bissett graduated from Florida Southern College (summa cum laude), with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture and botany, June 1980. She and her husband, Bill, co-founded The Natives in 1982. Nancy serves as a consultant, designs and installs upland restoration projects, assists on research projects, monitors and surveys vegetation in central Florida, performs rare plant surveys, and assists and advises on horticultural operations.

Nancy has developed techniques for restoring many upland communities including scrub, sandhill, and flatwoods that include site preparation, planting, direct-seeding native groundcovers, and weed control. She has developed and enacted direct seeding projects for state and local agencies, water management districts, mitigation banks, mined lands, developers, and corporations. As a botanist she has assisted with monitoring research projects for The Nature Conservancy, Florida Institute of Phosphate Research, and others. She has performed various rare plant and vegetation surveys, and also helped federal, state, and local authorities find and evaluate rare plant communities.

As the developer of The Natives nursery, Nancy has experimented with the propagation and growth of many natives plants, including grasses, wildflowers, and rare species.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/445577126043286/

 


 

MARCH 21st FIELD TRIP: CRYSTAL LAKE PRESERVE

With Neta Villalobos-Bell

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

Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Timucuan Golf & Country Club

Arrival Time: 8:00am

Point of Contact: Neta Villalobos-Bell and Mark Kateli

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

Location:  Timucuan Golf Club House     550 Timacuan Blvd, Lake Mary, FL 32746 

Parking and where to meet: Limited parking spots at the Timucuan clubhouse. There are restrooms at the clubhouse that will be available before the tour begins   

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

Details: 

Please join Neta Villalobos-Bell, Cuplet Fern past president, on a tour of Crystal Lake Preserve- a hidden gem. Neta is a Land Steward from the Florida Master Naturalist Program having completed all core and auxiliary courses. Crystal Lake Preserve is a 40 acre tract of land. It is isolated in the middle of Lake Mary development but under protection for wildlife, native plants, and water conservation. Over 80 Florida native plants have been identified on the property.

Because it is within a development, there is limited access, making this a rare opportunity to peek inside for a guided hike to enjoy what's left of natural Florida. Situated by Crystal Lake, we will explore wetland as well as upland species of plants and birds.

Further Info:   

None. This beautiful property is a low-traffic property (good for wildlife!) We will be adding content after the field trip for memory lane!

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005889116459185/

 


 

APRIL 13th PROGRAM: MANAGE YARD PESTS RESPONSIBLY WITH INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

With TINA McINTYRE

Photo of Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers (Romalea guttata) via Creative Commons 

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 Cuplet Fern member and Seminole IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping Agent, Tina McIntyre, for this informative presentation on how to properly handle pests in your yard. You will learn how to create an effective defense against pests while minimizing your impact on the environment.

Reports have shown that 30-40 percent of the pesticide use in Florida occurs in urban areas. With its subtropical, humid environment, Florida is an ideal environment for insect pests and weedy plants. Many people today are looking for ways to manage weeds and pests with little to no use of toxic materials. The control of pests seldom relies on a single pest control practice. Rather, the decision to initiate control involves a combination of elements, including: monitoring, knowledge of the pests/plant/animal hosts, beneficial organisms, level of damage, and selection of the pesticide with the least risk to humans and the environment. Together, these elements form the basis for the practice of integrated pest management, more commonly referred to as IPM.

Tina McIntyre has been a member of the Florida Native Plant Society for several years. She completed her masters in conservation biology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and is a former UCF Arboretum employee. She also worked with the Orange County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) as a Senior Environmental Specialist.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension encompasses IFAS faculty, scientists, educators, staff, and volunteers that work to give Florida residents the knowledge they need in their daily lives.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/510015479752452/

 


 

MAY 11th PROGRAM: GARDEN PARTY- NATIVE PLANT EXPERIENCES 

With CUPLET FERN MEMBERS!

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: 

This social event covers board member elections and our annual chapter survey. 

This is a unique program where at least 4 Cuplet Fern members (members TBA) will discuss progress, perspective, and their hands-on experiences using native plants.

A potluck-style social is being planned. Please bring an appetizer and drink to share.

Questions are encouraged. This will be an open-style discussion so we all can learn as we pursue expertise in landscaping with native plants.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/498071230738407/

 


JUNE 8th PRE-PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

Know someone or have a pre-program topic? Contact Us!

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!

Pre-program discussion: TBD

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

Further info about topic:  

Further info about organization: 

 


 

DECEMBER 14th: HOLIDAY SOCIAL

With CUPLET FERN!

(NOTE TIME OF MEETING)

Date: December 14th

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 and drink to share. Do not forget serving utensils for your food! 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:

 


 

Published on  14.12.2019