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)

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!

 


 

AUGUST 12th MAIN 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 is a unique program where at least 4 Cuplet Fern members (Neta Villalobos-Bell, Barbara Whittier, Joey Myers, and Mark Kateli) 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/2048289338552591/

 


 

AUG 17th FIELD TRIP: ALEXANDER SPRINGS 

With CUPLET FERN and LAKE BEAUTYBERRY CHAPTERS

This field trip is filled and at capacity!Members that RSVP'd will receive an email 48 hours prior to the event with details. 

 


 

SEPTEMBER 9th MAIN PROGRAM: FLORIDA BLACK BEAR: dispelling common fears and how to peacefully coexist with our iconic animals

With Imagine Our Florida

Original photo courtesy of Imagine Our Florida

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 Dan and Nancy Kon from Imagine Our Florida- a non-profit organization focused on science-based education to teach people of all ages how to connect, respect, and coexist with Florida wildlife and within our shared ecosystems.  At this meeting, they will be discussing the Florida Black Bear, dispelling common fears, and showing folks how to peacefully coexist with these iconic animals.

They will also be bringing their ambassador, Slow Mama, a waif gopher tortoise! Dan and Nancy are renowned photographers in our region that dedicate their free time to spotlighting many of our beautiful plants and animals with interesting (and usually unheard of) facts and trivia that really get our community involved. Imagine Our Florida participates in many outreach events throughout our area and state, is business partners with PSI at Seminole County Schools and Orlando Science Center, and has a vibrant social media presence. 

A hands-on display that attendees can interact with is also being planned.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2547009421997439/

 


 

SEPT 14th FIELD TRIP: RARE PLANT COUNT IN SULPHUR SRPINGS

With RALPH RISCH

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

Original photo courtesy of Ralph Risch

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Ralph Risch

Location:  Sulphur Springs      36415 Cassia Church Rd, Cassia, FL, 32736     This is the closest address. The rendezvous is 200 yards from there. 

Parking:  North Parking Lot- Cassia Trailhead      (off of Brantley Branch Road in Cassia, 400 feet from the road’s junction with SR44)

Entrance Fee: None if you are on the RSVP list.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please join Florida Forestry Service's Ralph Risch as we trek through Sulphur Run in search of a rare plant. Details of this rare plant will be given upon an RSVP. 

The target plant is quite easy to spot once you’ve seen one. As this is a seepage slope area, it will be wet, lots of mud. People should wear rubber boots, or shoes that they don’t mind getting soaked and muddy, and that won’t get sucked off by the muck.

Ralph will provide any tally sheets needed, though he has not yet decided if we are just doing a count only or if we’ll be collecting other data. There are a number of good places to break for lunch which we will do so after this exciting and interesting field trip.

There is another undisclosed plant that has not yet been vouchered for Lake County- finding it along Sulphur Run would be a real treat! Folks doing the count will be familiarized with the look of both plants so if they spot one, we can document it.

Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity! Wear boots that can get wet or won't get sucked off by the muck!

Further Info:   https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34209-d12028678-Reviews-Cassia_Trailhead-Eustis_Lake_County_Florida.html

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/567806503721866/

 


 

OCT 1st MAIN PROGRAM: PLANT COMMUNICATION- How plants and light interact with one another

With DR. CRAIG HUEGEL

(Note location of Meeting)

Original photo courtesy of Craig Huegel

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Harry P. Leu Gardens     1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Type of Event: Regional event kicking-off October Native Plant month across the state. Dr. Huegel's presentation is the main part of it.

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building  (plenty of parking availability but carpooling encouraged due to large attendance)

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: Plants feed on sunlight. For more than a billion years, the relationship between the sun and photosynthetic orqanisms has been evolving and this relationship has become a very intricate. Though the miracle of photosynthesis is the first part of this relationship and the one most of us recognize, it is much deeper than this. Sunlight drives most every aspect of a plant's life history. In this lecture, Dr. Huegel will explore the many-faceted relationship plants have with sunlight.

Dr. Huegel is an ecologist/educator with extensive training and experience in wildlife and plant ecology, natural lands management, upland and wetland restoration, and the impacts of urbanization on natural systems. His career also has been focused on environmental education and nature interpretation. After graduation from Iowa State University, he founded the Wildlife Cooperative Extension program at the University of Kentucky and then co-founded the Urban Wildlife Cooperative Extension Program at the University of Florida. Dr. Huegel served as the Administrator of Pinellas County’s Environmental Lands Program for 12 years, has worked as an environmental consultant and now focuses his time as an Adjunct Professor at St Petersburg College and the University of Tampa, teaching in the Biology Departments.

Dr. Huegel has written six books for the public on native plants and wildlife, lectures to groups throughout Florida, operates a small wildflower nursery, Hawthorn Hill, from his home in Pasco County, and writes several popular blogs dedicated to Florida native plants.

Further Info on Venue:   https://www.leugardens.org

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1260887614062891/

 


 

OCT 13th EVENT: WILDLIFE AND NATURE FAIR

With NATURAL SWEETWATER OAKS COMMITTEE

(Note New Location and Timeframe for 2019)

Above flyer from 2018. 2019 Flyer TBA.

Timeframe:  1pm-4pm (tentative)

Workshop Times (3 different workshops): TBA

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli, Barbara Whittier, and Teri Grimes

Location:  Riverbend Park (Tentative)   830 Cove Park Pl, Wekiva Springs, FL 32779

Parking:  TBD   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please come out and support Cuplet Fern along with Seminole County's premier, model community that sets the example on embracing natural Florida and our environment- the Natural Sweetwater Oaks Committee.

Several vendors will be present along with Cuplet Fern chapter, who will be offering a set of workshops that will discuss native plants, their propagation, and their interaction with various animals. This will be a perfect outing for anyone who is begining their gardening journey with native plants. If you love our message, we will be selling a small selection of our plants from our workshop as well as memberships.

Further Info:   TBA

Further Info on Facebook: TBA

 


 

NOVEMBER 4th 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: 

 


 

NOVEMBER 4th MAIN PROGRAM: Reducing Impacts of Stormwater Runoff with Florida native plants

With Dr. Jennifer Mitchell

(Note date of meeting)

Photo courtesy of Waterwise and St Johns Water Management District

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 Dr. Jennifer Mitchell from St Johns Water Management District and learn about how stormwater moves and how you can reduce your impact on water quality. Native wetland plants have an important role to play in providing nutrient reduction.

Jennifer Mitchell is Public Communications Coordinator with the St. Johns River Water Management District. She 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. After earning her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Auburn University, she completed a post-doc at the University of Florida in Soil and Water Science. Because she realizes that greater results will come from more community participation, she now works to spread the message of how individuals can reduce their impact on our waterways.

Established in 1972, the St Johns River Water Management District is an environmental regulatory agency of the state. In this presentation, learn what the district does to accomplish its four missions of providing water quality, water supply, flood protection, and maintaining natural systems.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/345912756321513/

 


NOV 16th FIELD TRIP: TBD

With Dr. Jennifer Mitchell

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 Dr. Jennifer Mitchell from St Johns Water Management District and her team at the Econolatchee Sandhills Conservation Area where they will discuss native plant ecology and the Econolatchee river's hydrology.

Jennifer Mitchell is a Public Communications Coordinator with the St. Johns River Water Management District. She 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. 

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.

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/

 


 

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/

 


 

DECEMBER 9th: HOLIDAY SOCIAL

With CUPLET FERN!

(NOTE TIME OF MEETING)

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 eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program!

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2276067892717584/

 


Published on  18.08.2019