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!


 

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/

 


 

POSTPONED: MARCH 14th EVENT OUTREACH: WILD PLANTS ON THE "WILD AND SCENIC" WEKIVA RIVER

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL 

Background photo of false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) courtesy of Mary Keim

 

Event timeframe: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IT IS NOT OCCURING ON MARCH 14TH

Neta's Presentation Time: 11:00am 

Point of Contact: Wekiva River Partnership

Location:  Wilson's Landing Park   379 Malekean Trail, Sanford, FL 32711

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Entrance Fee: None   

Details: 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IT IS NOT OCCURING ON MARCH 14TH

Please join past president and presenter, Neta Villalobos-Bell, as she presents on common plants found along the Wekiva river! 

The Wekiva River Ambassador, SERV and the Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve have teamed up to create this unique event designed to connect local organizations with community members who would love to volunteer but don’t know how. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities exist - in, on, around and for the river. 

Ashley will be having enviroscape training sessions/demos throughout the day at her table and she plans to have a Florida Springs Institute volunteer demonstrating water quality meters in the river as well.

Further Info on Venue:   https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/301558-Wilsons-Landing.stml

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2544538132321223/

 


 

CANCELLED: MARCH 21st FIELD TRIP: CRYSTAL LAKE PRESERVE

With Neta Villalobos-Bell

This field trip has been cancelled out of need to avert the spread of COVID-19 via social groups

Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Timucuan Golf & Country Club

This field trip has been cancelled out of need to avert the spread of COVID-19 via social groups

 


 

CANCELLED: MARCH 28th EVENT OUTREACH: SPRING LANDSCAPING WITH COLORFUL NATIVE WILDFLOWERS

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL 

Background photo of false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) courtesy of Mary Keim

CANCELED: This event has been canceled by the Sanford Library

Neta's Presentation Time: 10am  

Point of Contact: Sanford Library

Location:  Seminole Sanford Library   150 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Entrance Fee: None

Details: 

CANCELED: This event has been canceled by the Sanford Library

The best bloom time for Florida native wildflowers is spring and fall. Learn which plants to plant when, how, and where in order to maximize the burst of color, texture, and pollinators in your yard.

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/seminole-county-library/index.stml/

 


 

CANCELLED: APRIL 4th EVENT OUTREACH: EXPLORE OUTDOORS WITH CITY OF WINTER SPRINGS

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL 

Background photo of false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) courtesy of Mary Keim

CANCELED: This event has been canceled by City of Winter Springs. 

Event timeframe: 12pm - 5pm

Neta's Presentation Time: TBD

Topic: Trees That Talk? Really! Find Out. The latest scientific studies confirm what has long been suspected from close observation. Trees are far more alert, social, sophisticated- and even intelligent- than we thought.

Point of Contact: City of Winter Springs

Location:  Winter Springs Town Center   150 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs, FL 32708 (location is very close to this address)

Parking:  Parking lot on property (carpooling recommended with additional space for tree giveway)

Entrance Fee: None   

Details: 

CANCELED: This event has been canceled by City of Winter Springs.

Please join Neta at the Education Tent where the purpose of the scheduled presenters is to educate Winter Springs citizens on how to take care of their yard and trees before they receive a FREE Tree as part of the Explore Outdoors event.

Further Info on Venue:   https://www.winterspringsfl.org/parksrec/page/explore-outdoors

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/185053882694428/

 


 

 CANCELLATION PENDING: APRIL 4th EVENT OUTREACH: NATIVE LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP

With JENNIFER HOPTON-VILLALOBOS 

This is a closed event. It is only available to members of the Lake Helen Community.

Graphic courtesy of Lake Helen Committee

This is a closed event. It is only available to members of the Lake Helen Community.

Event timeframe: 1pm - 4pm

Point of Contact: Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos

Location:  Hopkins Hall 150 Connecticut Ave, Lake Helen, FL 32744 

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Details: 

Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos, chapter member, will be leading discussion on ongoing restoration efforts for the Lake Helen shoreline and how native plants can be synergistically used for gardening and enhancing local biodiversity. Jennifer grew up around Lake Helen and this special neighborhood project has added meaning for her.

Event hosted by the Lake Helen Committee & Lake Helen Garden Club

 


 

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

With TINA McINTYRE

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

CANCELLED: This event has been canceled by Seminole IFAS

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: 

CANCELLED: This event has been canceled by Seminole IFAS

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/

 


 

POSTPONED: April 18th FIELD TRIP: Private tour of The Natives Nursery

With Nancy Bissett

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

Photo Courtesy of The Natives Nursery- showing successful propagation of lakeside sunflower (Helianthus carnosus), an endangered plant in natural areas.

Arrival Time: 9am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

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

Location:  The Natives Nursery     2929 J B Carter Rd #9580, Davenport FL, 33837

Parking and where to meet: Parking lot in front of nursery. Ample parking. There are restrooms at the nursery that will be available before the tour begins.

Carpooling:  Mark, Jennifer, Rory, and Christine are carpooling interested attendees (limited space available per vehicle)

Mark: Carpooling from a Publix parking lot located at 2015 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804  Timeframe to meet is between 7:30-8:00am. Email Mark here if you'd like to carpool with him.

Rory: Carpooling from a Publix parking lot located at 1455 State Road 436, Casselberry, FL 32707  Timeframe to meet is between 7:15-7:30am. Email Rory here if you'd like to carpool with him.

Jennifer: Carpooling from Debary SunRail parking lot 630 South Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary, FL 32713  Timeframe to meet is between 7:00-7:15am. Email Jennifer here if you'd like to carpool with her.

Christine: Carpooling from Edward Jones parking lot at 3316 E State Road 436, Apopka, FL 32703  Timeframe to meet is between 7:30a-7:45am. Email Christine here if you'd like to carpool with her.

Entrance Fee: None. Carpooling is recommend for commuters from Seminole county. The nursery can be a bit of a drive for some, but it is well worth it. FNPS members may report volunteer hours. 

Details: 

Please join us for a private tour of The Natives nursery- owned by Bill and Nancy Bissett, longstanding supporters and growers of Florida native plants. Sarah Kiefer, nursery manager, will also be on hand that day. The Natives nursery is a multidisciplinary firm offering a wide range of services that include consulting, restoration design, restoration implementation, custom designed native seed mixes, and a wholesale nursery growing only Florida native plants. Established in 1982, the business has pioneered upland restoration work in scrub, sandhill, and flatwoods systems. They have also devoted many years to research and experimentation to develop effective methods for propagating and growing native species, including many rare and endangered species. Osceola county's master gardeners may also join us for this wonderful opportunity to tour a commercial nursery. 

Please bring a bagged snack. The team at the nursery will show us around through various areas and enlighten us on large-scale plant production, seed harvesting techniques, and large-scale restoration projects.

Attendees are welcome to purchase plants at the nursery. 

Further Info:   

http://www.thenatives.net/home.html

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2477769472510753/

 


 

 CANCELLED: APRIL 19th EVENT OUTREACH: CUPLET FERN AT EARTH DAY AT LAKE LOTUS PARK

With CITY OF ALTAMONTE 

Background photo of false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) courtesy of Mary Keim

This event has been cancelled by the City of Altamonte. It is not happening this year.

Event timeframe: 10am  -  2 pm

Neta's Presentation Time: 12:30pm

Point of Contact: City of Altamonte Springs 

Location:  Lake Lotus Park   1153 Lake Lotus Park Road, Altamonte Springs, 32714

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Entrance Fee: None   

Details: 

This event has been cancelled by the City of Altamonte. It is not happening this year.

Come see Cuplet Fern Chapter at the Annual Earth Day celebration at Lake Lotus Park where we will be giving away educational material pertaining to native plants.

Neta Villalobos-Bell will be one of the presenters at the event. She will be discussing native pollinators!

Mark Kateli will be giving a short beginner's presentation on 5 benefits of Florida native plants.

Andrew Boyle, independent researcher, will be doing a bird banding demonstration.

We'll also be doing a community gardening activity by installing some new native plants at the park 

Further Info on Venue:   http://altamonte.org/earthday

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/461494794547310/

 


 

POSTPONED: MAY 14th-17th FNPS CONFERENCE: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

IN JACKSONVILLE 

 

Point of Contact: FNPS State (go to https://fnps.org/conference )

Location:  Adam Herbert Center- University of North Florida   12000 Alumni Drive

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Entrance Fee: Varies https://fnps.org/conference   

Some Details: 

Field trips on Thursday and Sunday. Featured speakers include Dr. Emily Brin Roberson and Dr. Craig Heugel. Plant sale is planned featuring 5 or more nurseries. Lodging is at Embassy Suites by Hilton Jacksonville Baymeadows. Cuplet Fern members are highly encouraged to attend!

For updates and complete information:   https://fnps.org/conference

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/376256453041496/

 


 

MAY 21st EVENT OUTREACH: INTRODUCING FL NATIVE PLANTS

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL 

Background photo of false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) courtesy of Mary Keim

 

Neta's Presentation Time: 10:00am 

Point of Contact: Seminole West Branch Library

Location:  Seminole Library- West Branch   245 North Hunt Club Blvd. Longwood, 32779

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Entrance Fee: None   

Details: 

Please join past president and presenter, Neta Villalobos-Bell, as she presents on an introducation to Florida native plants.

If you're not familiar with and are curious about what a Florida native plant is, what it looks like, why they're important, and how people use them in their yard, this presentation is for you. Interactive and live specimens have been planned.

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/seminole-county-library/

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2474771362736810/

 


 

June 8th 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: 

 


 

DATE TBD

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.

 


 

DATE TBD

INVASIVE PLANT REMOVALS AT SPRING HAMMOCK

With Seminole Natural Lands Program

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE SO WE KNOW YOU'RE COMING!

The "Burrito Method" Photo Courtesy of Mark Kateli

Timeframe: 8:45am - 11am

Point of Contact: Jena Pell and Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING!

Location:  Spring Hammock Preserve   2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, FL 32750

Parking: Parking lot adjacent to environmental center building (to the right after the main entrance)

Entrance Fee: None. Members report volunteer hours.  

Details:

Water, tarp, and garbage bags provided! Please bring your own shovel and gardening gloves. If you do not have a shovel, you can focus on bagging cesarweed, #urenalobata. It's called the "burrito method" Come check it out.

Your point of contact is Jena Pell from Seminole Natural Lands- please sign-off on her waiver before beginning work ‍

Along with Jena, Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos, our invasive plant removal coordinator, will be happy to give you initial pointers on how to effectively extract and bag these invasive plants while minimizing seed dispersal. Please wear shirts/tops made of polyester. Jeans are good too. Seeds readily stick on any cotton fabric.

Don't forget a bagged snack and mosquito repellant. We are still taking advantage of the cooler weather and making a huge dent in caesarweed around the environmental center.

Further Info on Venue: https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Spring-Hammock-Preserve.stml

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/175451203878765/

 


 

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  24.03.2020