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!

 


 

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

With SEMINOLE STATE FOREST 

THIS FIELD TRIP IS FILLED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT RSVP'D AS REQUESTED!

Original photo courtesy of Ralph Risch

THIS FIELD TRIP IS FILLED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT RSVP'D AS REQUESTED!

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli 

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. 

 


 

OCT 1st Micro-Conference: Private Tour of Leu Gardens and 4 unique presentations celebrating Florida's environment

11am - 4pm At Leu Gardens

Tickets required- purchase them here

 

Arrival Time: 10:45am 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

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

Type of Event: A micro-conference for nature lovers that enjoy a small intimate-styled immersive learning experience. Attendees for the large evening event can make a 'complete day' experience with this event and also skip rush hour traffic.

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building  (plenty of parking availability but carpooling is always encouraged)

Entrance fee into the Venue: None   However, a ticket purchase for the micro-conference is needed. The short tour of Leu Gardens given by Dr. Bowden has been graciously comp'd for micro-confernence attendees.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microconference-celebrating-floridas-environment-tickets-64283978109

Program discussions: 4 esteemed presenters are speaking on special topics pertaining to tree care, water conservation, native orchids, and organic plant compounds. You can read more about them here: http://cupletfern.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=micro-conference&lang=en

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/480908819416212/

 


 

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: 6:30pm 

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 6th FIELD TRIP: LAKE HARNEY WILDERNESS AREA

With PATTI SMITH

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

Field Trip Photo Courtesy of Florida Hikes

Arrival Time: 8:45am

Point of Contact: Patti Smith and Mark Kateli

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

Location:  Lake Harney Wilderness Area: 12187 Osceola Fish Camp Rd, Geneva, FL 32732 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: 

It's October Florida Native Plant Month! Please join Patti Smith from Seminole County Natural Lands at the Lake Harney Wilderness Area where she will discuss native plants and the property's overall ecosystem. This field trip is known for it's expansive scenery!

Patti Smith is an University of Central Florida trained biologist and a volunteer with the Seminole County Natural Lands Program. We will learn about a variety of habitats such as riverine swamp, hardwood hammock, wet prairie, Lake Harney, St. Johns River, and floodplain marsh. This tour is organized through the Seminole County Natural Lands Program in observance of October Florida Native Plant Month. 

The Lake Harney Wilderness Area (LHWA) is an approximately 300-acre property that is located along the St. Johns River at the northwest shore of Lake Harney. This site is home to an historic crossing of the Florida East Coast Railway, Native American shell middens, several bald eagle nests, oak hammocks and mixed hardwood swamps. This site also contains extensive floodplain marshes associated with Lake Harney which serve as important feeding grounds for wading birds and as a natural filter improving water quality. There is also an observation deck that provides scenic views of the Lake Harney floodplain. 

Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch if you want to picnic at the pavilion after the hike, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Wear hiking or walking closed toed shoes. Don't forget to bring ample curiosity!

Further Info:   

http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Lake-Harney-Wilderness-Area.stml

http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/core/fileparse.php/34/urlt/LHWA-Trail-Guide-NEW-BW.pdf

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218980071613471/

 


 

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: 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/

 


 

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

 


 

JANUARY 13th 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: 

 


 

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: Nihal Hafez

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/

 


 

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/

 


 

Published on  16.09.2019