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April 22, 2018 – Earth Day Celebration at Lake Lotus Park, Altamonte Springs
Despite the intermittent rain during the day, people came prepared with umbrellas to enjoy this annual outing.  In addition to the Cuplet Fern Chapter display table, we participated by helping attendees add plants into the butterfly garden, selling plants, and doing presentations.


April 20, 2018 - Earth Day Education Outreach at Lawton Elementary School in Oviedo 


April 14, 2018 – Field trip to Christmas/Savage Creek Preserve
Great day to see flowering native plants:  Sisyrinchium angustifolium (blue-eyed grass), Asimina spp. -  dog banana pawpaw,  Opuntia spp. - prickly pear cactus,  Piptochaetium avenacioides -   needle grass, Piloblephis rigida – pennyroyal, Carphephorus odoratissima – vanilla plant, Polygala setaceae – yellow thistle, and more.


March 3, 2018 - Annual Seminole County Gardening EXPO
Cuplet Fern Chapter donated for a raffle a basket holding a coontie, Florida native plant literature, garden apron & gloves. This was the best year ever for the chapter selling native plants which will fund our ECO-Camp scholarships.


December 11, 2017 – Annual Holiday Potluck – delicious food, fun quiz, music, and door prizes.



August 19, 2017 - Sampling Florida's Native Edible Plants at Oakland Nature Preserve.



June 17, 2017 - Mead Botanical Gardens and Sandhill Restoration

Beth Jackson leads the tour at Mead Gardens
           Beth Jackson leads the tour at Mead Gardens

 Siting of a barred owl
           Siting of a barred owl

And, a water moccasin
           And, a water moccasin

April 22, 2017 -  Earth Day at Lake Lotus Park hosted 3500 attendees.

April 22, 2017.  In addition to talking to attendees, Cuplet Fern gave a native plant presentation and helped some attendees plant milkweed in the butterfly garden.

April 21, 2017.  Neta and her niece, explain the important relationships between native wildlife and native plants at Lawton Elementary School Earth Day Celebration.


April 19, 2017.  Richard Poole and Jane Miller talked with students and faculty at Seminole State College Earth Day Celebration.

April 15, 2017.  Field trip attendees learned about the native plantings at Geneva Wilderness Area Nature Center from Barbara Whittier, Chapter Board Member, who shared her experience as a volunteer maintaining the native garden there.

March 2017  Attendees at Spring Hammock Preserve learning the basics of fern identification before a walk in Spring Hammock Preserve with Rick Ehle.  Rick couldn’t have made the trip any better.  Using actual ferns, photos, keys and charts, descriptions and computer, Rick  engaged and encouraged us all how to look closely in order to identify some easy and some very tricky ferns.  Weather prefect.  Great day.




October 2016 "Celebration of Natural Florida" Event in downtown Orlando.  Cuplet Fern Chapter participated in this first event sponsored by Orange County Regional History Center.  We had native plants and bird nest boxes for sale. In addition, we provided free handouts:  coloring sheets and crayons to kids and beach verbena seedlings donated to us by Green Isle Nursery.




Spring 2016 Field trip to Econ River Wilderness Area which is part of Seminole County Natural Lands.  The site is 240 acres located on the south side of Oviedo.  There is a 3 mile walk through pine Flatwoods, sand hills and leads to the meandering Econlockhatchee River.



Meritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge provides a range of habitats.  Approximately one half the Refuge's 140,000 acres consist of brackish estuaries and marshes. The remaining lands consist of coastal dunes, scrub oaks, pine forests and flatwoods, and palm and oak hammocks.  There are approximately 1000 plant species in the refuge.




Scrub Ridge
2016 Field Trip to Scrub Ridge Hiking Trail at Meritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  This 1 mile loop offers a choice habitat for a small population of the Florida Scrub Jay, a threatened species. Well-drained soil and fire-adapted, scrub habitat is dominated by evergreen oaks and rosemary.


Cherokee/Coral bean ( Erythrina herbacea)

Purple Thistle  (Cirsium horridulum)

Florida Scrub Jay on branch, a listed Threatened species.

Published on  28.04.2018