Nature Coast Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society

Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Land O' Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, FL 34639

Our meetings are open to the public. Please come join our monthly meetings at 7PM at Heritage Park. Experienced presenters speak on a variety of subjects, from wildlife and their habitats, gardening with native plants, and everything in between!

 

Become a member of the Nature Coast Chapter and learn what the environment is meant to be and help keep it that way!

Benefits of membership:

  • The Palmetto, our quarterly magazine, that is filled with information on native plants, gardening, conservation of native habitats, etc.
  • Sabal Minor, our bi-monthly newsletter that will keep you up to date on the FNPS news and activities
  • Chapter newsletter and emails about upcoming events
  • Native plant gardening and landscaping information
  • Special invitations to participate in Society projects and events
  • Invitations to complimentary field trips and presentations
  • Plant sale discounts
  • Opportunity to volunteer on local environmental and landscape projects

        MEMBERSHIP FEES:
                              Individual $35
                              Household $50
                              Supporting $100
                              Business $150
                              Patron $250
                              Gold $500
                              Lifetime $1000

 Your membership is a donation to the Florida Native Plant Society to fulfill their mission. You can join at a meeting, on line or by mail. Check the membership section for a downloadable membership form

     

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*UPCOMING NATURE COAST PROGRAMS AND EVENTS*

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Nature Coast Chapter Monthly Meeting- January:

When: January 14, 2020  7PM

Where: Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL

Speaker: Nash Turley

Title/Topic: Lawn to Wildflowers: Creating Pollinator Friendly Wildflower Habitat

Lawn to Wildflowers is a citizen science project focused on converting lawns to pollinator-friendly wildflower habitat and engaging the public in collecting data on plants pollinators. Nash Turley, and other researchers at UCF, are developing a mobile app that will educate users on pollinator natural history and lawn restoration techniques as well as making it easy to purchase native plants and seeds.

Speaker Bio:

Nash Turley is a plant and insect ecologist, the co-founder of Lawn to Wildflowers and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biology Department at University of Central Florida. Nash's background in biology is broad having conducted research on plant-insect interactions, evolutionary biology, and restoration ecology of prairies and longleaf pine savannas. Now Nash's work with Lawn to Wildflowers focuses on working with the public to convert lawns to pollinator friendly habitat.  

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Nature Coast Chapter Monthly Meeting- February:

When: February 11, 2020  7PM

Where: Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL

Speaker: Dennis Beeker

Title/Topic: Common Non-venomous and Venomous Snakes of the Tampa Bay Area

This presentation will introduce us to the non-venomous and venomous snakes of our area. We will learn how to tell them apart, what non-venomous snakes mimic venomous snakes and the most common non-venomous snakes we might encounter in a park or yard.  Dennis will discuss the different venom toxin affects and the do’s and don’ts of snake bites. He will also have a few live non-venomous snakes common to our area to show us.

Speaker Bio:

Dennis lives in Pinellas County and has a Reptile collection of 13 non-venomous snakes, one lizard, 2 turtles and a large African tortoise. He rescues and relocates native reptiles and tries to find forever homes for any non-native or permanently injured reptiles. 

He is the Vice President of the Suncoast Herpetological Society and a member of the Tampa Bay Turtle and Tortoise Society.  Dennis is also a board member of the Friends of Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater, takes care of the park reptiles and gives talks to park visitors to educate them about reptiles.

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Check the "Trips and Events" section for details on future events and presentations