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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!

Please wear a mask!


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

 Your membership is a donation to the Florida Native Plant Society to fulfill their mission. You can current dues information, join online, or download a form to pay by mail at.





- Monthly Meeting- Nature Coast Chapter: (public invited)


October  12, 2021

7PM- Land O' Lakes Community Center

5401 US 41/Land O' Lakes Blvd.,

Land O' Lakes, Florida

Floristic Diversity of the USF Forest Preserve

Located north of Fletcher Ave, the USF Forest Preserve protects over 600 acres of imperiled sandhill and wetland ecosystems and nearly a dozen endangered or threatened plant species. More than 400 native plant species can be found within the preserve, along with an estimated 194 bird species, 31 reptile species, bobcats, otters, fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, and countless other wildlife. For decades, the Preserve has functioned as a core research facility and natural classroom for many departments in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. This property also serves as a critical link in a wildlife corridor that joins the Cypress Creek floodplain to the Green Swamp. This hike will take us through half of the last remaining sandhill habitat in Hillsborough County, as well as through seepage slope habitat, wet flatwoods, hydric hammocks, and to the edge of a cypress floodplain.

Jeannie Mounger is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Integrative Biology department at the University of South Florida where she studies genomics of coastal and invasive plant species. She has taught courses in Field Botany, Biodiversity, and Ecology. She is also an 8th-generation Floridian with a passion for Florida's native flora. Recently, she co-founded the grassroots initiative Save USF Forest Preserve, which is seeking to prevent the destruction of the preserve. You can learn more about this initiative by visiting







FNPS License Plate

Show your support for FNPS by buying a refundable voucher for our license plate! We need 3000 pre orders for this license plate in order for it to be produced. If we do not reach 3000 orders, the plate will not be made. For every order of a plate, the FNPS will receive $25 dollars, and the FNPS will receive $25 dollars for every plate renewal. Preorder a license plate to show your support for our native Florida landscape!



Show your support for FNPS by buying a voucher for our license plate.

The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Your financial support helps fund:

Support for conservation land acquisition

Participation in land management that enhances habitat suitability for native plants, wildlife, and benefitial insects.

Education about our native species and landscapes

Public policies that protect our native flora, especially rare species

Supporting legislation to protect our natural lands and native plants.

Research on native plant species

Encouragement of local landscaping practices and policies that preserve Florida's native plant heritage

Information about native plants and native plant communities, and how we can help protect our natural resources and wildlife in urban environments.

FNPS is a member-driven non-profit organization.  We rely upon our members and other generous donors.

You can pre-order your license plate voucher in one of two ways:

Contact your local tax collector’s office or click on the link for the FNPS (on the upper right of this page) for a link to submit a form that is available on the FNPS website.




Click the "Trips,Events and Meetings" tab for additional  events and presentations