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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 

Meetings are currently online only



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

 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)

ONLINE MEETING-Tuesday, March, 7PM

Zoom Meeting-

If you would like to join our Zoom meeting, please email this link:


March Field Trip and picnic lunch:

Location: Aripeka Sandhills Preserve

Date and Time: Sunday, March 15, 2021 9:30 am

18000 Aripeka Road, Hudson, FL 34667

Meet in the parking lot


Wear a mask, good hiking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen and water.  Bring a lunch if you want to join us for a picnic at Julie and Richard’s after the hike.

Field Trip Leaders: Julie Wert and Richard Stauffer

Aripeka Sandhills is a Pasco County Preserve and was acquired as part of the 7,136 acre Weeki Wachee Preserve managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.  The Weeki Wachee Preserve is part of a regional system of conservation lands that extends up to Crystal River Buffer Preserve, preserving the southernmost coastal hardwood hammock in western Florida.  As a part of this large preserve, Aripeka Sandhills preserves important habitat communities such as dense hardwood swamps and pine covered Sandhills.  The preserve has 1.6 miles of hiking trails. 

Julie and Richard will lead us up the Sandhills and then closer to visit the scrub and then a bog which is a former limerock mine.

After our hike everyone is invited to follow Julie and Richard back to their home which is close-by for a picnic lunch outside.  Table, chairs and cooler with ice will be provided but bring your own lunch and drink. 

If anyone would like to skip the hike and join us for lunch please contact Julie at or 727 808-4339 for directions.


Florida Native Plant Society has Lunch and Learn webinars on Fridays at noon. Become a member of the FNPS to view these informative programs.






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