The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southwestern Sarasota County.

Chapter contact:
    Phone: 941-769-3633
    E-mail: MangroveFNPS@comcast.net



 As a local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, serving Charlotte County and the southwest portion of Sarasota County, we achieve many of our goals through public outreach education, so our meetings, field trips and special events are open to all who wish to participate. Whether year-round or seasonal residents, our members share a passion for the state’s beauty, as exemplified by Florida’s native plants and diverse habitats, as well as the wildlife these plants and habitats support.

If you attend our meetings, you will hear educational presentations by local experts on a range of topics, such as rare species, native plant communities, protection needs, state and local conservation programs, and native plant landscaping.

Come along on our field trips and get to know your local plants and their communities and how our wildlife depends on them for food, shelter, and nesting. Attend our plant sales and acquire various landscape specimens without damaging their natural environments.

Come to our annual outreach event and learn how native plants in your landscape will save on water consumption, as well as reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizer and pesticides. You will learn how to plant the right plant in the right place and it will flourish without a great deal of care. If you are a seasonal resident, you will find that native plants better survive your absence in the summer months.

When you include Florida native plants in your landscape, you celebrate the unique natural beauty of the “Real Florida”. Please join our efforts and mission to preserve, conserve and restore these native plants and their communities and help us all to bring nature closer to home.

The Grant Application can be found under the Newsletter heading.  Just hover your mouse over Newsletter, and the Grant Application option will appear.  Just click on it.

Current Month’s Activities


MEETINGS: Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from October Through May.  They are held at Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood, FL. TIME:   6:15PM--Social Time, 6:45PM--Business Meeting,  7:00PM--Speaker's Presentation

                      All meetings are free and open to the public



Ms Furner holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Miami.  She has served on the board of directors of the Lemon Bay Conservancy since 2012.  She currently chairs the LBC's Wildflower Preserve Committee   working with LBC's volunteers on implementation projects and long range preserve planning.  She is an active birder and accomplished nature photographer.


APRIL 9, 2019    PROGRAM:  THE WONDERFUL, WACKY WORLD OF LICHENS by Kate Borduas, Environmental Activist, Florida Master Naturalist, and Certified Interpretive Guide



Please bring your own placesetting and a dish to share.  You may also bring items to be included in the silent auction.


FIELD TRIPS:  All field trips begin at 9AM, unless otherwise stated.  All field trips are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

FURTHER INFORMATION:  For all field trips, call Al Squires at 941-769-3633, or email him at ahsquires1@comcast.net

MARCH 30, 2019      HICKORY LAKE SCRUB AND TIGER CREEK PRESERVE, 1658 Scenic Hwy(SR17), Frostproof

This field trip starts at 10AM instead of 9AM.  This park has many of the scrub plants we rarely see.  

DIRECTIONS:  From Englewood, take SR-776 13.3 miles to Veterans Blvd.  Continue on Veterans Blvd for 6.9 miles to Kings Hwy.  Turn left onto Kings Hwy, drive 6.4 miles to Co Rd 761, turn right onto Co Rd 761 for 3.3 miles to US-17.  Turn left onto US-17 and drive for 32.7 miles to SR-64E, turn right onto SR-64E, drive 7.2 miles, turn right to stay on SR-64E.  Stay on SR-64E to US27N/US98N, turn left onto US27N/US98N, drive 4.9 miles to SR-17N.  Drive 1.6 miles on SR-17N,  the park is on the left.


APRIL 27, 2019      ROBINSON PRESERVE, 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton

PLEASE LOOK for Plant Lists from most of our previous Field Trips under the NEWSLETTER heading.


MARCH 9, 2019    PLANT NATIVE DAY, Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood   


The theme for this 14th Annual Event is "Shade: Planting for It-Planting in It."      For further information call 941-475-0769.

Contact Us  


Mangrove Chapter, FNPS

P.O. Box 1153

Englewood, FL 34295-1153

Email:  MangroveFNPS@comcast.net 




Our Membership Meetings, which are open to the public, are held on the second Tuesday of the Month, October through May. We start with an “open door” social, serving a light refreshment from 6:15 to 6:45 PM. This is followed by a brief business meeting from 6:45 to 7:00 PM, and the Speaker Program begins at 7:00 PM (approximately 40 minutes). After the guest speaker has answered questions, a plant raffle is held, which features an assortment of native plants provided by the members. 


Please refer to the Calendar tab for a list of the season’s meetings, speaker programs, dates and times. (Our December and May meetings are membership pot luck dinners, with no speaker.  The May meeting includes our annual election of officers for the forthcoming season).


Meeting Location:  Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood, Florida 


Board Meetings: Our Board of Directors meets on the first Friday of each month, 2:30 PM, at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood, Florida. All members are welcome to attend. The Board also meets throughout the summer months.



Board of Directors/Officers


President: Lois Cantwell, birderlois@hotmail.com, 941-697-2756 

Vice President:  Al Squires, ahsquires1@comcast.net, 941-769-3633

Secretary:  Bobbi Rodgers

Treasurer:  Linda Wilson,  ljayewilson@juno.com,  941-475-7210

Chapter Representative:  Al Squires, ahsquires1@comcast.net, 941-769-3633



Committee Chairs


Publicity: Carolyn Gregsak

Newsletter: Gail Finney, migafinn@gmail.com

Website: Barb Seibel

Programs: Carolyn Gregsak

Field Trips: Al Squires, ahsquires1@comcast.net, 941-769-3633

Membership: Linda Wilson

Hospitality:  Marianne Owen

Historian: Linda Wilson

Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers

Chapter Garden: Gail Finney 


Field Trips


On the last Saturday of the month, except when preempted by special events, we gather at 9 AM at a designated location for a slow stroll along local trails to identify and observe native plants in their natural environment. These walks are open to the public so that we may use this opportunity for educating folks about the value of natives to the home landscape and the environment. Please refer to the Calendar tab for a list of the season’s field trips, dates and times. A list of “summer walks” is made available near the end of May. 


Special Events


Our Chapter focuses on three events during the fall, winter, and spring season:

   The Annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival is usually held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, at the Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte. Visit www.chnep.org or call 866-835-5785 for more information.

   Our annual “Plant Native” Day, a public outreach program, features lectures, walks and plant sales, and is held on the second Saturday in March. It is held at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood, Florida from 9 AM to 1:00 PM. Details will appear on this website as the event approaches.

   The Florida Native Plant Society Annual State Conference is held near the third week in May, rotating to different cities and co-sponsored by a local FNPS Chapter. Visit the Society website www.fnps.org for more information.




Published on  05.03.2019