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The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southwestern Sarasota County.

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

Welcome

 

 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 publiic.

 

OCTOBER 9, 2018   OPEN FORUM:  QUESTIONS, ANSWERS, and DISCUSSION

          A five person panel will take questions and discuss the glories and pitfalls of native plant gardening in SWFL.

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2018   TOPIC:   TRAVELING THROUGH TIME WITH TREES by Sharon Whitehill, retired Professor of English at Grand Valley State University, Michigan.  Author and poet

 

DECEMBER 11, 2018   HOLIDAY POTLUCK and SILENT AUCTION

          Potluck starts at 6PM.   Please bring a dish to share, and your own placesetting.  Items for the auction are also welcome.

          

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

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018,  HATHAWAY PARK, 35461 Wahington Loop Rd, Punta Gorda

Hathaway Park is a Charlotte Co property located between Washinton Loop Rd and Shell Creek.  While this park has a boat ramp, it also has trails that run along Shell Creek.  These trails offer an abundance of wild flowers to enjoy, and are, in part, shaded.  We always look for Pond Apples here.

DIRECTIONS:  From Englewood, drive on SR 776 approximately 15 miles, turn right onto US 41.  Continue on US 41 across the bridge into Punta Gorda.  Turn left onto W Olympia(US 17) and drive approximately 8 miles to Washington Loop Rd.  Turn right and drive approximately 1.2  miles to the park.  The entrance is on the left.

OCTOBER 27, 2018,  DEER PRAIRIE CREEK PRESERVE, NORTH, 7001 Forbes Trail, Venice

          This park is located on the eastern side of the Myakka River and was acquired to protect the floodplain of this river.The dominant natural communities are pine flatwoods, mixed hardwood and pine, and wetland hardwoods.  There are several miles of trails, of which some are flloded in the rainy season.

DIRECTIONS:  From Jacaranda Boulevard in Venice:  Take Jacaranda Blvd north past I-75(Exit 193) to Border Rd.  Drive east on Border RD to South Moon Dr, go south on South Moon Dr to Forbes Tr, go east on Forbes Tr.  The road dead ends at the parking lot for the preserve.

NOVEMBER 24, 2018,  ALLIGATOR CREEK at CHEC, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda

          There are 4 miles of trails passing through several diferent habitats:  Pine flatwoods, hammocks, salt marsh, mangrove fringe, and fresh water ponds.

DIRECTIONS:  From Punta Gorda, take US 41 south to Burnt Store Rd.  Turn right onto Burnt Store Rd, travel approximately 1.7 miles, Alligator Creek entrance is on the right.

 

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

 

 

Contact Us

 

Mangrove Chapter, FNPS

P.O. Box 1153

Englewood, FL 34295-1153

Email:  MangroveFNPS@comcast.net 

About 

Meetings

 

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  10.09.2018