The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southeastern Sarasota County.
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.
Current Month’s Activities
MEETINGS: 6:15PM--Social Time, 6:45PM--Business Meeting, 7:00PM--Speaker's Presentation
All meetings are free and open to the publi
APRIL 11, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, TOPIC: "Curb Appeal Goes Native" by Tom Becker, University of Florida/IFAS Extension-Charlotte Co.
You will learn about some of the best natives for both sun and shade, good examples of wildflowers, butterfly plants, shrubs, and trees that will compliment your yard without offending your neighbors. To learn more about Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, visit http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu.
MAY 9, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, 6:00PM, Annual Meeting and Election of Officers, and Potluck & Silent Auction. This last meeting of the year serves as a farewell to our snowbird members as well as the election of officers for the upcoming year. Please bring a covered dish to share, and your own place setting. You may also bring items to share at our 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 email@example.com
MARCH 25, 2017, MYAKKA STATE FOREST, 2000 S River Rd, Englewood, FL 34223
Myakka River State Forest was purchased in 1995 as part of the Myakka Estuary Conservation and RecreationLands(CARL) project. The majority of the forest us within the city limits of North Port. The forest consists, primarily, of mesic flatwoods with a mixtureof longleaf and slash pine, a palmetto understory, and numerous depression marshes.
DIRECTIONS: Drive on River Rd until the main entrance is reached, just beyond the Winchester Blvd light. The entrance is on the right. There is a $2.00 entrance fee.
APRIL 29, 2017, SHAMROCK PARK, 3900 Shamrock Dr, Venice, FL 34293
Shamrock Park is a Sarasota Co park located on the Intracoastal in Venice. The park has a 1.2 mile paved trail that winds around the park, and a butterfly garden. This park is especially noted for its scrub jays, which can be seen frolicking around the park.
DIRECTIONS: Take SR 776 approximately 13 miles to US 41. Turn left(north) onto US-41n and drive to Shamrock Dr. Turn left onto Shamrock Dr and continue to drive until the park entrance is reached. The entrance is on the right.
MAY 27, 2017, DON PEDRO STATE PARK-LANDSIDE, 8450 Placida Rd, Placida, FL 33946
The landside portion of Don Pedro Is SP consists of 100 acres of mesic flatwoods and a marine tidal swamp. The park offers a fishing dock, kayak launch, a picnic shelter, and nature trails.
DIRECTIONS: From Englewood, take Placida Rd south to approximately 1 mile past Leverock's Restaurant. The park is on the right. The entrance fee is $3.00.
JUNE 24, 2017, BABCOCK-WEBB WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, Exit 158/I-75, Tucker's Grade Rd.
Babcock-Webb WMA is one of the largest expanses of hydric pine flatwoods remaining in Florida, and is habitat to several listed species of plants and animals.
DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 158/I-75 (Tucker's Grade Rd), turn east and drive approximately 1/4 mile to the entrance. There is a $3 entrance fee, $6 per carload, but people over 65 get in free.
JULY 29, 2017, CEDAR POINT ENVIRONMENTAL PARK, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood
We will be walking the Big Pine Trail, an under-used and underappreciated trail. Expect to see a large variety of plants as well as water birds.
AUGUST 26, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood
The walk at this very familiar park will be mostly in the shade.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, HATHAWAY PARK, 35461 Washington Loop Rd, Punta Gorda
This is our annual summer walk along the water, with abundant shade. One of the plants we should be seeing is Pond Apple.
PLEASE LOOK for Plant Lists from some of our previous Field Trips under the NEWSLETTER heading.
MAY 17-21, 2017, ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE of FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY, Visit www.fnps.org, or call 321-271-6702 for further information.
Mangrove Chapter, FNPS
P.O. Box 1153
Englewood, FL 34295-1153
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-697-2756
Immediate Past-President: Al Squires, email@example.com, 941-769-3633
Vice President: David Delgado, firstname.lastname@example.org, 863-558-5058
Secretary: Marianne Owen, email@example.com, 941-474-1118
Asst Secretary: Bobbi Rodgers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-0769
Treasurer: Linda Wilson, email@example.com, 941-475-7210
Chapter Representative: Al Squires, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-769-3633
Publicity: Carolyn Gregsak, email@example.com, 603-924-8689
Newsletter: Jim Thomson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-830-0737
Website: Barb Seibel, email@example.com, 941-475-0364
Programs: Carolyn Gregsak, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-924-8689
Field Trips: Denny Girard, email@example.com, 941-474-1492
Membership: Linda Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-7210
Hospitality: Denny Girard, email@example.com, 941-474-1492
Historian: Linda Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-7210
Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers, email@example.com, 941-475-0769
Chapter Garden: Gail Finney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 913-424-3027
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.
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.