The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southeastern Sarasota County.

Chapter contact:
    Phone: 941-769-3633
    E-mail: fnpsmangrovechapter@yahoo.com




 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






 JULY 26,2014, 9:00AM, ANN DEVER/OYSTER CREEK REGIONAL PARK, 6791 San Casa Dr, Englewood, FL 34224


Ann Dever/Oyster Creek Regional Park is a Charlotte County park, and has two entrances with parking lots.  One is off of San Casa Dr. and the other is off of Placida Rd.  For this walk, we will be using the San Casa Dr entrance.

The land of this park consists of pine flatwoods intermixede with scrub habitat.  Along Oyster Creek you'll find mangrove fringe teeming with birds and fish.  Gopher tortoises are quite common, along with Red-bellied and Piliated Woodpeckers, Osprey, and even warblers.  Among the plants to be seen are Rusty and Shiny Lyonias, Muscadine Grape, Beautyberry, Coontie, and Corky-stemmed Passionflower. 


For further information:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.


AUGUST 30, 2014, 9:00AM, LEMON BAY PARK AND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, 570 Bay Park Blvd,Englewood, FL 34223


Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center is a 210 acre Sarasota Co. park with 1.7 miles of Lemon Bay shoreline.  It consists of mostly a black mangrove forest, and pine and scrubby flatwoods.  There is also a butterfly garden on site.  It is likely gopher tortoises, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and various waterbirds will be seen.  Among the plants likely to be seen are Primroseleaf Violet, Racemed Milkwort, Red, Black, and White Mangroves, and Buttonwood.


For further information: Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.


SEPTEMBER 27,2014, 9:00AM, MANASOTA SCRUB PRESERVE-WEST, 2695 Bridge St, Englewood, FL 34223


Manasota Scrub Preserve is a 154 acre Sarasota Co. park consisting of upland and wetland communities.  Gopher Tortoises,Northern Bobwhites, and Great-horned Owls have been seen at this site.  Plants present are Goldenaster, Blazing Star, Dahoon Holly, and Hairy Jointweed.  This property may be wet in spots, so bring appropriate footwear.  Water, sunscreen, and insect repellent areoptional, but recommended.


DIRECTIONS:  From the north, turn onto Englewood Rd(SR 776) to Manasota Beach Rd, turn Rt 0.1 miles, Turn

                          left onto Bridge St, go past the main parking lot on the left, and stop at the walk-through on the

                          right.  This is the entrance to the west side of the park.


For further information:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.







Contact Us


Mangrove Chapter, FNPS

P.O. Box 1153

Englewood, FL 34295-1153

Email: fnpsmangrovechapter@yahoo.com 






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: Al Squires, ahsquires@embarqmail.com, 941-769-3633

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

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

Treasurer:  Bobbi Rodgers, rodgersbobbi2@comcast.net, 941-475-0769

Chapter Representative:  Al Squires, ahsquires@embarqmail.com, 941-769-3633



Committee Chairs


Publicity: Micki Donnelly, mudisfun@comcast.net, 316-305-8402

Newsletter: Jim Thomson, jimthomson4@comcast.net, 941-830-0737

Website: Barb Seibel, leftyb3@comcast.net, 941-475-0364

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

Field Trips: Denny Girard, dennyg29@msn.com, 941-474-1492

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

Hospitality: Denny Girard, dennyg29@msn.com, 941-474-1492

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

Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers, rodgersbobbi2@comcast.net, 941-475-0769

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


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  09.07.2014