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.



Bring your own place service and a dish to share.  Beverages will be furnished, but feel free to bring your own if so desired.  Please bring an item for our silent auction, but only if you want to.


JANUARY 14, 2020   TOPIC:  UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE FERTILIZER ORDINANCE ON LEE COUNTY STORM WATER PONDS by Ernesto Lasso de la Vega, EdD from the Lee County Hyacinth Control District.


FEBRUARY 11, 2020    TOPIC:  LANDSCAPING FOR WILDLIFE WITH NATIVE PLANTS by Tom Heitzman, Owner of Sweet  Bay Nursery.  


MARCH 10, 2020   TOPIC: ORCHIDS AT LITTLE SALT SPRING by Craig Huegel, PhD, Author, Lecturer, and Nurseryman


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

JANUARY 25, 2020          MYAKKA STATE FOREST, 2555 S River Rd, Englewood

Myakka State Forest was purchased in 1995 as a part of the Myakka Estuary Conservation and Recration Lands(CARL) project.The majority of the forest is within the city limits of North Port.  The forest is comprised primarily of mesic flatwoods with a mixtureof longleaf and slash pines with 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.

FEBRUARY 29, 2020        AMBERJACK ENVIRONMENTAL PARK, 4650 Gasparilla Pines Blvd, Englewood

Amberjack EP is a 225 acre preserve made up of scrub, pine flatwoods, marshes, and Lemon Lake.   out in the scrub, we will see Florida rosemary, not commonly seen in this area.  Also seen at this park is Skyblue Lupine and Dahoon Holly.

DIRECTIONS:    From Englewood, take Placida Rd south, past the Rotunda W Blvd.  Two streets past the Rotunda light on the left is Gasparilla Pines Blvd.  Turn left onto Gasparilla Pines Blvd and follow to the end of the road.  Turn right into the parking lot.

MARCH 28, 2020    CALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK, 19139 N River Rd, Alva 

PLEASE LOOK for Plant Lists from most 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 




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

Vice President:  Al Squires

Secretary:  Bobbi Rodgers

Treasurer:  Linda Wilson

Chapter Representative:  Al Squires



Committee Chairs


Publicity: Ruth Ward

Newsletter: Gail Finney

Website: Barb Seibel

Programs: Ruth Ward

Field Trips: Al Squires

Membership: Linda Wilson

Hospitality:  Marianne Owen

Historian: Linda Wilson

Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers

Chapter Garden: Gail Finney

Grants:  Bonnie Moore


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  05.12.2019