The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southwestern 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


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


NOVEMBER 14, 2017,  Topic:  MANGROVES:  THEIR IMPORTANCE, IDENTIFICATION, AND PROTECTION by Alyssa Vinson, Environmental Specialist, Sarasota, FL


DECEMBER 12, 2017,   ANNUAL HOLIDAY COVERED DISH SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION  Starting time:  6PM  Please bring, in addition to a dish to share with other diners, your own placesetting.   Items may also be contributed to the silent auction.


JANUARY 9, 2018,  Topic:  MILKWEED, MONARCHS, AND MILKWEED BUGS by Nigel Blakly, Biologist 


FEBRUARY 13, 2018,   Topic:  THE ROLE OF COOPERATION IN EVOLUTION, by Kate Borduas, Naturalist/Environmental Activist


MARCH 13, 2018,  Topic:  NORTH PORT'S FERTILIZER ORDINANCE AND PLANTS FOR POLLUTION REDUCTION by Elizabeth Wong, PE, Storm Water Manager, City of North Port


APRIL 10, 2018,   Topic:  VENICE BEATIFICATION PROJECT by Greg Vine, Owner/President of Sun/Acre Corp., Chairman of the Urban Forest Committee of Venice


MAY 8, 2018,   ANNUAL MEETING, ELECTION OF OFFICER'S, SILENT AUCTION, AND COVERED DISH SUPPER, Start time: 6PM     Please bring a covered dish and your own placesetting.  You may also bring items to be contributed to 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 ahsquires@embarqmail.com

OCTOBER 28, 2017,   VENICE MYAKKA RIVER PARK, 7501 E Laurel Rd, Venice

This is one of Sarasota County's newest parks.  It is a small park with paved trails, and a wide variety of plants.   DIRECTIONS:  From Englewood, travel north on I-75 to the Laurel Rd exit.  Turn east onto Laurel Rd, and go to the end of the road.


NOVEMBER 25, 2017,  OLD MIAKKA PRESERVE, 215 Myakka Rd, Sarasota

Old Miakka Preserve is a 132 acre preserve named after Old Miakka, the historic rural community where the preserve is located.  The preserve contains scrub and mesic flatwoods.  The preserve has limited parking, and is accessed through a walk-thru gate.

DIRECTIONS:  From Englewood, take I-75 north to Exit 210(Fruitville Rd), Go east on Fruitville Rd for approx 11 miles to the stop sign.  At the stop sign, continue on straight onto theFruitville Rd Extension.  This is a dirt road.  Drive 0.4 mile, entrance is on the right.

JANUARY 27, 2018,   MANASOTA SCRUB PRESERVE-WEST,   2695 Bridge St, Englewood

Manasota Scrub Preserve is a 154 acre Sarasota County park.  We are going to explore the western half of the park, which contains both upland and wetland communities.   DIRECTIONS:  Take SR-776(Englewood Rd) to Manasota Beach Rd, turn west onto Manasota Beach Rd, travel 0.1 mile to Bridge St, turn left onto Bridge St.  Go past the main parking lot on the left and stop at the walk-thru on the right.  Park along the road.


MARCH 31, 2018,   AMBERJACK ENVIRONMENTAL PARK, 6450 Gasparilla Pines Blvd, Englewood

APRIL 10, 2018,   MYAKKA STATE FOREST, 2000 S River Rd, Englewood

MAY 26, 2018,   SOUTH VENICE LEMON BAY PRESERVE,   6200 Osprey Rd, Venice

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



NOVEMBER 18, 2017,   ANNUAL HARBOR NATURE FESTIVAL, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte   10AM-3PM

Visit www.chnep.org or call 866-835-5785 for more info.  Mangrove Chapter of FNPS has a booth at this site. We give out information about native plants and give out native plants for a donation.

FEBRUARY 10, 2017,   BIRDS AND NATIVE PLANTS Workshop,  Venice Audubon Society, Behind the Sarasota Co. Office Building at the Rookery   9:30AM-12:30PM  

MARCH 10, 2017,   ANNUAL "PLANT NATIVE DAY", Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd,   THEME:  CONTAINER GARDENING WITH NATIVE PLANTS,   9:30AM-1:00PM

There will lectures, nature walks, and plant sales.  More info as it becomes available.  


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

Vice President:  Al Squires, ahsquires1@comcast.net, 941-7693633

Secretary:  Marianne Owen, gopher36@comcast.net, 941-474-1118

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

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

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



Committee Chairs


Publicity: Carolyn Gregsak, cgresak@gmail.com, 603-924-8689

Newsletter: Gail Finney, migafinn@gmail.com, 913-424-3027

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

Programs: Carolyn Gregsak, cgregsak@gmail.com, 603-924-8689

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

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, bobbi@checflorida.org, 941-475-0769

Chapter Garden: Gail Finney, migafinn@gmail.com, 913-424-3027 


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  17.10.2017