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:
Nature Walk: Wednesday, November 20, 9 to 11 AM, Sleeping Turtles Preserve North, 3462 Border Road, Venice. Explore the “sleepy” side of this preserve with Sarasota County volunteers and Florida Native Plant Society members Al Squires and Denny Girard. Experience the meandering trails while learning about the natural lands and the plants they support.
Register online at www.scgov.net. Click on “Calendar” on the left.
Special Event: Saturday, November 23, 10 AM to 3 PM, 14th Annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd., S.R. 776 in Port Charlotte, 2.5 miles west of U.S. 41, Admission and parking are FREE. Visit www.CHNEP.org/CHNF.html to learn more.
Join us at the Festival where young and old can enjoy a day outdoors discovering the natural environment of southwest Florida: hands-on activities, guided walks led by our Native Plant Society members, wagon rides, children’s activities, Mote Marine Laboratory touch tank, Florida’s Learning Lab, native plant sale, raffle, etc.
Stop by and visit us at our booth, as well as the CHEC booth right next to us. While learning about “the natives”, you can also learn about the many educational programs offered by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. For more information, visit www.checflorida.org.
Field Trip: Saturday, November 30, 9 AM, Oyster Creek Park, 6791 San Casa Road, Englewood (Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park Entrance). Call Denny Girard (941-474-1492) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, directions and field trip confirmation. For more information about this park, visit www.charlottecountyfl.com/parks.
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 a Friday preceding the Membership Meeting, 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, email@example.com, 941-697-2756
Immediate Past-President: Bobbi Rodgers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-0769
Vice President: Jim Thomson, email@example.com, 941-830-0737
Secretary: Linda Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-7210
Treasurer: Jane Wallace, email@example.com, 941-697-4276
Chapter Representative, Al Squires, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-769-3633
Publicity: Micki Donnelly, email@example.com, 316-305-8402
Newsletter: Jim Thomson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-830-0737
Website: Barb Siebel, email@example.com, 941-475-0364
Programs: Lois Cantwell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-697-2756
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: Lois Cantwell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-697-2756
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 third Saturday in February. 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.