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The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southwestern Sarasota County.

Chapter contact:
    Phone: 941-769-3633
    E-mail: MangroveFNPS@comcast.net

Welcome

 

 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.

OCTOBER 8, 2019     OPEN FORUM:  QUESTIONS, ANSWERS, and DISCUSSION

Our panelists for this program will be Sam Baker, owner of Englewood Homegrown; Gail Finney, Chair of the Native Garden at Cedar Point Environmental Park;  Ann Oleary, Master Gardener; and Alice White, Chair of People for Trees--a non-profit native tree advocacy group.

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2019     PROGRAM:  LOST OLD-GROWTH FORESTS:  WHEN WILL WE SEE THEM AGAIN?     SPEAKER:  Kate Borduas, Florida Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide

 

DECEMBER 10, 2019, 6PM        ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK AND 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 ahsquires1@comcast.

OCTOBER 26, 2019       OYSTER CREEK PARK, 2333 Placida Rd, Englewood

We will start the trip at the Placida Rd entrance and proceed toward the site that burned in June to access how it's recovered.

DIRECTIONS:  The entrance is directly across from Cedar Point EP, and abuts Lemon Bay High School.  

NOVEMBER 30, 2019         SHAMROCK PARK, 3900 Shamrock Dr, Venice

While our walks are usually aimed at an adult audience, this walk is especially designed for families with children.  The park has many interesting plants and aninals to see, including the elusive scrub jay.

DIRECTIONS:  From Englewood,  take SR776 north until it ends at US41, turn north onto US41 and continue going to the fourth stop light.  This is Shamrock Dr, turn left onto Shamrock Dr and follow it around several bends in the road to Shamrock Park.  The entrance is on the right.

JANUARY 25, 2020          Myakka State Forest, 2555 S River Rd, Englewood

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 

About 

Meetings

 

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: Carolyn Gregsak

Newsletter: Gail Finney

Website: Barb Seibel

Programs: Carolyn Gregsak

Field Trips: Al Squires

Membership: Linda Wilson

Hospitality:  Marianne Owen

Historian: Linda Wilson

Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers

Chapter Garden: Gail Finney 

 

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  01.10.2019