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Mangrove Chapter Walk - Apr 18 - Myakka State Forest

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 9:00-11:00 AM Join the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Bill Dunson for a guided nature walk at Myakka State Forest, Main Entrance, 2555 South River Road, Englewood.  Following the 1.5 mile Gordon Smith Trail, participants will observe spring flowers and discuss factors influencing the ecology of the sub-climax pine flatwoods. We will also closely examine a near pristine natural wetland and its circular zones of vegetation.  Depending on conditions, about 80 native flatwood and wetland plants may be seen on this trail. Any animals seen or heard will be identified also.  Meet in the parking lot about one mile east of River Rd.  The State Forest has a $2 day pass entry fee to be paid online.

Mangrove Chapter Walk - Apr 26 - Oscar Scherer State Park

April 26, Friday, 9:00-11:00 AM.  Join the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Dr. Mary Davis for a guided walk at Oscar Scherer State Park, 6202 Oscar Scherer State Park Dr., Nokomis.  Mary will tell us about the mosaic of plant communities we will see that are characteristic of the SW Florida Flatwoods ecoregion.  We will talk about management challenges to providing habitat for the endemic Florida Scrub Jay.  Meet at the Nature Center at the end of the entrance road. There is a $5 fee per vehicle to enter the park.  

Mangrove Chapter Meeting - May 14 - Ava Lasseter

Tuesday, May 14, 1 PM The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host an “iNaturalist Demonstration and Practice,” program led by Dr. Ava Lasseter.  Bring your smart phones and portable devices as time will be offered for an in-field experience.  BYOPicnic social at 12:15pm.  

Mangrove Chapter Walk - May 10 - Shamrock Park and Nature Center

Friday May 10, 9:00-11:00 AM. Join the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County and Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society as member Dr. Mary Davis leads a walk at Shamrock Park and Nature Center, located at 3099 Shamrock Drive, Venice.  Mary will talk about coastal scrub habitat, the ecology of plants and animals living in this harsh environment, and management challenges of maintaining habitat for the Florida endemic Scrub Jay in today's landscape.  Meet at the Visitor Center.  


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Mangrove Chapter Walk - Feb 23 - Charlotte Flatwoods Env. Park

Friday, February 23, 9:00-11:00 AM  Join Bill Dunson from the Mangrove Chapter of the FL Native Plant Society for a nature walk at Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park 15801 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. This park is 487 acres of pine flatwoods, dry prairie, depressional marsh wetlands, and a constructed permanent freshwater pond.   We will be hiking an approximately 1.9 mile loop with uneven surface in places.  The parking area along the western side of US 41 is about 5 miles south of Tuckers Grade and just north of Zemel Rd at 15801 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda  FL 33955 You are required to sign a liability waiver.  No dogs or smoking/vaping allowed.  No reservations required.  For additional information email Bill Dunson at

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