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Mangrove Chapter - Tue Mar 15 - Walk at Middle Beach / Blind Pass

Join Anne Risberg at 9:00am for a nature walk at Middle Beach/Blind Pass Beach Park, Manasota Key, 6725 Manasota Beach Rd, Englewood. This one-mile walk will explore the back half of the park which runs to Lemon Bay, identifying plants and their pollinators along the way.

Directions: Meet in the parking area farthest back from the road and close to the kayak ramp. Watch for the playground equipment and a covered area with picnic tables.

Mangrove Chapter Meeting Tue Mar 8 at 1pm "Why Insects Matter"

Insects are miracles of evolution; insects were the first creatures to evolve flight and ruled the skies for millennia; insects outnumber all other living species combined; and come in a wondrous array of sizes, colors, and shapes. Along their evolutionary pathways, insects also invented agriculture, animal husbandry and manufacturing. 

Humans put insects and their byproducts for use as with dyes, honey, ink, silk, and shellac. And we didn’t even mention pollination!

Please join us at Cedar Point EP when Master Naturalist and Insect Enthusiast, Kate Borduas, explores the lives of the creatures that run the world. Meet in the Nature Center.

“Plant Native” Day Sat Mar 12 9am to 12pm at Cedar Point

The Mangrove Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society invites you to join us for our annual Plant Native Day. This free half-day educational outreach event will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road in Englewood from 9:00 AM to noon.

The theme, “Planting for Pollinators”, illustrates the use of native plants in your landscape to attract butterflies, bees, beneficial bugs, and other pollinators.

Plant sales begin at 9:00 AM. The Florida Native Plants Nursery from Sarasota, managed by Annie Schiller, and the Peace River Butterfly Society will have a variety of plants to purchase. Mangrove Chapter member-grown plants will be available for donations. A variety of educational handouts will be available. Plant sales will close at noon.

This event is sponsored by the Mangrove Chapter, FNPS; Charlotte County; and Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Mangrove Chapter activities are listed on this website; CHEC programs are listed at

Mangrove Chapter Walk at Myakka State Forest Sat Mar 5

Kate Borduas will lead our two-hour walk through the untrammeled northern reaches of Myakka State Forest on well-maintained flat trails. This is a joint walk with the Envrionmental Conservancy of North Port. Depending on conditions and reports, we will walk either the Palmetto Trail or Slash Pine Trail. We will meet at at 9am at the north entrance parking area on East River Rd about 3/4 mile east of River Road. [MAP]

The 8,500-acre forest consists of open prairies and mesic flatwoods. The forest is well managed with frequent managed burns to prevent succession. These burns help promote the lush growth of many wildflowers, some of which are quite rare.

There is a $2 entry fee. If you do not intend to pay online, bring $2 cash to the parking area.Please wear long pants as ticks are often thick in this area. Closed shoes, hat and water recommended.  Car pooling recommended.

Mangrove Chapter Walk at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve Tue Mar 1

There will be a nature walk at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve, Kenisco entrance from 9-11 am. Guides will be Bill Dunson (long loop about 1.5 miles) and Anne Risberg (short loop about 0.5 miles). We will meet at the entrance at 5472 Kenisco Rd, Venice, FL, at the corner of Euclid Rd. 

The preserve is mainly scrubby flatwoods with extensive scrub oak stands managed for scrub jays. There are both fresh water and saline wetlands and the long loop extends down to Lemon Bay.  Walking is predominantly on sandy trails. No reservations required. Participants must be fully vaccinated, no smoking/vaping and no dogs. Contact Bill Dunson ( for further information.

Mangrove Chapter Sunset Stroll 4pm Wed Feb 16 at Lemon Bay Park

Wednesday, February 16, 4:00-5:00 PM Join Dave and Linda Manley from the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society for a Sunset Stroll at Lemon Bay Environmental Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood.

The Sunset Strolls are a new series of walks that take place in parks with paved or otherwise smooth paths. The pace is slow, with time for questions and observations. If you are looking for a different experience from our longer morning walks in the woods, you might want to try one of these new walks.

While in Lemon Bay Environmental Park, we will walk only the short trip on the boardwalks along the mangroves looking for waterside native plants. We may see wading birds or other wildlife, and with luck, we’ll see the approaching sunset over the bay. Meet at the nature center.

Mangrove Chapter Nature Walk at Manasota Scrub Feb 19 with Jeff Weber

Join Sarasota County Environmental Specialist Jeff Weber for a walk at Manasota Scrub Preserve, 2695 Bridge St, Englewood. Most walks at this preserve are on the wetlands (east) side, but we will be visiting the west side of the preserve. Jeff will lead us on a leisurely 1-mile hike to explore mesic flatwoods and oak scrub habitats and look for blooming pawpaws, false pennyroyal and yellow jessamine, among others. We'll also see the 3 scrub oak species and some old, gnarled Florida rosemary shrubs.

Bridge street is off of Manasota Beach Rd, just west of the intersection with Englewood Rd. The walk begins at 9am. Limited pull in parking is available at the main Bridge Street entrance with additional parallel parking available along the road shoulder.

Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve Walks February 2022

Guided Walks at Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve - FREE with no registration.

Guided Walk: "Successional Changes" -- Feb 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
          Join Anne Risberg as she discusses expected transitions over time in plant communities..
Guided Walk: Preserve Central Part -- Feb 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm
          Take a guided walk with Charlie Woodruff through the central sections of Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve learning about the plants and animals that we see along the way. 
Guided Walks at Stump Pass SP, 900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood, Feb 17, 24 at 8:30 a.m.
          Contact Charlie Woodruff at 914-799-0664 for details and required registration
Welcome to Wildflower
Feb. 23, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
          Tonya and Steve Bramlage will describe the recently completed preserve restoration project and introduce walkers to preserve plants and animals.
Audubon Morning Bird WalkFeb. 26, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
          Join members of Peace River Audubon and LBC guides for a leisurely, early morning bird walk around Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve. Note 8:00 start time!
Estuarine Bird Walk – Feb. 28, 10:00 a.m. - noon
          A walk to observe birds on the western (estuarine) side of Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve with Mike Weisensee.  Bring your binoculars.  Note 10:00 a.m. start time.

COVID Safety - Participants must sign a liability waiver; walk leaders may require face masks. Schedules are listed for information only..Changes occasionally occur and you should confirm via or at

Mangrove Chapter Nature Walk Feb 12 with Kate Borduas at Carlton Reserve

Join Kate Borduas from the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society for a walk at Carlton Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice at 9am.

This 24,565-acre preserve was acquired by Sarasota County in 1982 to provide a wellfield for the county’s drinking water. With 100 miles of trails, the Carlton Preserve offers unparalleled nature-based recreation in our area. The walk will cover 1.6 miles of pine flatwood, oak hammock, and a large depression marsh. In addition to multitudes of native plants, lichens,epiphytes, and flowers, we may also see Red-headed Woodpeckers and Swallowtail Kites, and perhaps a Crested Caracara!

Directions: Go west on Border Road in Venice to the T junction. Take a left at Mabry Carlton Parkway. The parking lot will be signed on the right.

Mangrove Chapter Nature Walk at Ollies Pond Feb 14

Join Linda Hayes from the Mangrove Chapter of the Native Plant Society at 9am for an easy walk at Ollie's Pond Park, 18235 Avon Ave., Port Charlotte, FL.  This Park is a 41-acre man-made pond surrounded by pine flatwoods managed by Charlotte County. We will walk a one-mile loop around the pond to identify various native plants and flowers in and around the pond. Bring your binoculars to view raptors, migratory, and wading birds. You'll find the parking lot at 18235 Avon Ave at the intersection of Avon Ave and Gobron St. Most of us will take Toledo Blade south to right on Collingswood Blvd, south to left on Wintergarden Ave. Gobron will be a right turn the park is directly ahead.

Mangrove Chapter Meeting - Tues Feb 8 - 35th Anniversary Celebration

Help the Mangrove Chapter of the Native Plant Society celebrate its 35th anniversary at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood. Former and current members will share memories of their time with the chapter and historical documents will be available for perusing. A running photo loop will feature early field trips. You can take a walk with longtime walk leader Al Squires or stroll through the garden with Lois Cantwell, our recently retired president. Light refreshments will be provided. 

If you are thinking of joining our chapter, this would be a good way to get to know us. Masks are required inside the education center.

Mangrove Chapter Nature Walk Tues Feb 1 with Bill Dunson at Manasota Scrub

Join Bill Dunson of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Society from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1 for a guieded walk at Manasota Scrub Preserve (2695 Bridge Street, Englewood).

The walk is approximately 1.5 miles along a loop trail to explore the tale of two wetlands. Although there are mesic pine flatwoods in both wetlands, the remarkable ecological demonstration is the differences in plants between one wetland degraded by groundwater pumping for the Englewood Water District (wetland 1), and one much less impacted by such pumping (wetland 2).

There is a small parking lot and additional parallel parking available along the road shoulder. The leader requests that all participants be vaccinated. No dogs are allowed in this park.

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