The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
(covering mostly Lee County, Florida)
Chapter Meetings (open to the public)
We meet at Holton Eco-Preserve at
Universalist Unitarian Church
located at 13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers, FL 33912
on the THIRD THURSDAY of the month at 6:30 pm for socializing.
At 7 pm, our speaker will present an informative and relative topic.
Then, after a short business meeting, we will auction off native plants
donated by our members.
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO MAY OR DECEMBER MEETING. These are our volunteer appreciation events (picnic and holiday party)
APRIL speaker -- APRIL 19 at 7 pm
Basic Botany for Gardeners
In the presentation Basic Botany for Gardening, we will focus on how botany can help us make wise cultivation decisions and increase our awareness of plant requirements. There will be an overview of plant classification, structure and processes and cultivation application of these three fields.
Stacy is the Research and Publications Associate at ECHO International in North Fort Myers, FL. In this role, she actively plays a role in the research, development, and dissemination of tropical agricultural information and technologies that specifically address small-scale farmer contexts. She is originally from Pittsburgh and graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a major in Biology and minor in International Studies. During undergraduate studies, she researched Switchgrass as a biofuel and the tri-trophic interactions among Monarch caterpillars, Mycorrhizal Fungi and Milkweed. Stacy was an ECHO intern in 2014. She has traveled to Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana and Burkina Faso for various short-term endeavors and has spent time as an agricultural consultant in Tanzania.
MARCH SITE VISIT -- MONDAY, March 26, 10 AM
SOUTH POINTE WEST CONDOMINIUMS
Members of the FNPS Coccoloba Chapter are invited to participate in a site visit for the South Pointe West condominium property. Participants will view the property, and make suggestions for native landscaping. These are engaging social and educational visits, and anyone can attend.
Date: Monday, March 26th
Time: 10 am
Location: 13117 Feathersound Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33919
Please park on the side of the building in spaces marked GUEST. The numbered spaces are for owners. We will meet in the parking area.
Please let Ben know if you will be attending.
In case of inclement weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, please call (239) 273-8945 on the day of the event to verify the trip. We will make every attempt to contact you in case a trip must be canceled, but you should also check in if there is any doubt.
Participation in this event sponsored by Florida Native Plant Society is voluntary and is offered free of charge or at cost. All participants acknowledge and agree that they will assume all risk associated with such participation and waive any action or claim against Florida Native Plant Society for any damage, injury or harm of any kind resulting from or occurring during this activity.
In consideration of Florida Native Plant Society sponsoring this event and permitting participation by the registrant, the registrant agree(s) to hold harmless the Florida Native Plant Society, its officers, directors, agents and assigns, from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind which may be incurred by reason of the participation of the undersigned in this event.
This trip is for the enjoyment of nature. Collecting of plants is not permitted on FNPS field trips.
SUPPORT FNPS BY VOLUNTEERING FOR THE CONFERENCE
FNPS has opportunities available for volunteering at the conference. For each half day you work, you may attend the rest of the program day for free.
Contact Marlene ...
Did You Know?
Through native plant sales and grant plantings,
the Coccoloba chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
has provided over 100,000 trees to Lee County over the past decade.
With the generous support of our sponsors, we can continue providing FREE CLASSES, along with plant sales, field trips, public school plantings and more. Thank you so much to Lee County Division of Natural Resources, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.
Special thanks to CHNEP for helping with so many of our educational projects to fulfill our mission.
The Mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration
of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
Support our research and activities by becoming a member today.
Membership dues and donations are tax-deductible.
Native Plant Sale:
Earth Day at J. Crew:
FNPS Annual Conference:
DID YOU KNOW ...
Often, we will use native plants during our outreach events and classes. These plants are offered for sale at the end of the event. Why? Because native plants are not always easy to find and purchase. Therefore, we can help you get started right away providing vital food and habitat to our local wildlife.