Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
(covering mostly Lee County, Florida)
Chapter Meetings (open to the public)
We are delighted to have found our new home for our monthly chapter meetings. We will 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)
Join the FNPS Coccoloba Chapter for a free tour of Babcock Ranch, focusing on the impact of the development to the natural environment. It will include landscaping along the boulevard in the rain garden and along the edges, how the builders are implementing the native plant requirements, and a trip up to the big weir on Curry Lake -- an incredible restoration job.
When: Wednesday, September 20 at 8:30 a.m. (Rain date is Sept. 27.)
Where: Meet at Founders Square at Babcock Ranch. Exact details will be provided to those who register. Lunch is not part of this trip, but participants may opt for lunch at Table & Tap, the first restaurant to open in the development.
History: From 1918 to 2005, the 91,600 acres of land known as Crescent B Ranch or Babcock Ranch, had been owned and operated by Babcock Florida Company, keeping the tract largely in its natural state, primarily for moderate agricultural activities and Babcock Wilderness Tours, Inc. Following the desires of Fred Babcock, the patriarch of the family until his death in 1997, the Ranch continued to be managed for open space values.
In 2005, Kitson & Partners purchased Babcock Ranch. The 18,000 acres retained by Kitson is envisioned to be an innovative town with sustainability woven right into the infrastructure of the community. Half of the town’s footprint (9,000 acres) will be set aside for green space. The company vision is to prove that smart growth and preservation can work hand in hand. Key design and development strategies that support this initiative include:
This tour does NOT include the following so please visit these sites on your own.
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, 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 of preserving, conserving and restoring native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida
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Native Plant Sale:
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.