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The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and the use of Florida native plants in landscaping.

The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (DCFNPS) is one of more than 20 chapters around the state and includes residents of Monroe County. More about us »
Next Meeting in Dade County

Next Meeting in Dade County

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

"Selections of Early Botanical Explorations in South Florida" – Jimmy Lange, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden & Courtney Angelo, Broward County Parks and Recreation

Our speakers will present on selections of botanical history in South Florida as a way of introducing the rare plant conservation program in Broward County Parks, a collaboration between Broward County and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. The talk will highlight various important historic figures and milestones in South Florida botany that paved the way for the work being done today in Broward County under the rare plant program, culminating in a summary of program goals and highlights thus far.

Jimmy Lange is a botanist with the South Florida Conservation Program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. He has nearly a decade of experience with the flora and habitats of South Florida, with a particular focus on rare plant monitoring and conservation.

Courtney Angelo, PhD, is a botanist/natural resources specialist with Broward County Parks and Recreation. She has nearly a decade of experience working in tropical/subtropical systems focusing on the abiotic and biotic drivers of spatial and temporal dynamics of native and invasive plants species.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, April 13, 2019: Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands in Delray Beach (plus more if you can stay later!)

These wetlands were constructed by Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department next to an existing water treatment plant. About 50 acres of former percolation ponds are now a thriving wetlands habitat, with 2 million gallons per day of highly treated reclaimed water used to maintain the wetlands, which attracts an abundance of wildlife in a park-like setting. Read more here. DCFNPS member and webmaster Haniel Pulido will lead us on this walk.

Please check your travel time to the first site (~1.5 hours from South Dade). Call if needed (Patty 305-878-5705).

  • Bring: Water, sun and insect protection, lunch if you plan to stay
  • Difficulty: Easy, elevated boardwalks

Part 1: Wakodahatchee Wetlands (meaning "created waters"). On a ¾-mile boardwalk we should see dozens of nesting wading birds and many freshwater slough plants along small islands, forested wetlands, and open water ponds.

Part 2: Green Cay Wetlands is a 5-minute drive from Wakodahatchee. The park has 1.5 miles of boardwalk featuring a variety of plant communities and a nature center.

If you can stay later (leave at any time):

Lunch: Drive 10 minutes to Morikami Park for a picnic lunch (bring your own).

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: Drive 15 minutes to the refuge entrance ($5 cash only). We will walk the Marsh Trail and look for endangered Snail kites and plants along the canal and bordering wetlands.

Time, address and directions are in the newsletter mailed to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!