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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, November 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

Peering Through the Sawgrass: 30 years of chasing history and trends in my Everglades - – Cesar Becerra

In 1997 the Miami Herald called Cesar Becerra an “Everglades Evangelist.” Little did he or the Herald know he was at the very beginning of a long journey. His zest for the human history of the park, the ecosystem and the bigger phenomenon of the grey areas that encompass a seemingly simple landscape has led him to believe in one clear fact: The Everglades are complicated and beautiful mess.

Come hear Cesar’s stories, many which have chosen him to bear witness to. Over 30 years he has traversed the glades by foot, canoe, kayak, helicopter, small planes, automobile, swamp buggy, airboat - or in the bowels of many an institution's archives. He has interviewed dozens of pioneers and now actively protects the rarest of documents under the auspices of the special collections department of FIU library.

No matter how far he is away on his travels through all 50 United States, the Everglades are conveniently portable in his mind and thoughts and on occasions show up in his dreams. He will cover a host of topics that include the characters of the glades, little known moments that could have destroyed it all, and hidden gems that he shares with the many kids he leads each year.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018: Big Cypress

We will walk a trail in the Turner River Unit south of I-75 near Mile Marker 70 (www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/i-75-mm-70.htm). We have not been there before and don’t know what the conditions will be. We do know that this area burned earlier this year, and there is a good mix of habitats, so the flora should be interesting now. Expect to walk less than a mile and then back, botanizing as we go, possibly wading in water – or maybe in mud or maybe on dry land. Just consider it an adventure! (Note: No restrooms or potable water available.)

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Bring/wear: Water, long pants/sleeves, shoes and pants that can get wet or muddy, sun protection, insect repellent (just on case). A walking stick (broom handle will do) is advised for slogging if there is water. Also bring lunch if you’d like to picnic afterward with the group.
  • Lunch: Drive east to the Collier County Rest Area at MM-63 where we can picnic (restrooms, vending machines, etc.).
  • Lost/late? Contact Patty (305-878-5705)

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