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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, June 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

"The Imperiled Flora and Fauna of the Pine Rocklands of Zoo Miami" - Frank Ridgley DVM, Zoo Conservation and Veterinary Services Manager, Zoo Miami

When people hear the word “zoo” they often don’t think about plant conservation, ecosystem restoration, or even local endemic species programs. Zoo Miami has a global reach with its conservation programs but also shows leadership and collaboration on many different types of programs and initiatives for all of the imperiled species that occupy the pine rockland ecosystem surrounding the zoo. Learn about what this Miami-Dade County public park does to help preserve biodiversity and conduct research to fill in the gaps needed for proper conservation planning into the future.

In 2007, Dr. Ridgley accepted a position at Zoo Miami as an Associate Veterinarian after being the Senior Veterinarian for the Buffalo Zoo for many years. In 2011, Dr. Ridgley shifted his focus to field conservation and research efforts and became the Director of Conservation and Research. He is currently a research associate and graduate faculty at Florida International University, on the Steering Committee of the Everglades CISMA, on the Steering Committee of the Florida Imperiled Butterfly Working Group, on the Conservation Committee of the Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and a member of the Florida Bonneted Bat Working Group.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, June 29, 2019: Zoo Miami conservation areas

We will visit several of Zoo Miami’s pine rockland restoration sites, walk a few of the firebreaks to see some the unique endemic species, and visit the 1940’s era military munitions bunker that has been converted to a green powered imperiled butterfly research laboratory.

  • Leader: Dr. Frank Ridgley
  • Difficulty: Easy, walking on unpaved firebreaks. A cart will take us between sites since they are some distance apart (thus the space limitation)
  • Bring/wear: Sun protection, water
  • 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)

Space is limited, registration required - register now! Contact Patty (, 305-255-6404). Include name(s) and phone number(s).

Preference is given to current Dade Chapter FNPS members through June 26. (You may register a guest to be added to the wait-list.) After that, guests of members will added from the wait-list as space allows. (You will be contacted.)

If you have been contemplating joining, now is great time!

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