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Native Plant Day

The Dade Chapter FNPS 24th Native Plant Day

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bill Sadowski Park at Old Cutler Hammock
17555 SW 79 Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

FREE! Don't miss it! More information »
Programs • Nature walks • Children's activities • Plant clinic • Displays • Plant sales • Book & merchandise sales • Food • Raffles

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, February 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

"Sea Level Rise, Coastal Hazards and Natural Solutions for South Florida" - Chris Bergh, South Florida Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Chris Bergh was raised in the Florida Keys and studied environmental conservation in Florida and Arizona prior to beginning a career that has run the gamut from nature preserve management to urban conservation strategy development.

In 2005 he helped initiate the Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP), an interdisciplinary partnership among coral reef managers, scientists, other NGO’s and businesses designed to help Florida’s reefs and reef-dependent people cope with climate change impacts, and he has overseen the Conservancy’s partnership-based coral reef restoration efforts. In 2013 he helped launch and now leads the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s Shoreline Resilience Working Group which is focused on identifying opportunities for natural or nature-based coastal defenses for one of the United States’ most vulnerable regions with respect to hurricanes and sea level rise. He led the Conservancy’s early and ongoing work on sea level rise vulnerability analysis for the Florida Keys and is overseeing the development of on-line decision support tools that help people in the Keys and Southeast Florida’s urban areas look beyond their vulnerability to the nature-based solutions for reducing that vulnerability.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Broward Chapter trip to Fern Forest with leaders Jimmy Lange and Courtney Angelo. See

Saturday, March 2, 2019: Torchwood Hammock Preserve on Little Torch Key; multiple habitats on Big Pine Key

Our guide will be Chris Bergh, The Nature Conservancy’s South Florida Program Manager and the DCFNPS speaker in February. Each of these spots has a story to tell about the impacts of sea level rise and our recent hurricanes. There is also lots of native plant diversity, including federally endangered plants, as well as birds, Key deer, and other things to see. Plant field guides, binoculars and camera might be useful.
You can participate in as much of the trip as you desire, and also opt out of sections that are more difficult. But any part of this trip with Chris sharing his knowledge will be worth the drive!

  • Bring/wear: Water, lunch, sun protection, insect repellent, long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes that can get wet/muddy. The abundant poisonwood is easily avoidable, but if you are highly susceptible to it (or poison ivy, mango sap, etc.) pay particular attention. A walking stick can help on rougher ground or to get around poisonwood.
  • 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!