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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, October 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

Butterfly gardening at Miami urban schools: Plugging students into nature through habitat rehabilitation on school grounds - Jaeson Clayborn, PhD candidate, FIU

Habitat loss is a major factor that contributes to the decline of butterflies and other insects globally. School grounds provide an opportunity to restore green space in the local community. Fifth graders at three schools in Miami-Dade County participated in a south Florida native plant butterfly garden study. The study demonstrates the tangible effect of outdoor schoolyard learning activities in student knowledge of conservation issues, and the importance of hands-on experience in engaging students to advocate for butterflies.

Jaeson Clayborn is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, conducting his research in the lab of Dr. Suzanne Koptur. His doctoral work investigates swallowtail butterflies and their interactions with host plants and predatory ants in tropical dry forest in the Florida Keys. He also is involved in exposing primary school students and teachers to garden, restoration and aquaponics projects, leading to academic achievement and social awareness about environmental quality.

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, October 21, 2017: Nixon Smiley Pineland (formerly Tamiami Pineland)

If the weather is very bad, call Patty at 305-878-5705 to confirm. Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members and guests. Collecting not permitted; children welcome. Trips are in collaboration with the Broward Chapter.

This 120-acre Miami-Dade County preserve on the western edge of Miami’s Rock Ridge represents the ecotone between pine rockland and rocky marl prairie. It is one of the largest pine rocklands left in Miami, and is uniquely characterized by its large patches of sandy soil among the outcrops of limestone. It is one of the most biodiverse sites in the county. Rare species include Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed) and Physostegia purpurea (false dragonhead). Fall wildflowers and grasses will be blooming.

  • Leader: Jimmy Lange, field botanist at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and member of FNPS.
  • Difficulty: Moderate. Unpaved paths, some through brush. Some areas are very rocky but we will mostly stay near a less rocky trail.
  • Bring/Wear: Water, sun protection, long pants. Sturdy, closed shoes or boots are important in this rocky pineland. A walking stick may be helpful where rocks occur.
  • Parking: Inside a closed gate -- please be on time!
  • Lunch afterward: Join us at a casual eatery nearby.
  • Lost/late? Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705)

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