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Promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida

Lake Beautyberry Chapter

This chapter is proud to serve Lake County.

There is no chapter meeting in May, as it coincides with the FNPS Annual Conferernce in Crystal River. The conference will have many great topics, wokshops, and field trips - see the details at: https://www.fnps.org/conference/2019

The next regular meeting will be in July, on Sunday the 21st at 2 pm at Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis.

The Lake Beautyberry Chapter meets on the third Sunday of every other month at the Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44, Eustis. Schedule: 2:00 pm Social time and 2:30 Program & Meeting.

Directions: Take SR 19 north out of Eustis to the intersection with CR 44 East and turn right at Winn-Dixie and CVS Pharmacy, then go 1/4 mile to the nature center entrance on the right.

On months with no meeting we normally conduct a field trip in the area. 

Next Field Trip: Lake Beautyberry’s next field trip will be on Sunday, April 28th at 9:30 am. This is a joint field trip with our sister chapter, Passionflower. We are visiting Lake Louisa State Park, where we will take a leisurely 2 mile stroll through Pine Flatwoods along the Big Creek Loop Trail.

The group will gather in the parking lot across from the Ranger's Station at the entrance to the park off of Highway 27. An entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle is required. We will view the Native Plant garden located at the station before heading over to the trailhead.

Home to eleven plant communities, bountiful lakes, an array of wildlife, habitat restoration areas, and being within the boundaries of the Green Swamp and the Lake Wales Ridge make Lake Louisa one of the best natural places to visit in Lake County. The state park also has a beach area, allows swimming, and has a playground and restrooms near the picnic area.

Please bring water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, appropriate shoes, bug spray and your sense of adventure, family and friends.

Contact information:Beautyberry, April McClain, email aprillynn990005@gmail.com or phone 352-988-0374

Announcing a Special Event at Ellis Acres Reserve in Paisley on Saturday, May 4th at 9:30 am. Learn about the iNaturalist app and participate in a plant survey

Learn about using the iNaturalist Survey tool and see the restoration progress at Ellis Acres Reserve. Download a copy of the iNaturalist app to your phone or tablet, then meet at Ellis Acres at 9:30. We will learn how to use the tool to document plant communities. This is a valuable tool to document plants, animals, and insects of a particular area. We are considering using this as a tool in our roadside wildflower surveys. Bring a lunch with you and we will discuss planning a larger event at Ellis Acres next spring. Ellis Acres is at:   25302 Co Rd 42, Paisley, FL 32767

More info? Contact John at 352.250.7847 or email at jbenton3@gmail.com


Visit our native plant garden in the multi-themed UF Discovery Gardens adjacent to the Lake County Extension Service Building in Tavares and PEAR Park, a Lake County park south of Leesburg.

We would love to hear your native plant stories, what is blooming and what native plant you would recommend for the garden.

Please LIKE Lake Beautyberry Chapter on Facebook.

The Chapter President is Lavon Silvernell   LakeBeautyberry@yahoo.com
The Chapter Vice-President is John Benton

Send chapter mail to:
Lake Beatyberry Chapter FNPS
P.O. Box 88
Umatilla, FL 32784-0088


Published on  20.04.2019