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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 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

Botanical Research & Conservation in the Turks & Caicos Islands
B Naqqi Manco, Project Manager, Department of Environment & Coastal Resources, Turks & Caicos Islands Government

The Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) are the south-easternmost banks of islands of the Lucayan Archipelago, politically separate from the Bahamas as a United Kingdom Overseas Territory (UKOT). With eight to ten endemic species and rapid anthropo¬genic change and habitat loss from development and invasive species, TCI has an important responsibility in protecting its botanical heritage. Partnering with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as other international institutions, TCI has a number of projects, programs, and community-based efforts focusing on research and conservation of native plants and their ecosystems. This presentation is an introduction to the botanical heritage of TCI and the challenges and opportunities presented by being a remote UKOT with a small but rapidly-growing population.

B Naqqi Manco grew up on the island of Grand Turk (among a number of other locales) and has always been fascinated by nature. He studied in the US, and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom. He was a conservation ecologist with an NGO and now works for the Turks and Caicos Government on plant and ecosystem conservation projects.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

October 28-30, 2016: Archbold Biological Station Field Trip:

Don’t miss this special weekend at one of the most interesting places in Florida -- and only 150 miles from Miami. Archbold Biological Station has 5000 acres of globally significant natural preserve northeast of Lake Okeechobee near the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge. See

  • Come for one or both nights, or only for the day on Saturday (and still make your Halloween party). You may arrive early Friday, leave late Sunday.
  • Saturday, 10-12pm: tour with Dr. Eric Menges.
  • Other excursions with our own knowledgeable members, or self-guided nature trails with signage. Some visitor services are available before 4 p.m. Friday.
  • Sunday morning: optional side trip to scrub near Lake Placid now home to former DCFNPS member Jerry Russo.
  • Accommodations are in the station’s lodge. Meals are in the dining room except for a bag lunch on Saturday.
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 19, or sooner if the limit is reached.
  • Register and pay online. See the form for all the options of nights and meals.
  • Everyone must register in advance, even to attend only for the daytime on Saturday (no fee if you do not want meals).
  • $5 for tour with Dr. Menges (collected by DCFNPS on Sat.).