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Naples Native Plants

A Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

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We need your help to preserve environmental areas that clean our waters, provide flood protection and protect native habitat. Click here to learn about this effort and how you can help.


The Naples Chapter offers monthly meetings and field trips

  • Our next Online Meeting will be Wednesday, November 11th at 6:30pm.

    Topic: Creating a Pollinator Garden, presented by Wade Gurley (Biologist & Naples Chapter Treasurer/Membership Chair). This meeting is free and open to the public.

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About Us

Listen to Dr. Brian Bovard from Florida Gulf Coast University describe the Naples Chapter and talk about how important native plants are to Collier County! Learn more...

The Florida Native Plant Society provides resources and wonderful opportunities to learn about Florida's unique environment. Click here to learn more

Meetings

All Naples Chapter gatherings are temporarily suspended as a precaution to reduce potential spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our meetings are being held online until further notice. Chapter members and e-newsletter subscribers will receive registration links to attend the meetings live. Presentation recordings will be made available shortly after the meeting.

The Naples Chapter meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise specified. No meetings will be held in July or January due to holidays.

Meeting Location:

4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples, Florida 34112

Meetings are held in the Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center. After coming through the main entrance for Naples Botanical Garden, take your first right to find parking.The Kapnick Center is located just north of Naples Botanical Garden's Chabraja Visitor Center. The auditorium is located at the north end of the Kapnick Center

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Field Trips

There's no better way to get a feel for Florida's native plants than to go on a field trip! In the past, many of the Naples Chapter's field trips were guided by Dr. George Wilder, botanist and curator of the Herbarium of Southwestern Florida at Naples Botanical Garden. We also enlist the help of many knowledgeable botanists who live in Collier County.

To be determined. Please check back

Do you have a favorite natural area in southwest Florida that you would recommend for a field trip next season? Please share your ideas via e-mail (Naplesnativeplants@gmail.com) or Facebook! Remember, you can make any day a field trip by noticing and appreciating native plants in your surroundings.

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Board of Directors

Board elections are typically done at our annual meeting in peak season. Each board member is elected for one year at a time.

President & Membership Chair

Andee Naccarato

President & Program Chair

Andee is originally from Naples and earned a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011. Andee is currently employed by Naples Botanical Garden in the Horticulture Department. Andee has served on the board for four seasons as Chair of Membership, Conservation, and Education, and President, respectively.

Vice President & Conservation Chair

Liberty Gibson

Vice President & Conservation Chair

Liberty graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture. She fell in love with Florida flora (and fauna) when she moved to Naples to complete an internship with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Liberty joined the Naples Chapter board in 2019.

Secretary & Past President

Danny Cox

Secretary & Past President

Danny is originally from Naples and earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Danny has worked at Naples Botanical Garden since 2010 and is currently the Aquatic Areas Manager. Danny has served on the board for three seasons as Secretary and President.

Chapter Representative

Kara Driscoll

Chapter Representative

Kara is a native Floridian who has lived most of her life in south Florida. She has been involved with FNPS for six years, initially with the Magnolia Chapter in Tallahassee. Kara serves FNPS at the state level on the Council of Chapters. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Environmental Science at FGCU.

Treasurer & Membership Chair

Wade Gurley

Treasurer & Membership Chair

Wade is originally from Texas; he moved to Florida in 2010 and has worked for various conservation organizations since then as a wildlife biologist. His favorite Florida native plant is wild pennyroyal (Piloblephis rigida)..

Vote Yes on Conservation Collier this Election

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As members of the Florida Native Plant Society working to promote the conservation and restoration of native plant communities in our region, you’re probably aware of the Conservation Collier land acquisition program. What you may not be aware of is that local funding for conservation of new native habitats has run out, and that the County has actually dipped into its management funds to make its most recent acquisitions. In order to continue acquiring new Conservation Collier preserves, expand existing preserves, and pay back borrowed management funds, Collier voters must vote to reestablish the Conservation Collier program this presidential election. By acting now, we can protect environmentally important places in Collier County – forever.


As Naples, and Collier County, continue to grow, Conservation Collier has succeeded in preserving and restoring native habitats. For example, the Railhead Scrub Preserve contains one of the last significant stretches of xeric oak scrub, which has largely disappeared from Collier County due to development. In addition to saving the native plants on the Preserve that remained, Conservation Collier removed exotics and planted new natives. The program’s restored not only the scrub habitat, but also seasonally flooded cypress, hydric flatwoods, and pine flatwoods. This preserve, alone, contains a total of 328 native plant species, ten of which are listed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as Endangered, Threatened, or Commercially Exploited. These native ecosystems support the wildlife that evolved with them, including protected species like the Bald Eagle and Gopher Tortoise.

There are twenty-one preserves throughout Collier County, most of which are accessible to and popular with the public, like the Gordon River Greenway. All twenty-one preserves support native habitats. The following are just a few examples: Alligator Flag Preserve is home to cardinal airplant(Tillandsia fasciculata), northern needleleaf (Tillandsia balbisiana), and royal fern (Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis). Cocohatchee Creek Preserve boasts mature live oak (Quercus virginiana), golden aster (Pityopsis graminifolia), prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa), and butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Logan Woods Preserve has fuzzywuzzy airplant (Tillandsia pruinosa) and red stopper (Eugenia rhombea). Otter Mound Preserve contains Curacao bush (Cordia globosa), giant wild pine (Tillandsia utriculata), satin leaf (Chrysophyllum oliviforme), and barbed-wire cactus (Acanthocereus tetragonus). And Pepper Ranch Preserve hosts quillwort arrowhead (Sagittaria isoetiformis) and oak mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum). In order for future generations to enjoy this beautiful biodiversity, we must continue investing in Conservation Collier

In addition to protecting native plants, these preserves also provide water quality protection for Collier’s rivers, lakes, and estuaries. We saw the importance of these types of investments when we witnessed the devastation red tide and blue-green algae caused to our beaches and local businesses. Reestablishing funding for Conservation Collier allows the County to continue acquiring lands that serve as natural buffers to our waters and reduce fertilizer runoff, which is believed to be one of the causes of red tide. These investments seem even more imperative now that we’re living through the Covid-19 pandemic as red tide and blue green algae may cause and exacerbate respiratory issues. For these reasons, and more, Conservation Collier has succeeded at the ballot box twice before, most recently securing over 80% of the vote in 2006.

Voting yes to reestablish the Conservation Collier program is voting to invest in maintaining the quality of life Naples residents enjoy now. Without this investment, we may lose many of the areas that are cleaning our waters, providing flood protection, and protecting native habitat. So whether you’re voting by mail or in person, please make sure to find the Conservation Collier question at the end of your ballot and vote YES this fall!

This article was written by Gladys Delgadillo


Yes Conservation Collier is a citizen-led effort to reestablish funding for Conservation Collier. We need your help to reach and educate voters so they say, “YES,” on or before November 3rd. To learn more about the Yes Conservation Collier campaign, and contribute your time and/or resources, please visit www.yesconservationcollier.org.


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Outreach Materials

Click on the links below to view some resources we provide at outreach events. These resources are intended for personal, educational use only.*

Video Links

  • May 2020 - "Fakahatchee Strand" by Andrew Tyler (Friends of Fakahatchee)
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  • June 2020 - "Native Plants and Stormwater" by Chad Washburn (Naples Botanical Garden)
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  • August 2020 - "Wildflowers Gone Viral" by Andee Naccarato (Naples Botanical Garden)
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  • September 2020 - "Rookery Bay" by Jeannine Windsor & Dita O'Boyle (Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)
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  • October 2020 - "Managing Scrub Habitat for Gopher Tortoises" by Melinda Schuman (Conservancy of Southwest Florida)
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