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Naples Native Plants

A Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

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About Naples Native Plant Society

The Naples Chapter is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to conserve and restore Collier County's native plant communities. Everyone may access free native plant resources on this website. We strive to collaborate with increasing numbers of community organizations for native plant landscaping, conservation, and education. Help us reach our goals by making a donation today.

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...

Florida Native Plant Society

About Florida Native Plant Society

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

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E-Newsletter

Click here to receive our monthly e-newsletter! This is a great way to stay in the loop for all our upcoming programs, field trips, and volunteer opportunities!

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Presentations

  • Our next Online Meeting is February 3rd , 2021 at 6:30pm. Topic: Native Habitat Needs for the Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. by Jessica Spickler (FWC Biologist)
    Registration will be available soon

    No meeting in January 2021 due to holidays

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Field Trips & Events

Volunteer Workday at Cutting Horse Eco-Center
Saturday, January 16th, 10 am - 1pm. Tasks will include weeding and plant labelling. Social distancing and masks required. RSVP at least two days prior. Use button below to RSVP

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COVID-19 Update

Governor DeSantis has a 4 prong approach to administering vaccines:

  • Convert state-run Covid-19 testing sites to vaccine sites
  • Administer vaccines in places of worship and underserved areas
  • Hire 1000 contract nurses in addition to deploying 800 Florida National Guard to dispense vaccines
  • For now vaccinations will be reserved for front line heslth care workers and individuals 65 or older

Vaccination Schedules

For Collier County

  • Vaccination locations will switch daily:
    • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, North Collier Regional Park soccer fields: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 34109.
    • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Winn Dixie Mall, 1500 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee, 34142. h 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, North Collier Regional Park soccer fields: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 34109.
    • For healthcare personnel with direct contact only: Thursday, Florida Department of Health in Collier County, 3339 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, 34112. Call for an appointment: 239-252-6220
    • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, North Collier Regional Park soccer fields: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 34109.
  • All appointments will be drive-thru except Immokalee’s site, which will be walk-up.
  • Face masks must be worn while people wait for their vaccination, according to DOH.
  • Health care workers who work in direct contact with COVID-19 patients must bring their identification cards.
  • There’s no referral or payment needed, according to Department of Health. Registration will take place following arrival at the site.

In Lee County, The Florida Department of Health is offering COVID-19 vaccine to high-risk frontline health care workers and those 65 and older. Currently All appointments have been filled. New reservations will open as vaccines are received by the Florida Department of Health. Check for more information here.

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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Our Team

President & Membership Chair

Andee Naccarato

President & Program Chair

Andee Naccarato grew up in Naples and earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011. She became further immersed in the world of native plants by working at Naples Botanical Garden and Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Andee joined FNPS in 2013 and has served on the board of directors as Chair of Membership, Conservation, and Education, and President.

Vice President & Plant Sales Chair

Evan Barr

Vice President & Plant Sales Chair

Evan Barr is a Naples native. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and a Permaculture Design Certificate. He has over 10 years of experience in horticulture, ranging from farming to landscaping to gardening. His passion is working within the intersection of native plantings and residential gardens to improve biodiversity in the landscape.

Secretary & Outreach Chair

Karyn Allman

Secretary & Outreach Chair

Karyn Allman currently works as a senior supervisor for the Lee County Conservation 20/20 program. She has a Master's Degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. Karyn grew up in Maine and has spent her life exploring the outdoors as a part of her professional and personal life. She enjoys hiking, diving, camping, kayaking, birding, and of course taking the time to stop and learn new plants wherever she goes! Karyn has been a member of the Naples Chapter for 12 years.

Co-Treasurer

Becky Troop

Co-Treasurer

Becky Troop is retired from The Naples Players, where she was the Director of Volunteers for 17 years and the Director of Development for two years. Within the last four years, Becky completed both the Florida Master Naturalist and Master Gardener programs through the University of Florida. Becky has volunteered with Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Rookery Bay, and the Florida Trail Association. She landscaped her home garden with Florida native plants and Florida friendly plants, with particular interest in adding pollinator plants and littoral plants (along a small lake).

Co-Treasurer & Co-Conservation Chair

Wade Gurley

Co-Treasurer & Co-Conservation Chair

Wade Gurley received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology through the Texas A&M University system. He moved to southwest Florida in 2010 and has worked since as a biologist in the region on projects involving sea turtles, mangrove cuckoos, rare orchids, prescribed fire, white tailed deer, Everglades mink, bonneted bats, and red cockaded woodpeckers. In 2020, Wade served as Treasurer and Membership Chair for the Naples Chapter.

Co-Conservation Chair

Liberty Gibson

Co-Conservation Chair

Liberty Gibson 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.

Chapter Representative

Kara Driscoll

Chapter Representative

Kara Driscoll is a native Floridian and has been involved with the Florida Native Plant Society for seven years. She first joined the Society while living in Tallahassee and worked closely with the Magnolia Chapter, serving as field trip and program coordinator. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in environmental science at Florida Gulf Coast University and conducting research on one of Florida's endemic milkweed species. Kara also serves the Florida Native Plant Society on the Council of Chapters.

Membership Chair

Connie Nagele

Membership Chair

Connie Nagele describes herself as a very curious person with many passions. Professionally, she is a small business consultant specializing in back-office setup/organization and building teams. Connie is also active in the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fishing in Florida's natural areas. Butterflies are her special joy! Connie is restoring and maintaining the Butterfly Garden at Sugden Regional Park as part of her commitment to making a positive difference in her community.

Website Designer

Michael Troop

Website Designer

Now retired, Michael Troop designs websites for a hobby. He knows nothing about plants and animals and depends on his wife, who is a master gardner to explain the birds and the bees (and plants) to him. In his prior life, he served in the military for 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a master of science degree in nurse anesthesia from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan and has practiced anesthesia for over 40 years. He loved the business...he thought it was a "gas".

Facebook Volunteer

Alicia Schwartz

Facebook Volunteer

Alicia Schwartz moved to Naples, FL in 2017, after living in New York and Puerto Rico. She is a recently retired nurse. As an active member of the Community Emergency Response Team, Alicia volunteered for disaster relief in New York City (after 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy) and in Puerto Rico (after Hurricane Maria). Alicia always had a love for growing plants, even when all the space she had was a New York City terrace. Alicia is a recent graduate of the Florida Master Gardener program and has a special fondness for orchids.

YouTube Volunteer

Danny Cox

YouTube Volunteer

Danny Cox began editing the Naples Chapter's YouTube videos in May 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic necessitated a shift to online meetings. Danny is the Aquatic Areas Manager at Naples Botanical Garden. He is also a Past President of the Naples Chapter. His favorite Florida native plant is blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium).

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

Four Things You Can Do to Increase Biodiversity in Collier County

  1. Check your back yard. Identify any native plants to keep and any invasive plants to remove. (Some helpful definitions – “Native plants” are naturally occurring in our ecosystems. “Invasive plants” are not native to Florida and spread so much that they negatively impact our environment.) Here’s why native plants are so desirable:
    • Native plants help create a stable environment for our native wildlife, starting from the smallest insect all the way to our biggest native animals like the Florida Panther, Black Bear, and even our wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Native plants require less maintenance: less trimming, less watering, less fertilizing. This means there will be less fertilizer run-off going into our saltwater paradise.
    • Visit the Florida Natural Areas Inventory website for help identifying some of our native plants and their invasive look-a-likes. Check out the Florida Native Plant Society website for book recommendations and more resources.
  2. Once you have identified the invasive plants, it’s time for removal.
    • Some invasive plant seedlings can be removed by hand. Wear gloves and clothing to protect your skin. Invasive plants that have grown very large can be removed by machine or herbicide treatment. Seeking professional help is recommended. Learn more about invasive plants from the University of Florida Extension Office
    • Remember, if you have an overwhelming job and there is too much to do in one day, break it in to smaller parts. Sometimes a grid system can help you break the job down in to more manageable pieces.
  3. Visit your local plant nursery and ask for plants that are native to Southwest Florida.
  4. Replace excess lawn space with native plants. Doing so will decrease cost of lawn maintenance, decrease water usage, and increase biodiversity in your home landscape. Winning all around!
    • If you live in a gated community, make sure you follow the guidelines listed by your HOA. And it never hurts to become a part of the HOA to see if there are rules that can be modified to include more native plants in the landscape.

Thank you for doing YOUR part to preserve, conserve, and restore native plants in Collier County!

RESOURCES

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

  • October 2020 - "Managing Scrub Habitat for Gopher Tortoises" by Melinda Schuman (Conservancy of Southwest Florida)
    Click to see video
  • November 2020 - "An Introduction to Pollinator Gardening" by Wade Gurley (FNPS Naples Chapter)
    Click to see video
  • December 2020 - "History & Development lof Cutting Horse Eco-Center" by Tony Mauriello, Marlene Rodak, & Cassie Valenti(FNPS Coccoloba Chapter)
    Click to see video

Be sure to check out other videos from our YouTube Channel (click here) and from Florida Native Plant Society YouTube Channel (click here).

Educational Links



*Express written permission from the Naples Chapter Board of Directors (naplesnativeplants@fnps.org) is required for any other use of these documents.

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