Chapter logo by Deanna Derosia
All creatures depend on plants, and now all nature depends on us. Odd that humans, an intelligent species, have been so slow to realize their dependence on nature for air, water, and life itself. Join us in protecting nature and bringing our indigenous plants* to our cities.

Our Mission: To promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Broward County. 


March  2023

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Secret Woods Nature Center at Julia Hall
2701 W State Road 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312Wednesday, 

Endemic plants of the Lake Wales Ridge: Demography, management, and conservation
by Aaron David

The Lake Wales Ridge is a hotspot for endemic plants, many of which are restricted to increasingly imperiled scrub habitats. In this talk, Aaron will discuss ongoing plant ecology research at Archbold Biological Station on several of these endangered, endemic scrub species.

Dr. Aaron David is the Program Director of Plant Ecology at Archbold Biological Station. He completed is B.A. at Washington University in St Louis, and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He has been working in Florida ecosystems since 2016, including postdoc positions at the University of Miami and the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory prior to starting his position at Archbold in 2021. Lastly, he is a proud former member of the Broward Chapter of FNPS!

Aaron will be giving the presentation remotely, which will be broadcasted at the in-person meeting. The presentation will also be available on Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82746111125?pwd=YUQwS0NuMzRFMDFqekhWSXg5NVpKdz09.

To protect the health of the guests and employees from exposure to COVID-19, everyone attending the in-person meeting is encouraged to wear facial covering and practice social distancing while inside any Broward County park buildings.


Field Trip: Official Tour of the Scrub at Archbold Biological Station
Saturday, March 11th, 2023
10:00am - 2:00pm

Archbold Biological Station and Learning Center
123 Main Drive, Venus, FL 33960

This field trip is limited to members on a first come, first serve basis. The group total will be capped at 12 people. This trip will include an official Archbold Tour of the scrub that will last approximately 2 hours in which attendees will be transported by truck for part of the tour. Attendees will get to see some of the special endemics that are on station. Following the tour, the group will break briefly for lunch (bring your own) before botanizing around the Archbold Learning Center and walking out on the easy public trails close to the parking lot. Attendees should have adequate sun protection, water, and be wearing comfortable footwear for sandy conditions. Please note, transportation and lunch are not included and are the responsibility of the attendees.

To secure your spot for this trip you must email BrowardchapterFNPS@gmail.com. You will receive a reply with 24 hours. If there are spots available, you will then be provided a link to complete an online liability form from Archbold Biological Station. Attendees will also need to provide a donation of $17.00 per person to cover the cost of the official tour at that link. If spots are not available, you will be put on a waiting list.

For those who are interested in visiting Archbold Biological Station, it has reopened to the public. Visit the following link to learn more:  https://www.archbold-station.org/html/vinfo/dayvisit.html



List of Broward "Protected Natural Lands"
Including Coordinates
(Jan 2020 PDF)

Keeping our eyes on the welfare of plants and wildlife on Broward's Protected Natural Lands is everyone's responsibility. Use the list above to ensure these lands are cared for.

Current and historical records of Broward County Natural Lands:
Tax Parcels (Foilio Numbers) associated with current protected natural lands
Old March 2, 2011 "Natural Lands Inventory," County record
Broward County 2010 Natural Land (in green) Inventory Map

Search the website here:


Broward Chapter FNPS President Answers City Letter (April 10)

Burrowing Owls Observed on Parcel C (April 28)

HELP US SAVE THESE NATURAL AREAS. Many voices, short and polite, are the most effective...  
Mayor Dean Trantalis; Phone: 954 828-5004, Email: DTrantalis@fortlauderdale.gov  
Vice Mayor/District III Commissioner Robert L. McKinzie; Phone: 954-828-5004, Email: RMckinzie@fortlauderdale.gov  
District I Commissioner Heather Moraitis; Phone: 954 828-5033, Email: HMoraitis@fortlauderdale.gov  
District II Commissioner Steve Glassman; Phone: 954 828-5923, Email: PRaju@fortlauderdale.gov
Dist. IV Commissioner Ben Sorensen; Phone: 954 828-5003, Email: BSorensen@fortlauderdale.gov 

Broward County Mayor Mark D. Bogen; Phone: 954- 357-7002, Email: mbogen@broward.org

Action Notice To Broward County Commissioners
June 28, 2019
This letter sent to Broward Mayor and County Commissioners 

Regarding May 2020 Destruction of River Oaks Preserve
Letter TO County regarding failure to protect River Oaks Preserve, a Protected Natural Land
Letter FROM County regarding failure to protect River Oaks Preserve
 (highlights added)
Attachment to letter from County - Permit Modification
Attachment to letter from County - Commencement
Attachment to letter from County - Project Details



FNPS Landscaping Brochure

Here is the Southeast Regional FNPS Native Landscaping brochure. One side shows 63 recommended native landscape species in their "right place" (sunny-dry soils, for example) with at least 6 species for each light and soil-moisture zone.

The other side has basic native landscaping tips and recommended links and books for additonal information. You can get a copy at any Broward Chapter event.

Or view a low resolution version of the brochure online here.



1. Natives For Your Heighborhood (website includes cultivation information):
2. A List of Broward Native Plants sorted for landscaping by moisture, light, and size:
Landscape & Enthusiast Plants Native to Broward

Cutting-edge tech solutions for climate, pollution,
and other conundrums... Biomimacry.org


Explore the PLANTS + menu above for much more information about Broward native plants.