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. 


May  2023


Wednesday, May 10, 2023
7:00pm - 8:30pm

This will be a virtual meeting only
Due to damage sustained at Secret Woods Nature Center from last month's extreme weather event, there is NO in-person meeting option.

Florida's Carnivorous Plants
by Kenny Coogan


Learn about Florida's endemic carnivorous plants! Florida has dozens of native species of carnivorous plants––more than any other state in the United States—including sundews, butterworts, bladderworts, and pitcher plants. These plants use appealing scents, leaves, and sticky fluids to trap and imprison insects. Digestive fluids then absorb the prey giving the plant its nutrients. Learn the evolution, people, and natural history of this area to discover why Florida is a hotspot of carnivorous plants.

Kenny Coogan has a Master’s Degree in Global Sustainability and is passionate about Florida’s wildlife and plants. His professional experience with carnivorous plants started fifteen years ago when he cofounded the Western New York Carnivorous Plant club. Since then he has moved to Florida to teach middle school science and agriculture. He was awarded the Best Beginning Science Teacher for the state of Florida. He has published over 400 articles on pets, livestock, and gardening for publications including Countryside, Hobby Farms, Chickens, Backyard Poultry, and Florida Gardening magazines. Kenny's book "Florida's Carnivorous Plants" and a selection of carnivorous plants can be purchased on his website. He can ship nationwide. Coogan is an active member with the International Carnivorous Plant Society, serving as the Education Director. He now runs a successful carnivorous plant nursery in Tampa, Florida.

The presentation will be available on Zoom as a webinar at this link:

Gulf Purple Pitcherplant (Sarracenia rosea) image courtesy of Kenn Coogan




Little Floating Bladderwort (Utricularia radiata)
Image Courtesy of Kenny Coogan






May Field Trip:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, May 27th, 2023
9:00am - 12:00pm
16450 SE Federal Hwy,
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455

$6.00 entrance fee per vehicle (2 to 8 occupants)
$4.00 entrance fee for single-occupant vehicle

Views from Kitching Creek Nature Trail at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Photo by Stephanie Dunn

Join us on an a walk at Jonathan Dickinson State Park's Kitching Creek Nature Trail to look for South Florida's carnivorous plant species. We ask for attendees to meet out front at the Kimbell Education and Visitor Center where there are restrooms facilities and seating available as we wait for the entire group to arrive. Please keep in mind that it is an approximate 10 minute drive from the range station at the front of the park back to the river area where the Kimbell Education and Visitor Center is located. From there, we will take a short walk over to the trailhead. The trail is approximately 1.25 miles in length with a compacted ground for easy walking. There is a possibility that portions of the trail may be wet. Please bring plenty of water, sun protection, etc. There are plenty of benches and tables for those interested in picnicking for lunch after the walk. Also, depending on time and if people are interested, we can caravan along the park road to stop as a couple locations with botanical interests.

Please email browardchapterfnps@gmail.com so that we know how many people will be in attendance.


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.