Conference Committee Member
Registration is now open at http://fnps.org/conference. If you know you’re going, you should register early. If you’re undecided, I'm going to try to persuade you! Consider this a sneak preview. Watch this blog for more details in the weeks to come...
Socials, attendees are in for a treat. Thursday night offers a casual get together at the conference hotel, with an open mic, so start rehearsing now. On Friday evening, it is a short drive to the whimsical Gigi's Country Garden where art and water features combine in the most surprising ways. On Saturday, we’re thrilled to invite participants to Crystal Springs Preserve for our gala banquet. See Shirley Denton’s post on the history.
|For our annual banquet, we will journey to Crystal Springs Preserve for
an enchanting May evening waterside.|
Crystal Springs is a Second Magnitude spring, discharging 40 million gallons a day. Image by Mark Hutchinson
Reason #4: The Agenda
For General Sessions, the conference will offer three unique perspectives on preserving the Florida landscape. Friday morning, you’ll hear from Tampa Bay Times Columnist and author Jeff Klinkenberg who has defined the Real Florida through the people who create its unique culture. On Saturday, Doug Tallamy from the University of Delaware returns to expand upon his work with Your Role in Building Biological Corridors: Networks for Life. We end the conference program on Saturday afternoon with Hillary Swain, Executive Director of Archbold Biological Station, with a prescription for Saving the Physical, Liquid, and Emotional Heart of Florida.
|One of last year's sessions, which was standing room only. Discussions of topics spilled into|
hallways and continued into the evening events. Photo by Ginny Stibolt.
Each year, the Society’s annual conference brings us to a different area of the state to explore its unique character and provides attendees with current information on topics of interest. This year’s conference is held east of the Tampa Bay area and just south of the Green Swamp.
“Suncoast is proud to be hosting the 2012 Conference,” says Shirley Denton, Chapter President. “We are really proud of our local conservation areas, some of the best in the state, and looking forward to showing them off. We’re also enthusiastic about our venue – a really modern facility in an old Florida community. I’m really glad that we can bring to FNPS a strong local heritage, great nature, and wonderful talks. We’re very much enjoying working with our co-hosts, the Hernando Chapter, and together we look forward to presenting one of the best conferences ever."
|Native plants for sale? Yes, please! Photo by Ginny Stibolt.|
|The early bird gets the worm, its pick of conference hotels,|
AND still has cash left over! Illustration by Laurie Sheldon
The discounted early-bird registration rates end on April 16 for both the conference and lodging... so what are you waiting for???
Conference Hotel: Red Rose Inn - $69 conference room rate!
(single/double occupancy +12% tax)
2011 North Wheeler Street
Plant City, FL 33563
Reservations: (813) 752-3141
Secondary Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
2102 North Park Road
Plant City, FL 33563
http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/plant-city/plcfl/hoteldetail Preserving the Natural Heart of Florida is sponsored by the Florida Native Plant Society with major support from the University of Florida's IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center.