The Year Behind and the Year Ahead 2023-2024
SpringOur Virtual Conference in April was attended by 356 people and we heard from 38 speakers. This was closely followed by our 3 amazing Field Days in May - Naples (details | photo album), Tallahassee (details | photo album), and Sanford (details | photo album). Hosted by Chapters, these events gave folks the opportunity to come together, socialize, explore new areas, and learn about new topics.
SummerA quiet time for being outdoors, our teams made the most of this relative downtime to work on FNPS. Thanks to Melanie and the Council of Chapters we launched a survey for our members and friends and were blown away by the response - 3000 folks relayed their thoughts on our organization. Our Board met in August to review the strategic plan. We launched our first National ‘Make a Will’ month campaign in partnership with FreeWill.
Fall / WinterThe busiest time of the year, this fall we celebrated Florida Native Plant month in style with our new merchandise. Lake County and Collier County proclaimed October Florida Native Plant Month. We held the inaugural Dicerandra Day in Marion Oaks, focusing on Dicerandra cornutissima (longspur balm), revamped the Landscape Awards, and co-hosted Torreya Talks for landowners and researchers in Quincy.
We also recruited our TorreyaKeepers intern - Maddie Snuggs - supported by funding from the Florida Wildflower Foundation, donated in honor of Carolyn Schaag, Nancy Bissett, and Anne MacKay.