Magnolia Chapter FNPS

Happy New Year!!!

January Announcements:
  • Our next meeting is on January 3rd - Houston Snead will be speaking about Chapman's Fringed Orchid
  • 2019 Calendars are now available for sale
  • Submit "Wet-Feet" Pictures for our 2020 Calendar
  • Sarracenia Meeting on January 15th - Leigh Brooks will be speaking about TorreyaKeepers
  • Arbor Day at Wakulla Springs on January 19th
  • Maclay Gardens workday on January 20th
  • Upsy Daisy plant restoration on January 25th
  • TorreyaKeepers is now an official project of the Florida Native Plant Society sponsored by Magnolia Chapter
  • TorreyaKeepers will assist Atlanta Botanical Gardens when they return in January - volunteer oppurtunities
  • Volunteers needed for Wolf Creek Trout Lilly Preserve and Lost Creek Forest
See below for additional details...
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Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum Workday

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Upsy Daisy Plant Rescue Society

Plant restoration on Bike Trail on January 25th

We will be restoring the plants that were removed along the bike trail during August 2017 back along the bike trail on January 25, 2019. Stay tuned for further details...

TorreyaKeepers Update #1

TorreyaKeepers is now an official project of FNPS!

TorreyaKeepers Update #2

Atlanta Botanical Gardens coming in January

Atlanta Botanical Gardens (ABG) is in the process of finalizing their plans for return trips during the middle and end of January. They are building a priority list of trees to target for drone work during the middle of January. The priority list focuses on 420 marked trees that they do not have cuttings from at ABG. They prioritized these first so that they can potentially get cuttings from them at the end of the month to ensure they have as much potential genetic diversity in the safeguarding collection in case the plants will not survive. They are hoping to visit all 420 trees on the list via drones and take photos of them to assess the condition. They will take the pictures and rank them for prioritizing their efforts at the end of January.  If the trees are crushed, they will be bumped to the top of the list. They are also working on making a separate list of the Torreya trees they already have cuttings from so that when they finish with the initial 420 trees, they can focus on taking pictures of the rest of the trees and prioritize them. Stay tuned for further details... There may be opportunities for volunteers during a tentative time frame of January 25th  - February 8th.

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve 

Volunteers are needed to lead tours at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve during the bloom in February. Most visitors know very little about the natural world, so any Magnolian qualifies. Training materials on The Preserve will be provided. This is a rewarding opportunity to share your love of nature and this very special place with the public, adults and children alike. Don't be shy, the folks are really appreciative. FSU students welcome.

Lost Creek Forest 

Volunteers leaders are needed for specialized programs at Lost Creek Forest in Thomas County Georgia. This is an old growth hardwood slope forest and wetlands where you could share your knowledge and love for your special interest in the natural world, for example natural communities, geology, trees, fungi, soils, streams, photography, insects, herps, primitive skills, medicinal plants, children's activities, whatever your special interest is. You do not have to be an expert,  the public appreciates any sharing you have to offer. It is certainly part of our FNPS mission to get more folks out into the woods and learning from us. 
Also if you are a member of any group who enjoys forest walks, Beth Grant would be more than happy to offer a walk at Lost Creek Forest. Think scouts, children's classes, civic groups, garden clubs, adult classes, hiking clubs, musicians , artists ,  poets, your family and friends, any group of interested folks who love to be out in a natural forest.

Get involved with volunteer workday opportunities...

Angus Gholson Nature Park - contact Diana Picklesimer at

Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum - contact Ann Johnson at

Milkweed initiative - check Facebook - Monarch-Milkweed-Initiative@st. marks nwr

TorreyaKeepers - contact Leigh Brooks at

Upsy Daisy Plant Rescue Society - contact Gail Fishman at

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, Lost Creek Forest, and Cherokee Pollinator Garden - contact Beth Grant at

Upcoming Magnolia Chapter Programs for 2019

January 3rd - Houston Snead - The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem and Conservation of a Rare Orchid - Platanthera chapmanii, Chapman's Fringed Orchid

February 7th - Peter Kleinhenz - Botanizing by Phone: Using iNaturalist to Learn, Document and Conserve Florida's Wildflowers

March 7th - Kevin Hiers - How Fine Scale Fire Behavior Maintains Biodiversity in Southern Pine Ecosystems

April 4th - Harley Means - Our Local Surficial Geology Dissected: How Surficial Geology Affects Ravine Development

May 2nd - Craig Huegel - Roots and How They Work

For additional and updated details about the Thursday evening programs and the accompanying field trips, please refer to our chapter's website calendar page.
Meeting schedule: 1st Thursday of the month from September through May. Come to socialize at 7:00, chapter meeting at 7:30, and program at 7:45 PM.

Meeting Place: King Building on the FSU Campus (319 Stadium Drive) Room 1024 – Free evening campus parking at the parking garage south of the King Building off Stadium Drive, or the parking lot east of the King Building following Psychology Way south from Call Street. Room 1024 is at the back of the King Building - see campus map at for meeting location.
All meetings are free and open to the public.

Other Events

Friends of the Apalachicola National Forest: Facebook

Sarracenia Chapter: Facebook

Hairstreak Chapter of NABA: Calendar 

Apalachee Audubon : Calendar 

Monarch-Milkweed Initiative: Facebook

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