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2017 Florida Wildflower Symposium (scroll down for event details)
From  Fri, September 22, 2017 at 7:30AM (Eastern)
To  Sat, September 23, 2017 at 4:00PM
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Symposium registration (FWF member rate) [+] 09/20/2017 $45.00
Member-price admission to the Florida Wildflower Symposium. Includes some Friday field trips (additional fees apply for some trips), Friday afternoon presentations and Saturday (full day) sessions.
Symposium registration (Non-member rate) [+] 09/20/2017 $60.00
Non-member admission to the Florida Wildflower Symposium. Includes Friday afternoon presentations and Saturday (full day)sessions. Additional fees required for field trips.
Friday field trip: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (FWF Member rate) [+] 09/20/2017 FREE
Member ticket; symposium registration required Start time: 10 a.m. Duration: 90 min. This is an easy walk on a paved trail. Participants will be outdoors for the duration of the tour.
Friday field trip: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (Non-member) [+] 09/20/2017 $10.00
Member ticket Start time: 10 a.m. Duration: 90 min. This is an easy walk on a paved trail. Participants will be outdoors for the duration of the tour.
Friday field trip: Seminole State Forest Warea Tract (FWF member rate) [+] SOLD OUT 09/20/2017 FREE
Member ticket; symposium registration required Start: 7:30a.m. Duration: 4 hours, including lunch stop This moderate hike will take participants through uneven terrain and sugar sand. It is a scrub habitat, so expect little to no shade.
Friday field trip: Seminole State Forest Warea Tract (Non-member rate) [+] SOLD OUT 09/20/2017 $10.00
Non-member ticket Start: 7:30a.m. Duration: 4 hours, including lunch stop This moderate hike will take participants through uneven terrain and sugar sand. It is a scrub habitat, so expect little to no shade.
Friday field trip: Wekiwa Springs State Park (FWF member rate) [+] SOLD OUT 09/20/2017 FREE
Member ticket; symposium registration required Start: 9a.m. Duration: 2-2.5 hours This will be more of a slow meander rather than a walk, but it will be through uneven terrain.
Friday field trip: Wekiwa Springs Sate Park (Non-member rate) [+] SOLD OUT 09/20/2017 $10.00
Non-member ticket Start: 9a.m. Duration: 2-2.5 hours This will be more of a slow meander rather than a walk, but it will be through uneven terrain.
SOLD OUT: Wildflower Propagation Workshop [+] SOLD OUT 09/20/2017 FREE
Symposium registration required SPACE IS LIMITED. Please do not sign up unless you are certain you will attend.
WAITING LIST: Wildflower Propagation Workshop  FREE
SOLD OUT: Establishing Wildflowers from Seed Workshop [+] SOLD OUT 09/20/2017 FREE
Symposium registration required SPACE IS LIMITED. Please do not sign up unless you are certain you will attend. This is a 30-min presentation inside followed by a hands-on demonstration outside.
WAITING LIST: Establishing Wildflowers from Seed Workshop  FREE
Become a FWF member now - Student/Senior (ages 65 and up)  $15.00
Become a FWF member now - Individual  $25.00
Become a FWF member now - Household  [+] $45.00
Membership for two or more people residing in the same household
Become a FWF member now - Business/Contributor  $100.00
Become a FWF member now - Sustaining [+] $250.00
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EVENT DETAILS

**Symposium registration is required for all field trips, workshops, guided walks and presentations.**

Friday morning field trips

Pre-registration is required for all field trips. Start times, fees and participation requirements vary. Details will be available when registration opens.

  • Enjoy a leisurely tour of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Participants will see the Center’s non-releasable resident raptors and hear stories about the birds while learning about Florida’s natural history and Audubon’s conservation efforts. (Click here for details, including start time, duration, fees and participation requirements.)
  • Experience the wildflowers of Wekiva Springs State Park with biologist and native plant nursery owner Nancy Bissett(Click here for details, including start time, duration, fees and participation requirements.)
  • Todd Angel of the Florida Forestry Service will lead a hike through the Seminole State Forest Warea Tract to see the rare, endemic and endangered Clasping warea in bloom. Scrub morning glory, Lewton's milkwort, Britton's beargrass and other wildflowers should be on display as well. This is the southern tract of Seminole State Forest, located in Lake County. (Click here for details, including start time, duration, fees and participation requirements.)
  • Paddle Rock Springs Run, a tributary of the Wekiva River, with adventure guide Lars Andersen of Adventure Outpost. (Click here for details, including start time, duration, fees and participation requirements. Must register by 9/17/17. No refunds will be issued after this date.)
  • Take a buggy ride through the Florida Forever tract with Steve Morrison(Click here for details, including start time, duration, fees and participation requirements. Must register by 9/17/17. No refunds will be issued after this date.)

Friday afternoon topical presentations

  • Mike Orlando, bear biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will present “Be Bear Wise,” a discussion about human-bear interactions and the wildlife corridor, including what to do if you see a bear in your neighborhood and how best to keep your family, pets and property safe.
  • WMFE's environmental reporter, Amy Green, will update us on the state of the Everglades and talk about her forthcoming book on this important and fragile ecosystem.  
  • St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman will provide a virtual tour of the St. John's River, and will discuss the environmental challenges it faces, as well as share tips on how to save Florida's longest river. 

Friday evening social

Join us at Bar Louie from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and lively conversation. Bar Louie is an eclectic, urban restaurant located just minutes from the Orange County UF/IFAS Extension. Ticket includes buffet-style appetizers and one drink ticket good for soda, domestic beer or house wine. Vegan/vegetarian options will be available.
 
Saturday presentations and workshops 

  • Humans live in a world visually dominated by plants, yet their ability to notice and name individual plant species is often limited. Elisabeth Schussler will give the keynote presentation on “Helping People See Plants in a Plant Blind World."
  • Dr. Loran Anderson will introduce us to some of the different “Seed Dispersal Strategies” that wildflowers have developed over millions of years, taking advantage of wind, rain, sun and various animal interactions.
  • Firefighter and Florida Forest Service volunteer Todd Angel will introduce us to “Florida’s Fire Flowers,” and discuss the necessity of fire to many of Florida’s endemic wildflowers and its relationship to threatened and endangered species.
  • Dr. Jaret Daniels of the University of Florida will update us on “Butterfly Conservation Efforts in Florida.”
  • Go behind the scenes of “Flip My Florida Yard” with producer and adventurer Chad Crawford.
  • Jonnie Dietz of the Florida Museum of Natural History will show us some of Florida's native pollinators.
  • Learn “How to Talk With Your Neighbors About Your Native Plant Landscape” with Russ Hoffman, former psychologist and owner of Beautiful Ponds. Russ will offer practical dialogue and simple maintenance techniques to improve the neighborly atmosphere.
  • Discover “Sex in the Garden” with Dr. Craig Heugel.
  • Nature photographer Dr. Steven Long will take us on “A Photographic Journey of Florida’s Rare Flowering Plants.”
  • Dr. Hector Perez of the University of Florida will present "Sow what?! Why seed biology research matters for plant conservation."
  • Jennifer Reinoso of the American Orchid Society will present “Protecting Sacoila lanceolata.” Learn the plant’s history, efforts to protect it and which wildflowers and butterflies share the same spaces.
  • FWF Executive Director Lisa Roberts will give an overview of the Foundation's work and current projects.
  • Dr. Walter Taylor is going “All Yellow,” highlighting the yellow wildflowers of Florida and giving special consideration to the ones that are difficult to identify.
  • Bruce Turley, owner of Wilcox Nursery & Landscape, will discuss the latest trends and opportunities in native wildflowers and other landscape plants.
  • Florida Wildflower Foundation president Terry Zinn will provide guidelines on how to have a "Successful Large-Scale Wildflower Planting."

Saturday workshops

  • Dr. Jeff Norcini will present the concepts and simple steps for "Establishing a Small Wildflower Meadow from Seed," then demonstrate the process in the UF/IFAS Extension's new wildflower meadow. (Pre-registration is required as space is limited.)
  • Learn the basics of native plant propagation with Claudia Larsen of Micanopy Wildflowers. (Pre-registration is required as space is limited.)

Saturday guided walks

  • Take a tour of the UF/IFAS Extensions gardens with extension agent Kelly Greer
  • Search for butterflies with Dr. Jaret Daniels.

Native plant sale

Saturday's native plant sale will feature a selection of plants adapted to Florida's unique environment. Find the perfect additions for your landscape or garden.


Need a hotel?

Hyatt Place Orlando Airport, 5435 Forbes Place, Orlando, FL 32812 (Map)
(2 miles from UF/IFAS Extension)
407-816-7800 or 888-492-8847 

Florida Wildflower Foundation group room rate of $94 per room applies. 
Mention Group code G-FLOW. Must book by Aug. 20, 2017.

Rate includes breakfast, onsite parking and WiFi. Complimentary shuttle service to/from the symposium available.

Holiday Inn Express Orlando Airport7900 S. Conway Rd., Orlando, FL 32812 (Map)
(1.5 miles from UF/IFAS Extension)
407-581-7900
Florida Wildflower Foundation group room rate of $89 per room applies.
Mention code FWP. Must book by Aug. 20, 2017.

Rate includes breakfast, onsite parking and WiFi. Newly renovated rooms.

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