2020 Conference


40 years of Celebrating Native Florida

Adam W. Herbert University Center

12000 Alumni Drive
Jacksonville, Fl 32224
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Join us for Florida’s premier event focusing on the preservation, conservation and restoration of our natural lands, ecosystems, and local communities.  The 40th annual conference of the Florida Native Plant Society is focusing on “40 Years of Celebrating Native Florida” and will be held May 14 – 17, 2020 at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville.  Please share the news about this important conference with your colleagues and neighbors.  Customized opportunities are available for sponsors, exhibitors, and vendors.

Live Painting

For the first time ever we will have an artist live-painting during the event and the painting will be available at the auction.

Kate Dolamore is a self taught artist who grew up in the woods of Central Florida, homeschooled, spending her time creating art and exploring outside. Her main inspiration has always been nature, and in 2010 she started doing the field guide paintings in order to become better at identifying birds. This collection of paintings has since gone far beyond birds and continues to grow.

She still resides in Florida and continues to explore. With the endless inspiration that nature supplies, she creates watercolor paintings using tiny paintbrushes for fine details and careful research for accuracy, albeit giving the animals and birds a friendly smile and a twinkle to their eye.

This is an example of Kate's style in her daily nature journal.
There is something for everyone at this conference, including:
  • Amazing speakers on a wide range of subjects:  major conservation initiatives, restoration projects, public policy, and regional initiatives (Friday and Saturday)
  • 20 great field trips with knowledgeable guides to exciting, out-of-the-ordinary natural places (Thursday and Sunday)
  • HUGE native plant sale on Friday and Saturday - multi vendor - open to the public
  • Free workshops in the native plant sale area!
  • Cutting-edge research 
  • Current issues in restoration and conservation 
  • Landscaping for homeowners and urban planners 
  • Sumptuous meals (including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free)
  • Networking and advocacy opportunities

Conference Co-hosted by:

University of North Florida Environmental Center