Citizen Science and Habitat Restoration

  • pitcher plants
    Pitcher plants (Saracennia flava)
  • Tarflower (Bejaria racemosa)
  • Imperilled Broward scrub
  • Milkweed map
  • Planting natives at Lake Louisa State Park
  • Cigar orchid (Cyrtopodiuim punctatum)
  • Secret Woods Nature Center
  • Collecting seed for restoration
  • Tagged monarch butterfly
  • Trout lily preserve
  • Map of rare species along roadsides
  • St. Andrews State Park

FNPS members across the state bring expertise for a broad array conservation projects:

  • seed collection for restoration projects
  • propagation of plants for restoration projects
  • monitoring of plant populations
  • native plant surveys and floristic inventories
  • invasive plant species removal
  • prescribed fire
  • plant rescues from sites slated for development

Our partners include Florida State Parks, Florida Water Management Districts, Florida Forest Service, Orlando International Airport, county and city parks, local nature preserves, private landowners, Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Association of Native Nurseries, and many more.

Restoration Projects


Beginning in January 2018, major restoration projects began at a number of public properties. The plants and seeds were all collected at nearby sites slated for development.  Numerous plant rescues have taken place and have conserved 10s of thousands of plants and populations of more than…


Land Acquisition and Preservation Project


The Longleaf pine ecosystem once encompassed 90 million acres and spread from Texas to the Carolinas.  Despite being reduced to fewer than 3 million acres, the remaining lands still contain some of the most diverse plant and animal communities in the world.  The Florida Native Plant Society…


TorreyaKeepers Project


The Florida Panhandle is home to the most endangered conifer in North America: Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia).  The Florida Torreya is a Federally Endangered tree that only occurs in the ravines east of the Apalachicola River in Liberty and Gadsden counties.  Unfortunately, this area…


Rare Species Mapping Project


We are documenting occurrences of Florida’s rare plant species throughout the state, especially those in the path of development or that are located within road right-of-ways and utility easements.  This is important because many companies and contractors have begun using herbicide in place of…


Milkweed Mapping Project


Under the leadership of FNPS Conservation Committee member Scott Davis, we are documenting occurrences of Florida’s native milkweed (Asclepias) species throughout the state.  Many of our milkweed species are important hosts for monarch butterflies.  Mr. Davis has documented 21 native milkweed…


Projects by Region


The FNPS Conservation Committee and members throughout the state are working to restore our public lands and conserve the genetic diversity in our native plant populations.  This work benefits people and all living organisms that depend on our native plants, plant communities and Florida’s natural lands for survival.  

North Florida


Wolf Creen Trout Lily Preserve On the second Tuesday of each month, a volunteer group from the Magnolia Chapter works at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve to remove invasive plants, including privet, Japanese climbing fern, Japanese honeysuckle, and Nandina. This 140 acre property in Grady County, Georgia…


Central Florida


Sandhill Habitat Restoration Our members are working on numerous Sandhill habitat restoration projects with our partners throughout central Florida. Projects are located at Lake Louisa State Park, St. John’s River Water Management District, Oakland Nature Preserve, Mead Gardens, Lake County Parks…


South Florida


South Florida Rare Species Conservation Partnerships Much of our focus in south Florida is on critically endangered plant communities such as Pine Rocklands and Scrub. Because so many of the lands supporting these plant communities have been lost to development, many of the plant species native to these…