Meetings and Events

Our meetings are notorious for intriguing topics and a great light supper. If you want to meet the "who's who" in Hernando County or just learn all about native plants come to our general meetings. We look forward to meeting you!

Our regular monthly meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the first Monday of the month. Arrive at 6:30 for a light meal and socializing.

Please note: Our  meetings are currently held at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville FL 34601 -  Click here for map

Our calendar (scroll down) features our and other like-minded organizations activities working to preserve and restore Florida's native plant communities. Educational programs will help you learn about native plants, both in the wild and in landscapes.


Monday, April 1st 2019, 6:30 pm
Chinsegut Hill Retreat

Tree-killing Insects in Florida: Present and Future

by Jeffrey Eickwort, Entomologist and Supervisor, Forest Health Services, Florida Forest Service

Most animals on earth are insects; it is no wonder they are a key component of forest ecosystems, often determining their health. In this  program we will learn how insect species interact with the trees in our forests and their impacts on these systems over time.

About our speaker: Jeff Eickwort is the Forest Entomologist and supervisor of the Florida Forest Service’s Forest Health Section (FH), where he has been working since 2004. The FH Section specializes in pests, diseases, and invasive plants that affect forests and shade trees, and provides identifications/diagnoses, management recommendations, training and education, and other services to a variety of stakeholders throughout the state. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Florida.

Location: Our meetings and public programs are held at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville FL 34601 -  Refreshments and mingling at 6:30pm, program starts at 7:00pm. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Our Partners

Florida Native Plant Society
Throughout the state, our 30+ Chapters are hosting programs and fieldtrips that are open to the public, and feature the hallmark focus on our mission: conservation, preservation and restoration of the "Real Florida." Visit the FNPS website to explore the state-wide calendar.

Hernando Audubon Society
The Hernando Audubon Society's Web Site has event and activity information!  Go to: Hernando Audubon Home Page.

Chinsegut Conservation Center
Florida Fish; Wildlife Conservation Commission, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (Route 476), Brooksville, FL.   Go to Chinsegut Events 

 Entomologist Jeffrey Eickwort is our region's expert on Forest Health.