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.

March 6, 2017 
Mycorrhizae: Symbiotic Fungi
and their Ecological Roles

by Arian Farid, Graduate Student

Along with plants and animals, fungi are one of the Kingdoms of life on Earth. To people who know only the  mushroom, this is a mysterious hidden kingdom. However nearly all plants rely on fungal filaments to improve their root system's nutrient and water absorption.

Our program will provide an overview of fungi and mycorrhizae (aka fungi with a mutually beneficial relationship relationships with plants). Arian Farid, a student of fungi, will reveal their importance in evolution of plants, and show how most plants today still have these associations. You'll learn about the different kinds of mycorrhizae, as well as how they work.  

Monthly meetings and programs of the Hernando Chapter are held on the first Monday of the month unless there is a holiday, and are open to the public, free of charge. Join us at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601.   
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 


About our Speaker: Arian Farid holds a BS in Environmental Science and Policy from USF, and is currently engaged in graduate studies in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida. His research interests include systematics and biogeography of fleshy fungi. He also performs field work and data entry at the USF Herbarium.