Schedule

Tues 10/30

Evening Social at the Kampong (FULL)

Weds 10/31

Tropical Botany Conference

Thurs 11/1

Pine Rockland Conference

Fri 11/2

Local field trips, Evening Social at Pine Ridge

Sat 11/3

CTPN Meeting & Private land workshop

Sun 11/4

Keys field trip (FULL)

Note: Events marked "FULL" are at capacity; registering for them is no longer possible.

October 30 (Tuesday) - Evening reception at The Kampong - (6 pm to 8 pm) - FULL

Tuesday evening, conference attendees are invited to an evening reception at The Kampong, part of the National Tropical Botanic Garden and the former home of Dr. David Fairchild. The evening includes a tour of the garden. Complimentary paella will be served; guests should bring their own beverages. The Kampong is located at 4013 South Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133. Please carpool if possible. Cars should enter through the black gate on the east side of S Douglas Road, just south of the intersection with Main Hwy (i.e., just north of the red Kampong entrance gate). For directions, click here or please call 305-442-7169. Limit 100 attendees.

October 31 (Wednesday) - International Tropical Plant Symposium - (10 am to 5:30 pm)

This full day of presentations focusing on tropical plant biology will be held in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's "Garden House" auditorium. Arrive at 9:30 for coffee and snacks; the presentations will begin at 10am. Fairchild’s address is 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156. Attendees should park in Fairchild's lowlands. The gate to this overflow parking area is at the north end of the garden’s Visitor Center. Allow 10 minutes to walk from your car to the conference room. Guests requiring a golf cart should request assistance at the Visitor Center upon arrival. The garden’s normal admission fee will be waived for all registered conference guests.

November 1 (Thursday) - Pine Rockland Conference - (10 am to 5:30 pm)

This full day of presentations focusing on restoration of pine rocklands will be held in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's "Garden House" auditorium. Arrive at 9:30 for coffee and snacks; the presentations will begin at 10am. Fairchild’s address is 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156. Attendees should park in Fairchild's lowlands. The gate to this overflow parking area is at the north end of the garden’s Visitor Center. Allow 10 minutes to walk from your car to the conference room. Guests requiring a golf cart should request assistance at the Visitor Center upon arrival. The garden’s normal admission fee will be waived for all registered conference guests.

November 2 (Friday) - Local field trips* and Evening Social

Conference attendees will have their choice of two concurrent field trip options. See the Conference Map page for locations. Further details will be provided during the conference.

"A" Field Trips

10:00 - Seminole Wayside Park

Noon - Lunch

1:15 - Camp Owaissa Bauer and OB Addition

3:30 - University of Florida TREC

5:00 - End

"B" Field Trips (FULL)

8:00 - Everglades National Park

Noon - Lunch

1:45 - Navy Wells Pineland Preserve

3:30 - Florida City Pineland Preserve

5:00 - End

Evening Social

From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the November 2nd evening social will be hosted by Barbara and Terry Glancy of Pine Ridge Sanctuary in Homestead. Terry says: "it has been close to 3 years since our last prescribed burn and Florida Forestry Service (FFS) has sent down a mitigation team to look at our Pine Rockland for a possible prescribed burn this summer. So, visitors will either see a Pineland ready for a prescribed burn on its normal 3-year cycle or will see our Pineland shortly after a burn. Either way will be informative for maintenance / exotic pest plant control / pine regeneration and growth rates OR for ecosystem re-growth following a prescribed burn. Personally, I hope for a break in all the rain so we can schedule a burn!" Meet in front of the home at 21100 SW 300th Street at 5:30. Please park in the grassy area outside the gate and walk in. If you get lost, call Terry’s cell phone: 305-796-0067.

November 3 (Saturday) - Private landowners workshop and Connect to Protect Network meeting and field trips

Private Landowner Workshop

This workshop for landowners of private pine rocklands will be led by George Gann of The Institute for Regional Conservation. This will be an opportunity to voice what you need to manage your pine rockland. Together, the group will brainstorm about how to connect landowners with the resources they need. 4pm to 6pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in South Miami (in conjunction with Connect to Protect Network).

Connect to Protect Annual Meeting

We are still finalizing details for this afternoon event (check back for updates), but we will likely have one or more presentations, updates on recent and coming changes to CTPN, a hands-on plant activity, and a visit to Trinity Pineland. 2pm to 6pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in South Miami, and nearby Trinity Pineland Preserve.

November 4 (Sunday) - Field trip* to National Key Deer Refuge (FULL)

Travel to the lower Keys to learn about pine rockland conservation efforts in this unique setting. Scientists and practitioners will have a discussion about pine rockland ecology and species that depend on this ecosystem while guiding you through Lower Keys pine rocklands. There will be examples of pine rocklands in various stages of restoration, how the system is recovering from wildfire, and efforts to restore pine rockland dependent species.

8:00 - Depart from Miami

11:00 – National Key Deer Refuge

Noon – Lunch

1:00 - Big Pine Key/upper Keys sites

5:00 - Travel back to Miami, optional stop for dinner


*Field Trip Safety

Field trip attendees are strongly encouraged to wear long pants and close-toed shoes and to bring at least one bottle of water. We also recommend long sleeves, a hat, and sunblock. The high temperature in South Florida in October and November are typically in the mid to upper 80s.