Enchanted Forest To Hosts Florida Wildflower Symposim

By  //  September 5, 2013

event set for sept. 27

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BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – What do wildflowers, bats, butterflies, archaeology, herbs, fire and fungus have in common, all will be featured topics at the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s (FWF) 2013 Florida Wildflower Symposium and Annual Meeting this month at the Enchanted Forest Preserve, Titusville.

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary’s giant screen room is a venue that allows us to talk about nature while experiencing its beauty. (flawildflowers.org image)

The symposium, presented in close partnership with Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and Friends of the Enchanted Forest, features two days of fun and learning about Florida’s native ecosystems, plants, animals and organisms.

It kicks off Friday, Sept. 27, with field trips to three of Brevard County’s natural jewels – Sams House at Pine Island Sanctuary, Merritt Island; Dicerandra Scrub Preserve, Titusville; and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville.

FWF’s annual meeting and dinner that evening at Dixie Crossroads will feature keynote speaker Xavier Cortada, Florida International University’s artist in residence, who will give a presentation on his FLOR 500 project, which is boosting awareness of the beauty of Florida’s wildflowers throughout the state.

fws-180Workshops, presentations and walks at the Enchanted Forest Preserve in Titusville are planned for Saturday, Sept. 28. Experts will cover Florida’s wildflowers, bats, butterflyscaping, use of native herbs, fire ecology, and more. Guided walks will introduce participants to the forest’s wildflowers, ecosystems and archaeology. with experts or sign up for nature journaling and wildflower propagation workshops.

Friday field trips are $10 for FWF members and $15 for non-members. Saturday’s activities are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.