Phipps Park Invasive Exotics Education and Volunteer Program. This program is a series of hands-on education and volunteer events organized by the Florida Trail Association (FTA) and Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) and taking place in Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park. Each session involves working in a selected test area of the Park. Learn how to identify and safely eradicate coral ardisia and other exotic invasive plants--wherever you hike or use trails--from FNPS experts. In addition, Brian Pelc will demonstrate EDDMaps data entry in the field. If you have a mobile device you can downoad the app beforehand: http://apps.bugwood.org/seedn.html .
The activity begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Meridian trailhead and ends at 12:30 p.m. Enter the park at 4000 N. Meridian Rd. (Youth Sports Complex / baseball fields); the trailhead is located 0.1 mile in, on the left. [Map: http://firstname.lastname@example.org,-84.278480]
Bring water, bug spray, and gardening work gloves. Wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Although some tools will be provided, please bring a clipper, shovel (pointed type is best), and/or root jack, if you own them. Lunch provided. No pets. Note that this activity is not appropriate if you are severely allergic to poison ivy. IvyBlock barrier cream will be provided for those who wish to use it.
Co-Leader: Linda Patton. Contact: Karen Berkley [masked] [masked] or Mike Jenkins [masked] [masked]