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Seek and Destroy! Phipps Park Invasive Plant Education and Removal Program

GET GREAT EXERCISE & LEARN HOW TO — Seek & Destroy Coral Ardisia and Other Exotic Invasive Plants.    For camaraderie, fun, healthy exercise, and the satisfaction of doing something good for the environment, consider participating in this event, which is part of a series of sessions for everyone--all ages--interested in the outdoors.  Learn the importance of addressing the problem of invasive plants, with a particular focus on Coral Ardisia (CA), which is currently smothering much of the understory of this beautiful park and many other areas throughout Florida and Georgia.

This event will be a 1-2 mile interpretative (slow) hike during which you will learn, via hands-on work (great exercise!), how to remove  CA,  followed by lunch (provided*).  Experts from  local chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Florida Trail association, along with the Northwest Florida Water Management District, The Nature Conservancy,  and the City of Tallahassee will be on hand to teach you how to identify at least 4 species of exotic invasive plants that can be found there, different methods for removing them safely, and how to distinguish them from native plants. 

Lunch provided.  At lunch (~30 min),  there will be more discussion about why this effort is important, how you can help in different ways appropriate for different activities (e.g., hiking, cycling, walking, your own back yard), how to report invasive plant sightings (  If time, you will also learn more about this beautiful park: its rare butterflies, bluebird boxes, artifacts, history, and the Red Hills Horse Trials.

Bring water, bug spray, garden/work gloves, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking.  Bring a clipper and/or a shovel (pointed type is best) if you own them. 

Questions?  Contact Karen Berkley (850)[masked], [masked]m

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  • Jennifer S.

    Very informative. Great exercise, and a tasty lunch!

    March 16, 2014

  • Jennifer S.

    My husband and I kept hitting the snooze button this morning, but GPS says we'll be there at 9:41. See you soon!

    March 15, 2014

  • Bill

    Not certain I will make it to this, but where precisely will we meet?

    March 14, 2014

    • Karen B.

      Hi Selina: Will miss you! But thanks for the heads-up.. karen

      March 15, 2014

    • Bill E.

      Sorry, I can not make this one as well.

      March 15, 2014

  • shelley

    work calls, sorry have to miss this one

    March 15, 2014

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