Serving Suwannee, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette and Taylor Counties.

Sparkleberry Chapter meetings are held at 6:30 pm  on the

2nd Tuesday of each month, except July and August,

at Hatch Park, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, 32008.                                

Our monthly programs are free and open to the public. 


Officers & Committee Chairs - 2017

President:   Jenny Welch, flnaturegirl@outlook
Vice President:  L
auren McFarland,  lauren@ilcs.net
Secretary:  Gayle Hewlett
Treasurer:  Cyndi Sandlin,  csan1952@gmail.com
Chapter Representative:  Carol Sullivan,  csullivan12@windstream.net

Conservation Chair:  Carolyn Saft,  csaft318@ufl.edu
Program Coordinator:  Helen Whitley,  hpwhitley49@gmail.com
Membership Chair:  
Carol Sullivan,  csullivan12@windstream.net
Publicity Chair:  Helen Whitley,  hpwhitley49@gmail.com

Plan to attend our monthly meetings - bring a friend
or neighbor - all are welcome!



6/12/18 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL 32008

“Alien Invaders of State Parks”, by Teri Graves-McKinstry
As a Park Services Specialist, specializing in Resource Management, at Big Shoals State Park, Teri is responsible for the exotic invasive plant program at Big Shoals, along with Olustee Battlefield, and Stephen Foster State Park.  Her job, among many other things, involves monitoring and implementing control of the invasive species that continually plague these areas.  Other duties of Resource Management at Big Shoals include coordinating and working as crew for prescribed and wildfires, nuisance animal removal, hydrological reports, cultural resource monitoring, and anything else that might fits “Resources”.  Along with sharing some of her job  experiences, Teri will have samples of some of the problem species she deals with on a daily basis.  You will have the opportunity to see and handle some invasive species that are thriving on public lands in our area.

Invasive species, both plant and animal, are taking their toll on Florida at an enormous cost to us as taxpayers.  They are altering our fragile ecosystems by causing erosion and sheet flow disturbance, demise of so many of our native plants and the animal species that rely on them for food and shelter, depleting soil nutrients, and many more.  All of us can help by learning how to recognize the invasives and removing them from our own properties so that seeds and/or portions of the plant are not carried to other locations by wind, flood, birds, animals, machines, your clothing, or any other means.  What better way to recognize them than to see a live specimen!


9/11/18 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL 32008

Growing Native Wildflowers from seed - hands-on workshop.  More information to follow soon.

9/26/18 - Wednesday - Field Trip to Wildflowers of Florida, Inc.
- 27715 NW 107th Street, Alachua, FL 32615

This is the farm we visited last fall that grows many native wildflowers and grasses.  It was such a big hit last year, even though most of the crops had already gone to seed, it is being rescheduled again this year a little earlier in the fall in hopes of seeing the plants in bloom. 

Time and information for getting together to carpool or caravan to the farm will be available soon.

10/11/18 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Par
k Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL 32008

Published on  June 7th, 2018