Sea Rocket's monthly meetings are held at The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary,
444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780. Phone: 321-264-5185
There is no General meeting in August, 2017
Sea Rocket monthly meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm. Please email Lois Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting information:.
All Sea Rocket meetings and activities are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Sea Rocket Chapter serves north and central Brevard County from Scottsmoor to Rockledge and east to Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.
REMINDER! The Sea Rocket Chapter does not meet in July and August; full programs resume in September.
The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society ~ Sea Rocket Chapter is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida, primarily through education and community outreach.
Monthly guest speakers provide programs on a variety of topics relevant to the mission of the Sea Rocket Chapter. Please view the current Sea Rocket newsletter for program information.
Monthly field trips to conservation lands in central Florida are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. View upcoming field trip information in the current Sea Rocket newsletter.
Sea Rocket Chapter volunteers maintain a native plant nursery and sell plants to the public at events throughout the year; for information on volunteer work email Lois Harris at email@example.com.
Recent improvements to our nursery
Date Line 11-11-16
Whew! The prototype water table has been completed. The table stands about 4 ft. high. It is 4 ft wide by 8 ft long, and 1 inch deep. The 1 inch is the allowed water level that will keep the plants moist. Why water from the bottom? The ground water we use at the nursery is full of iron. When we water the plants the iron deposits coat the leaves, cutting out the sun, thus killing the plants. By watering from the bottom the leaves will not get coated with iron oxide, and the plants will hopefully thrive. This table is a prototype to test the feasibility of following on with this method. The table is level within reason, the plastic is solid, and the plants are drinking, as required.
Today, 11-10-16, I saw "Nursery Nan" back in her burrow. I call her "Nan" because I've been told she is a girl tort. She was gone for a couple months but thankfully has returned.
11/16 A recent addition to our Nursery is the "Water table". The reason for this table is because of the ground water quality we use to water our plants. Originally our water quality was poor at 3600 ppm salt. Many of our plants could not tolerate this level of salinity. The Board decided to sink another well, about 60 feet for salt free water. We did, and we got salt free water, BUT it was loaded with iron. O.K, I thought, not a problem. Not so, heavy iron content as we have is a problem. It coats the leaves of our plants with iron stain and cuts off the sun from their photosynthesis factories. No photosynthesis, no life. We were losing our plants to an artificial night. The object with this table is to have the plants sitting in water, maybe one inch layer of it. No water will coat the leaves. But will water from beneath
4/16 The temperatures can get pretty high in the greenhouse, which is not good for the young and tender sprouts and rehabilitating plants the greenhouse is expected to house. We had shade cloth for over a year, but it too succumbed to the brutal Florida sun. Nothing we did seemed to tame the brutal heat built up in this structure. Sea Rocket abandoned use of the greenhouse idea. Eventually the County sold it and put in a storage building.
The Sea Rocket Chapter display and native plant sales at Earth Day Family Fun Festivals in Titusville's Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary.
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& THINGS TO DO
|Note: All future plans can change presently. If in doubt, verify the date and times are accurate. Page numbers below refer to the newsletter.
||GUIDED NATURE HIKES 10:00am the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Bring hat, water and walking shoes. Groups of 5 or more, please RSVP. For more information, please call 321-264-5185.
||FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Nursery Workday—9am-12noon, email Lois at firstname.lastname@example.org for further info and schedule.
||Build a Bat-house, at Sams House, Presented by Shari Blissett-Clark of Florida Bat Conservancy 1:00pm-4: 00 pm Bring the family and work together to build your very own bat house. Learn how to properly install your new house in your yard, Cost for this workshop is $40.00 for materials. Registration is required. Please bring a battery powered drill. Please call 321-449-4720 to reserve your spot!
||FTA— Tosohatchee Loop Trail meet at Lone Cabbage Fish Camp on Hwy 50 and the St. Johns River at 8:30 am. $3.00 per car entry fee applies.
||FTA— Doris Leeper Trail. Meet at the west entrance of Lowe's parking lot at I95 and Hwy 50 in Titusville at 8:30 am.
||Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future. An Audubon Society conference. Meeting at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave Vero Beach. Online registration at www.pelicanislandaudubon.org
||Butterfly Garden Workday from 9 AM till 12 PM. Volunteers are working in the various butterfly gardens around the kiosk at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Bring water, hat, gloves, and stable shoes.
||FTA— Tosohatchee South. Meet at Lone Cabbage Fish Camp on Hwy 50 and the St. Johns River at 8:30
||Sea Rocket General Meeting at the Enchanted Forest. Refreshments at 6:30 pm. We are happy to have Rebecca Bolt speaking to us on Gopher Tortoises.
||21st Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Eastern Florida State College in Titusville. Discover why Florida's Space Coast is your launch pad to incredible nature-based experiences. See why it is one of the largest birding & wildlife festivals in the United States.
||Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area, 75th Anniversary Event. Sea Rocket will participate in an Outreach Only.
||FTA— De Leon Springs Trail, meet at the west entrance of Lowe's parking lot at I-95 and Hwy 50 in Titusville at 8:30 am.
|Please send calendar items to David Humphrey at email@example.com
|For a comprehensive view of Sea Rocket activities go to www.FNPS.org; events, "searocket."