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The 15th Annual Great Air Potato Round-Up is coming up on Saturday, January 25, 2014!

This year's theme for the event will be “Taters of the Lost Park.” Registrations are required to participate, click on this link to go to the registration form.
Hundreds of volunteers will come together for the 15th Annual Great Air Potato Round-Up to remove air potatoes and other invasive, exotic plants from Gainesville's natural areas. After the harvest, volunteers will gather at Morningside Nature Center for a celebration for participants with free event tee shirts, refreshments, music and prizes.
Air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera), is a non-native vine that jeopardizes Florida's natural communities by engulfing native vegetation. The rapid-growing vine produces aerial tubers (hence the common name “air potato”) that fall to the ground in the late fall and winter and produce new vines that sprout in the spring.
The previous fourteen Great Air Potato Round-Ups have all been tremendously successful! Last roundup, nearly a 1,000 eager participants enjoyed beautiful weather while removing over 6.69 tons of air potatoes, 1,905 lbs. of other invasive plants and one 20-yard construction dumpster of trash from over 25 sites throughout Gainesville natural areas and parks! With your help, we are making a difference!

 

“GO NATIVE” AT SPRING/ FALL NATIVE PLANT SALE
Take advantage of the largest offering of native plants in North Florida during the Spring or Fall Native Plant sale, at Morningside Nature Center. An exclusive “members only” sale is for members of Friends of Nature Parks and the Florida Native Plant Society. Join now (www.friendsofnatureparks.org and www.fnps.org) or at the sale. The sale features free, expert plant advice, free Park-a-Plant service that allows you to shop hands-free while we tag, store and help you load your plants, a free naturalist-led wildflower walk at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as well as music. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted! Check back for 2014 dates. 

 

 

 

FARM AND FOREST FESTIVAL
Morningside Nature Center, Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10 am to 4 pm.
Admission is charged. Join us for this Family-Friendly Event!Make Earth Day last longer than a day! This event will focus on sustainable opportunities we have in our community, neighborhood and home with special emphasis on historical people and practices that help balance modern trappings. Enjoy food, music, demonstrations, environmental displays and activities, live animals, guided walks and talks and horse-drawn wagon rides in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere!

 

 

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILDFLOWER SIDE WITH US!
Participants will enjoy the spectacular fall wildflower bloom in the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center during a guided walk. The JEAN DORNEY MEMORIAL WILDFLOWER WALKS are free and take place every Saturday in October and start at 9 am at Morningside Nature Center. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring water and field guides you would like to use.
These walks are courtesy of a grant from the Friends of Nature Parks in honor of charter member Jean Dorney.

Jean, a Texas native, moved her family to Gainesville in 1972. She quickly became involved with the Alachua Audubon Society and was a founding member of Friends of Nature Parks. Through the years, Jean was an active advocate of adult education programs at the nature parks and participated in many wildflower walks and natural history classes. For more information about attending the walks and exploring the natural parks as Jean loved to do, please visit parks’ page or call (352) 334-3326. Take a WALK on the WILDflower side with us!

 

 

CANE BOIL & FIDDLEFEST
Every November on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Experience life in 1870’s North Central Florida at Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm. Visitors can sample fresh cane syrup and homemade biscuits, experience live folk music, farm animals and much more! The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place during the Annual Cane Boil, thus bringing together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South. Make this event part of your Thanksgiving weekend tradition!