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St. Lucie County Seeks Volunteers to Help with Endangered Species

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St. Lucie County is seeking volunteers to assist in the removal of exotic and overgrown vegetation at the county’s Lakela’s Mint Preserve to protect the endemic Lakela’s Mint population on Saturday, June 3 and Saturday, June 17 from 8 to 11 a.m.

St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department is proud to partner with Bok Towers Gardens to host these volunteer events to help ensure the survival of a very rare endangered plant species.

Located at 5600 North U.S. 1, across from the Ocean Discovery Center at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the preserve is home to one of the largest wild populations of the federally endangered Lakela’s Mint, which is only found at a few places in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties, and nowhere else in the world.

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, hand-tools and water. Sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent are also recommended. Additional water will be provided, along with a light lunch. Volunteers will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to working.

Looking to volunteer?

Contact the St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department staff at 772-462-2526 or email thompsonam@stlucieco.org. Space is limited to 30 volunteers per day, so please sign-up early to reserve your space and help become a steward to one of the world’s rarest plant species.

Science Class tastings blossom at Kathleen Elementary

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Kathleen Elementary’s garden began as an idea by Danielle Emmons, Science Coach, to extend the classroom beyond the walls of the building. She wanted to integrate experiential learning opportunities for the 4th grade Science classes.

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Four Best Buds

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Jane Henderson, Lynn Hamel, JoRene Nevitt and Carol Livezey had not met before joining our volunteer family; however, through their volunteer efforts a wonderful friendship has been cultivated. Edward Bok was a huge proponent of volunteerism and he described in his autobiography the idea of service to others as the “third period” in his vision for a successful life. It is with great joy we share Jane, Lynn, JoRene and Carol’s own words describing how volunteering at Bok Tower Gardens can be a transformative experience.

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Faded to Fabulous: Preserving the Pinewood Estate Frog Fountain

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Conservators from Rosa Lowinger & Associates – Conservation of Art + Architecture are working diligently preserving and uncovering amazing details to the historic 1920 frog fountain at Pinewood Estate. Restoring efforts include removing the calcified mineral build up with scalpels, paint brushes and razor blades.

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What Did Our Rare Plant Conservation Team Do Last Month?

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On November 25th, Rare Plant Conservation Program staff, Whitney Costner (not pictured), Thomas Burney and Jessica Brown, along with volunteer David Marentic (center), visited an area of Florida Scrub in Auburndale, FL, home to the rare, endangered, and central Florida endemic Scrub Lupine, Lupinus aridorum.

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Fall Florida Gardening

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In Florida, fall is an excellent time to start a vegetable garden. Learn about the cool-season vegetables to plant in November and create your own “garden gold” by converting yard wastes to compost. Composting is easy to do and yields a manure-like, organic fertilizer/soil conditioner, which highly benefits Florida’s infertile native soils. Vegetables cannot tolerate standing water from excessive rainfall or irrigation. At the same time, vegetables need soil moisture to grow and produce. Frequency of irrigation depends upon the age of the crop and your soil type.

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