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Friday, April 14 from 4:30pm – 6:30 pm and Saturday April 15 from 8:30 am – 12:30 at Morningside Nature Center.  Shop one of the largest native plant sales in north Florida.  Paynes Prairie Native Plant Society, Master Gardeners and UF Horticulture Club will be on site to offer gardening tips for your new plants.  Crowd at Spring Native Plant Sale

  • The Friday evening sale is open to members of Friends of Nature Parks and/or Florida Native Plant Society. (you may join at the sale)
  • The Saturday sale is open to public.
  • Saturday morning events include two guided walks and local bluegrass band Boilin’ Oil. A Forest Habitats nature walk led by Scott Sager, UF/ IFAS School of Forest Resources, will begin at 9:00 am.   At 11:30 am  local wildflower expert Gary Paul leads a Spring Wildflower walk.  Both walks will be on Morningside trails and begin at the screened Pavilion.

We are delighted to have an educational booth from the Gainesville Area Bee Club with us Saturday.

THERE IS A TIME CHANGE – now 7:00 pm

Time Change for March 11. 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Moonlight walk for FoNP members.  March 11.

SWEETWATER WETLANDS PARK MOONGAZE and WALK  for "Friends of Nature Parks" members -  Saturday, March 11, 2017,   7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes for a walk  down the trail to our viewing area. This is an after hours event, led by staff.

Meet at the Sweetwater Wetlands Park entrance building, 325 SW Williston Road at 6:45 pm.

Non-members or those needing to renew will be able to either  join or renew at our FoNP  membership table Saturday evening before the walk.    Our Memberships begin at $10 for individuals.

The park charges a separate $5.00  per car entrance fee and is collected as you enter.