Meet Our Newest Financial Partner:
The Friends of Fort De Soto County Park and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society!
The Nature Center that Nature’s Academy calls home hosts students during their “edventures” at the Fort De Soto County Park. As partners, we work with the Park to maintain our area. Weeding, watering, and invasive species removal are just some examples of the tasks we complete to keep the grounds healthy.
Because of the generous donation of the Friends of Fort De Soto and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, we were able to transform our backyard into a native plant learning garden. This brand-new outdoor classroom features 8 new botanical identification signs, 17 new native plants, and a dedication sign thanks to our new partnership.
The signs provide our participants with a best-in-class visual lesson on the unique species found in Florida’s native coastal habitats. New additions to the garden include blazing star, passion vine, purple love grass, and silkgrass. We are able to reduce our garden’s water consumption and decrease erosion by using these Florida-friendly landscaping practices. These native plants are able to prevent the growth and spread of invasive species, an important pillar in our curriculum.
Our students come from all over the country and the world. By showing them the beauty and importance of native plants, we can inspire them to conserve native spaces wherever they call home. Nature’s Academy extends our deepest gratitude to the Friends of Fort De Soto and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society for bringing the classroom outdoors to the native plant learning garden!