September 28 is National Public Lands Day, and North Peninsula State Park is celebrating by offering Plant This Not That!,a free event designed to provide the community with information on the benefits of removing non-native invasive plants and planting Florida natives.

The event takes place from 9 until 11 a.m. Literature will be available explaining how to identify invasive exotic plant species that occur in the area and how to remove these plants. All participants will receive a native Yaupon Holly plant and will have educational opportunities through exhibits from various organizations.The park’s own “Pepper Picker” volunteers will demonstrate how they remove invasive Brazilian pepper from the park and will be available for questions. Park volunteers will offer short kayak tours of the Smith Creek marsh restoration site, and activities geared towards children will be available as well.

Public parking is available at Smith Creek Landing, North Peninsula State Park, with overflow parking available across the street at Highbridge Park.

Location: 40 Highbridge Rd., Ormond by the Sea. For more information, call Celena Zimmerman, Park Services Specialist, at 386-517-2086 or email Celena.Zimmerman@FloridaDEP.gov. September 2019