9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PEAR Park Nature Center, Leesburg
The Nature center has a nice collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands, shells, and other natural specimens of interest to children and adults. Come learn about rock and mineral classification. Look at sand samples under the microscope. For the young, try hands on activities. See if you can identify animals from their skins or bones or identify types of rocks. Ask questions off or get help and instruction from former science teacher.
There are over 4 miles of hiking trails through meadows, scrub jay habitats and woods along the Palatlakaha River to explore. Plants are identified along a nature trail and in demonstration gardens of native plants. Hike to a children’s play ground. Bring lunch spend the day and picnic at the nature center.
7 to 11 a.m. at The Pasture Reserve, Groveland
Experienced bird-watching volunteers are invited to help conduct bird surveys at this restoration habitat. Birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Volunteers participating in the butterfly survey should be able to identify most common species. This activity will include hiking approximately two miles on trails. Reservations are encouraged.
8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lake May Reserve, Eustis
Bring work gloves and join Lake County Park Rangers in Florida's battle against invasive plants in observance of National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Reservations are encouraged.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at John's Lake Boat Ramp, Clermont
Experienced and novice paddlers are invited to join wildlife experts as they paddle from John's Lake Boat Ramp to Scrub Point Preserve. Bring your own boat or use one of ours. Call to make a free reservation. Reservations are required. To make reservations for the paddling adventures, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
9 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Spring is here! Join plant expert Wendy Poag for tips about planting and cultivating native plants during this outdoor educational hike. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at Pasture Reserve, Groveland
Come celebrate World Water Day with this informative hike in the heart of the Green Swamp area. You will learn about the source of Central Florida's drinking water. Reservations are encouraged.
8 - 10 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
What was Leesburg like 100 years ago? Come join rangers for this popular hike and learn about the history of Lake County and its first residents. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 10:30 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Are birds the only animals who lay eggs? Kids of all ages are welcome to join park rangers in an egg hunt at PEAR Park to learn the answer to this question. Reservations are encouraged.
Information about Guided Hikes & Surveys
Park rangers recomends participants of the nature hikes and bird &
butterfly surveys to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Hikers should also bring binoculars,
field guides, cameras, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.
Reservations are required for all guided hikes and bird & butterfly surveys. Most hikes are limited
to the first 20 individuals to place reservations. To make reservations for the guided hikes and bird &
butterfly surveys, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or e-mail
HIKING DIFFICULTY RATING
1 - These hikes offer an easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. Hikes are usually on a paved trail or boardwalk. Distance is typically 1 mile or less.
2 - An average level of fitness is recommended as these moderate hikes may be on a trail of uneven terrain. Distance is typically 2 miles or less.
3 - These hikes are generally more challenging, depending on an individual’s experience and level of fitness. Hikes are more difficult due to hills and distances of greater than 2 miles.
Information about PADDLING ADVENTURES
The Lake County Water Authority coordinates all paddling adventures. For more information on these guided tours, contact the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
Reservations are required for all paddling adventures. Most paddling adventures are limited to the first 15 vessels to place reservations. To make reservations for the paddling adventures, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
PADDLING DIFFICULTY RATING
1 — These paddling adventures offer an easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. Paddling may be on local creeks or shorelines. Time is usually two hours or less and distance is typically 1 mile or less, depending on currents.
2 — An average level of fitness is recommended as these moderate paddles may be on a blueway with obstructions or currents. Time is usually three hours or less and distance is typically 2-4 miles.
3 — These paddling adventures are generally more challenging, depending on an individual’s experience and level of fitness. Paddling is more difficult due to length of blueway and paddling conditions. Time is more than three hours and distance is typically more than 4 miles.