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The Lake County Department of Public Resources, Parks & Trails Division, manages more than three dozen parks, preserves and boat ramps. The Division's park rangers lead regularly scheduled nature hikes and bird and butterfly surveys in a select few of these parks in addition to properties owned by the Lake County Water Authority and St. Johns River Water Management District.


Park of the Month
Marsh Park and Boat Ramp
Marsh Park and Boat Ramp offers boaters access to Lake Yale for great bass fishing or a relaxing day on the water. The playground and other amenities provide a place for the children to play, enjoy a picnic or just relax under the shade of the Live Oaks Read More...
Upcoming Events
9 - 11:30 a.m. at PEAR Park Nature Center, Leesburg
Final class in this three-part series will cover more advanced topics like migration patterns, weather and migration, taxonomy, and more Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11:30 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Final part of the series is to put some of your new knowledge and skills to the test with a casual hike around PEAR Park. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at Lake May Reserve, Eustis
Learn plant identification while joining Lake County park rangers in Florida's battle against invasive plants. Please bring your own work gloves. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Children will learn birds are not the only animals that lay eggs. Join park rangers on an egg hunt through PEAR Park. Reservations are encouraged.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at PEAR Park Nature Center, Leesburg
Explore the Nature Center, featuring collections of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands and shells. Enjoy a hands-on mini course on the Flow of Energy from 10 a.m. -noon for ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Astatula Boat Ramp, Astatula
Paddlers will be guided along the shores of Little Lake Harris into Double Run. Guides will identify plants and wildlife along this scenic area. 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 in the air, so the time is right for learning about Florida's native plants and the roles they play in our yards and ecosystems. Gather some tips for propagation and cultivation along the way. Reservations are encouraged.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at The Pasture Reserve, Groveland
Volunteers needed to assist in surveying the bird and butterfly populations to help with management of the property. Experience is helpful but not required. Must bring own binoculars and field guide. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at Pasture Reserve, Groveland
The Green Swamp is considered an Area of Critical Concern and the heart of the Florida aquifer. Learn about it's connection to Florida's drinking water while exploring the park. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, Ferndale
Put on your work gloves and learn plant identification while joining Lake County park rangers in the battle against invasive plants. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park - Gateway, Leesburg
Hike along with park rangers and learn about Lake County's first residents and what life was like in an earlier time. Reservations are encouraged.
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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 parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.


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.
 

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