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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.

NOTE: The following Bird and Butterfly Surveys have been cancelled:
April 10th at Ferndale Preserve.(Rescheduled for April 14).
April 11 at Lake May Reserve.


Park of the Month
Ferndale Preserve
Ferndale Preserve is located on the western shore of Lake Apopka and just a few miles from Sugarloaf Mountain the highest point in peninsular Florida. This unique location gives the preserve a high point of 162' above sea level and a view of both Lake Apopka and on clear days the Orlando skyline. As if scenic vistas weren't enough the preserve boosts an enormous amount of wildlife. More than 180 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies, not to mention numerous mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The preserve also contains a protected historical site that has been recreated in educational panels near the preserve's entrance. Read More...
Upcoming Events
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at PEAR Park Nature Center, Leesburg
Explore the Nature Center and its collections of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands and shells. Enjoy a hands-on mini course on Identifying Fossils for ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult, 10 a.m. - noon.
6 - 8 p.m. at Lake Idamere Park, Tavares
This night walk, led by park rangers, allows participants to explore this diverse park. Flashlights are encouraged. Reservations are encouraged.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, Ferndale
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.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
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 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Ed Stone Park, Deland
St. Francis was once a thriving port on the St. John's river. After the Big Freeze of 1894-1895, many residents abandoned the town. The Blueway passes through the old town. 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 Marsh Park and Boat Ramp, Eustis
Celebrate Earth Day by helping plant flowers and cleanup debris at the 35 acre Park which offers boaters access to Lake Yale. The Park has a 5-acre restoration area that has native wildflowers planted on Earth Day 2007. Reservations are encouraged.
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
This annual event helps promote the use of native plants in landscaping. Proceeds benefit the PEAR Park Association volunteers and their projects. 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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