TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is offering outdoor enthusiasts three different opportunities in the coming eight days to experience the natural gifts found in Lake County’s parks.
Saturday, Aug. 22 — Park Ranger Wendy Poag will lead a hike identifying plants at Pine Forest Park, located at 32520 State Road 44. This park is one of the most biologically diverse parks under Lake County’s management. The hike is expected to be about one mile over uneven terrain.
Thursday, Aug. 27 — Park rangers are seeking a few experienced bird-watching volunteers to help conduct a bird survey at the Ferndale Preserve, located off County Road 455 in South Lake County, from 7 to 10 a.m. Experienced birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight and/or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides.
Saturday, Aug. 29 — Enjoy a nature hike with park rangers exploring PEAR Park’s plants and wildlife. The park is located at 5336 University Ave., Leesburg. The 2-mile hike is over fairly flat and event terrain.
For all events, participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Reservations are required. For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950.