LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to attend an open house at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve’s (PEAR Park) Nature Center, located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg on Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The open house will feature a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands, shells, and other natural specimens. Eugene “Gene” Bouley, a retired Geology Professor will be there to assist with hands-on displays where children and adults can learn about rock and mineral classifications, observe sand samples under a microscope and discover how to identify animals from their skins or bones.
PEAR Park is the largest County park at 318 acres. The back 268 acres boasts a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, two scenic pavilions and access to 4 miles of hiking and nature trails. The front 50 acres contains a playground, ball fields and dog park.
For more information, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.