LEESBURG—The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to participate in a guided evening hike in order to experience nature in a unique nighttime setting. The hike allows participants to view the park’s wildlife in surroundings that wouldn’t normally be seen when the park is open during the daytime. The hike will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Participants will enjoy seeing the park come alive with activity during sunset. The park is home to a diverse ecosystem that provides habitat for numerous birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals and amphibians. The activity will include hiking about 2 miles on trails.
PEAR Park is the largest County park at 318 acres, and is divided into two distinct areas. The “Gateway,” or front 50 acres, is being developed into an active recreation area. The remaining 268 acres is a preserve dedicated to the area’s historic ecosystem including areas for the threatened Florida Scrub-Jay and declining Northern Bobwhite “Quail” and Eastern Meadowlark. The 268 acres also holds a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, nature center, two scenic pavilions and access to hiking and nature trails.
All participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
For more information or reservations, 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.