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Lake County Park Rangers to lead nature hike at PEAR Park on May 21

RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2011

LEESBURG — Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division will conduct a Meadow Wildflower and Wildlife nature walk on Saturday, May 21 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.

During the 2-mile hike, Park Rangers will explore and discuss the importance of native meadows while enjoying the spring-blooming wildflowers and native wildlife at the park.

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.

Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, 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, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.

PEAR Park

Observation Pavilion

 
 
 

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More Information:
Lake County Parks & Trails Division
(352) 253-4950
parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks

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Kelly Lafollette
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Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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