LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead a bird and butterfly discovery hike, with a focus on native plants on Saturday, June 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
The hike gives an opportunity for budding naturalists to discover and learn about native plants and how they can be used in landscapes to attract birds and butterflies, all while enjoying the picturesque scenery offered at the park. The hike will also give participants an opportunity to tour the Xeric and native butterfly gardens 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. Along with the Xeric and native butterfly gardens, the 268 acres also boasts a community garden, nature center, two scenic pavilions and access to hiking and nature trails.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and field guides, along with water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged.
For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, e-mail email@example.com or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.