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Park Rangers invite residents on a hike to learn about native bunch grasses

RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2011

LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will conduct a guided wildflower and native plant hike on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.

The hike, led by Gallus Quigley, with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division and Peter Moeller, member of the PEAR Association, will give participants an opportunity to learn the importance of native bunch grasses in wildlife, and how best to incorporate them into landscaping and gardens.

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

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