LEESBURG — Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division will conduct a nature hike on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park) Gateway, located at 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg.
During the casual hike, Park Rangers will identify birds, plants and other natural features, and will discuss the future improvements slated for 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, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.