TAVARES — Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead a nature hike on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Lake Jem Park & Boat Ramp, located at 16141 County Road 448, Tavares.
Rangers will guide participants through the park and along the one-half mile nature trail to learn more about the wildlife, plants and improvements at the park.
“Although this park is one of our smallest at only 11 acres, it houses several rare and uncommon plant species,” said Gallus Quigley, Lake County Park Ranger. “More than 80 species of birds have been seen at, or from the park also, so there will be plenty to see during the hike.”
After the hike, participants are encouraged to enjoy the other amenities at the park, including a playground and picnic pavilions with barbeque grills.
Lake Jem Park also offers the opportunity to launch a boat, canoe or kayak into the Beauclair Canal and allows fishing from the banks of the canal.
Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Restrooms are available onsite. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.