TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to attend events for the week of Sept. 23-29. The week’s scheduled events are as follows:
• On Thursday, Sept. 27, a wildlife hike through the Pasture Reserve, located on Lake Erie Road (N 28° 28’43.80” W 81° 52’42.19”) in Groveland, will be held from 8 to 11 a.m.
During this event, Park Rangers will guide participants as they hike through segments of the 800-acre reserve, with hopes of viewing some of the site’s animal inhabitants. This property is home to various wildlife including gopher tortoises, alligators, deer and turkeys.
• An evening wildflower hike is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale.
As the sun sets, Park Rangers will lead participants while they explore portions of the 192-acre preserve and its wildlife. The site’s known animal inhabitants include the Great Horned Owl and Common Nighthawk.
• Lake County Wings & Wildflowers Festival Event:
A Fall Wildflower Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Pine Forest Park, located at 32520 State Road 44 in Deland, as part of Lake County’s inaugural Wings & Wildflowers Festival.
On this casual adventure, participants will hike through wooded and ephemeral pond areas to view numerous native plants, birds and other wildlife. Hikers will also have the opportunity to see Florida Scrub-jays, Lake County's only endemic bird species.
For more information about events occurring during the Wings & Wildflowers Festival, visit www.lakecountyfl.com/gowild. The deadline to register to attend events is Tuesday, Sept. 25.
All events are free and pre-registration is recommended. To maximize the nature experience, would-be participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
For more information about upcoming events, or to make reservations to attend an event, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.