TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting nature enthusiasts to attend some upcoming outdoor educational events.
- Exploring your Park Hike
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 to 10 a.m.
Marsh Park & Boat Ramp, 36545 Yale Retreat Road in Eustis
During this hike, park rangers will explore the five-acre restoration area that has many native wildflowers, and provides habitat to the many birds, butterflies, reptiles and mammals that live or feed in the park.
- Wildlife Hike
Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 8 to 10 a.m.
The Pasture Reserve, located on Lake Erie Road in Groveland
The Pasture Reserve is located in the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern, the literal “heart” of the Floridan aquifer, and is a mosaic of uplands and wetlands. Participants will get a chance to explore this unique property with a ranger-led hike to see cypress strands, marsh and mixed-forested wetlands. The property is also home to deer, turkeys, alligators, gopher tortoises and more.
- Monthly Bird & Butterfly Hike
Friday, Dec. 7 from 7 to 11 a.m.
Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale
The hike will consist of traversing roughly 2-miles through the park in search of migratory birds and butterflies that are currently found within the area. Experienced bird- and butterfly-watching volunteers are invited to help conduct surveys of the population, and should be able to identify common bird and butterfly species, by sight or sound, throughout the parks.
All events are free, and pre-registration is recommended due to space limitations. To maximize the nature experience, would-be participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
For more information about upcoming events, or to make reservations to attend, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. To view updates about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, follow them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.