TAVARES —Lake County parks rangers will be hosting two upcoming events that invite adventurers to explore the beauty of Lake County by water or by land.
“Many people who join us on our ranger-led hikes are thrilled to see Florida’s natural amenities and beauty,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “We’re looking forward to leading participants through the Wekiva River and in one of Lake County’s premiere parks to showcase the variety of wildlife that can be seen.”
- Wekiva River Paddling Trip & Waterway Cleanup
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1
Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park (Katie's Landing) at 262 Wekiva Park Drive, Sanford
Take a paddling trip on Florida’s National Scenic River, the Wekiva River, to experience the abundant wildlife. While participants travel the waterway, they can help preserve the health of the river by picking up litter along the way.
- Winter Woodland Walk
8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2
PEAR Park Gateway at 26701 Highway 27, Leesburg
Join Park Rangers as they lead a hike along the wooded Palatlakaha River in search of birds, mammals and more.
All events are free, and pre-registration is recommended for the hikes, and required for the paddling trip due to space limitations. To maximize the nature experience, participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
For information about upcoming events, or to make reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. Reservations for the paddling trip can be made by calling the Lake County Water Authority at 352-343-3777, ext. 0. To view the latest information about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, follow them at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.