TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division invites nature enthusiasts to explore Lake County’s outdoor amenities while the weather is cooler.
“Our reserves and nature areas are rich in wildlife and scenery,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “Guided tours offer the opportunity to explore corners of our parks that you may have never seen before.”
• Bird and Butterfly Survey
7 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8
Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley
Experienced birders, butterfly watchers and interested volunteers are invited to help park rangers with a survey at this reserve on Lake Akron. The ability to identify the most common birds and butterflies will be helpful, but not necessary. Participants should have their own binoculars and field guides. This activity will include hiking from 2.5 to 3 miles on trails.
• Explore Your Park Hike
8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
Twin Lakes Park, 35303 County Road 473, Leesburg
Bring the family out for a guided hike along a paved trail and boardwalk, where park rangers will talk about different wildlife and plants that make this area unique. The 14.5-acre park also has a playground, basketball court and picnic pavilions.
All events are free, and pre-registration is recommended because of space limitations. To maximize the nature experience for outside events, 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 the latest information about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, follow them at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.