TAVARES — Lake County park rangers are encouraging residents to join them as they host upcoming events in December that explore the beauty of Lake County’s parks. Participants will learn about the many species of wildlife that can be found throughout a variety of parks and preserves managed by the Lake County Parks & Trails Division.
“Lake County’s parks and trails offer nature enthusiasts a chance to see a variety of wildlife, without leaving the county,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “From active recreational parks, to passive preserves that are being restored to their native habitat, a diverse list of plants and animals can be seen throughout our parks.”
- Bird & Butterfly Survey
7 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6
The Pasture Reserve, Lake Erie Road, Groveland
The hike will cover roughly 3-miles of trails inside the preserve searching for birds and butterflies. Experienced bird and butterfly watchers are desired, but experience is not required to participate.
- Winter Wings & Wildlife Walk
8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7
PEAR Park – Gateway, 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg
With the winter seasonal changes, hikers will see many new species of birds and other wildlife that are visiting this beautiful park.
- Explore Your Park Hike
8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14
Lake Jem Park, 16141 County Road 448, Tavares
This informational hike through an amazing park located along the Apopka-Beauclair Canal will highlight the plant, animal and bird life at the park.
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.