LEESBURG - The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to attend an open house at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve’s (PEAR Park) Nature Center, located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The open house will feature a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands, shells and other natural specimens. Eugene “Gene” Bouley, a retired geology professor will be there to assist with hands-on displays where children and adults can learn about rock and mineral classifications, observe sand samples under a microscope and discover how to identify animals from their skins or bones.
PEAR Park is the largest County park at 318 acres. The back 268 acres boasts a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, two scenic pavilions and access to 4 miles of hiking and nature trails. The front 50 acres contains a playground, ball fields and dog park.
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.