LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to attend the “Basic Rock and Mineral Course” from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Eugene “Gene” Bouley, a retired geology professor, will teach participants about the classification of rocks and minerals by using simple identifying techniques to help the students learn to name various samples. Participants will get a chance to test their skills with actual samples of unknown common rocks and minerals. The course is limited to 16 people, and attendees are asked to bring their own lunch.
At 318 acres, PEAR Park is the largest county park. The back 268 acres feature a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, two scenic pavilions and access to four miles of hiking and nature trails. The front 50 acres contain a playground, ballfields and a dog park.
For more information about upcoming events and to register for the course, 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, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.