LEESBURG – The Parks & Trails Division and PEAR Association volunteers are hosting an open house at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Nature Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 in the park’s Wildlife Conservation Area at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
The nature center features a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands, shells, and other natural specimen that can be viewed under a microscope. PEAR volunteer and former science teacher Gene Bouley will also be on site to help answer questions.
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 through meadows, scrub jay habitats and woods along the Palatlakaha River. The front 50 acres is known as the Gateway and contains a playground, ballfields and a dog park.
For more information about upcoming events and to register for the open house, 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.