TAVARES – From historical to educational to kid-friendly, Lake County Parks & Trails rangers are hosting three free hiking events during the month of November.
During the Fall Wildflower Hike, nature enthusiasts are invited to discover autumn flowers in bloom from 9 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4880 University Ave., Leesburg. The hike is guided by expert Wendy Poag, a naturalist and land steward with Lake County Parks & Trails.
“While it may be a bit late for peak bloom, Garberia, Florida Paintbrush, Wireweed and Palafoxia, as well as a variety of native bunch grasses, should still be blooming at PEAR Park,” said Poag. “The best part is, we will be talking about the growth habit of some of the species and requirements in the home landscape. Cultivation and propagation questions will be welcome.”
Children can join the fun from 10 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 during the Hiking for Kids event at Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis. During this outdoor class and hike, kids will learn about the items needed to have safe adventures in the woods.
Residents are offered a unique opportunity to “Walk in the Footsteps of the First Floridians” from 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale. Participants will learn about Native Americans and other early residents of Lake County during a short presentation, followed by a slow-paced hike of approximately two-miles on uneven, hilly terrain.
Participants of each event are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and comfortable hiking shoes.
For more information and to register for these events, 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.