TAVARES – The Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to grab their flashlights and join park rangers for two free evening adventures.
The “After Dark Hiking Adventure” will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Lake Idamere Park, located at 12335 County Road 448 in Tavares. This guided walk will allow participants to explore the diverse wildlife at Lake Idamere Park, which includes more than 20 species of butterflies, 60 species of birds, Scrub Lizards and Gopher Tortoises. The park also has many types of native plants, and received a donation of 16 Bald Cypress to increase the area’s beauty and biodiversity.
Rangers are also hosting the “Moonlight Stroll” from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Twin Lakes Park, located at 35303 County Road 473 in Leesburg. The park features a paved trail and boardwalk allowing visitors to walk above an ephemeral wetland where birds, amphibians and reptiles reside. Rangers will identify various plants and wildlife during the dusk stroll. Twin Lakes Park is an ideal place to go birding, with more than 70 species having been spotted including Northern Parulas, while the meadows remain a habitat for the Northern Bobwhite Quail and Eastern Bluebirds.
To make a reservation for either of these two events, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks/event_reservations.aspx.
For more information about the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, call 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. For updates on the county’s Parks & Trails Program, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.