LEESBURG – Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division and PEAR Association volunteers are inviting nature enthusiasts of all ages to an open house at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Nature Center from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. The free event will be held at the park’s Wildlife Conservation Area, located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Participants will be treated to a mini-course on Identifying Rocks from 10 a.m. – noon, for ages 10 and up. Adult supervision is required.
The nature center features a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils and other natural specimen that can be viewed under a microscope for educational purposes. 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.
To make a reservation for the PEAR Park Nature Center open house, 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.