LEESBURG – Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division and PEAR Association volunteers are inviting nature enthusiasts to The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg, for four upcoming free events in March.
During the Who Lays Eggs event, to be held from 9 - 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at the Wildlife Conservation Area, children will take a guided egg hunt through PEAR Park.
PEAR volunteer and former science teacher Gene Bouley will host a Nature Center Open House from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, to include a hands-on mini course on the Flow of Energy from 10 a.m. - noon for children ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult. Bouley, a retired public school Earth Science teacher, will conduct experiments and teach about the transfer of heat energy.
Spring is in the air and the time is right for learning about Florida's native plants and the roles they play in yards and ecosystems during the Native Plant Cultivation class, which will teach participants about propagation and cultivation from 9 - 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the Wildlife Conservation Area.
From 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, visitors will have a chance to Walk in the Footsteps of Florida's Pioneers at the PEAR Park – Gateway, located at 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg. Participants will hike alongside park rangers and learn about Lake County's earliest residents.
At 318 acres, PEAR Park is the largest county park. The back 268 acres, known as the Wildlife Conservation Area, 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 any of these PEAR Park 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.