TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is hosting two free events in South Lake for those interested in conservation.
The World Water Hike Day will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 22 at Pasture Reserve, 5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland. The hike will explore The Green Swamp, considered an Area of Critical State Concern and the heart of the Florida aquifer. Participants will learn about its connection to Florida's drinking water while exploring the park.
The Invasives Removal Work Day is scheduled for 9 - 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale. Volunteers will learn plant identification while joining Lake County park rangers in the battle against invasive plants. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
“Some non-native plants behave and others act like bullies and degrade native ecosystems and thwart efforts to improve native biodiversity on public and private lands,” said Wendy Poag, Lake county Parks & Trails Division Passive Recreation Coordinator, Naturalist and Land Steward. “Proper identification and removal of problematic species by citizens helps wildlife and on-going restoration efforts.”
To make a reservation for these free Parks & Trails 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.