LEESBURG — Organizers of the 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival, to be held Oct. 2-4 in Leesburg, are seeking dedicated individuals who are willing and able to volunteer for various roles during this three-day ecotourism event.
“Every year, our volunteers prove to be a valuable asset to our festival. They are our front line ambassadors, sharing their passion for nature and Lake County,” said Kathy Pagan, the festival’s volunteer coordinator and a member of the Lake County Economic Development and Tourism Division. “Their dedication ensures our family-friendly, educational event runs smoothly and successfully.”
The festival will take place at Venetian Gardens, located at 201 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg, as well as at surrounding natural hotspots, and will spotlight Lake County’s growing reputation as Florida’s premier birding destination.
Volunteer tasks will include assisting with registration and information booths, merchandise sales, helping with children’s activities and providing logistical and parking support. Field trip volunteers will assist trip leaders by helping to keep track of rosters and attendees. Most volunteers will be asked to work four-hour shifts between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and time slots are flexible.
Volunteers are required to attend a training session, which will be held on Thursday Sept. 24, from 3-5 p.m. at Venetian Gardens. Training will include specific task information and provide general festival details such as maps, contact lists and safety protocols. At the completion of the training, volunteers will receive rosters, signs, staff T-shirts and a tote bag featuring the 2014 Wings and Wildflowers Festival’s commemorative, custom-designed artwork.
To register as a volunteer, visit www.wingsandwildflowers.com/Volunteer or contact Kathy Pagan at 352-343-9642 or KPagan@lakecountyfl.gov. For more information about the 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival, visit www.wingsandwildflowers.com, www.facebook.com/WingsandWildflowers or www.twitter.com/wingswildflower.