TAVARES - Lake County park rangers are hosting a public planting event to celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Marsh Park, 36545 Yale Retreat Road, Eustis.
Rangers will be assisting local residents with planting native species at the 35-acre park and boat ramp, including Hibiscus, Aster, Ironweed and Rough Sunflower. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, as well as bring their own planting tools.
"We want as many people to come out as possible," said Park Ranger Wendy Poag. "Earth Day is a big thing and we think people should participate in events like this."
The plantings will help supplement the park's pine forest with an understory of wildflowers. In addition, the native species will help a burgeoning bird population at the park that includes hawks, warblers and woodpeckers.
"Marsh Park has an unbelievable amount of bird diversity," said Park Ranger Gallus Quigley Jr. "That's why we are trying to enhance the habitat because it will help the food supply for the bird population."
For more information about the Earth Day planting event at Marsh Park, call the Lake County Department of Public Works, Parks & Trails Division, at (352) 742-0992.