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Park rangers to host nature hike at Ferndale Preserve

RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2009

FERNDALE — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is hosting a nature hike on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Ferndale Preserve, located off County Road 455.

The preserve is located about 4.5 miles south of the intersection of county roads 561 and 455 or ,1 mile north of the intersection of county roads 561 and 455.

During the 2 to 2.5 mile hike over uneven terrain through the preserve, participants will learn about restoration efforts at the public property, plants, birds and butterflies. The 192-acre preserve is located on the western shore of Lake Apopka. Its high elevation and diverse ecosystem provide habitat for numerous birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals and amphibians. The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is working to restore the preserve to a more natural state.

“As we work on improvements at Ferndale Preserve it remains closed to the public access, but this hike is an opportunity to see the preserve,” said Park Ranger Gallus Quigley.

Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Park rangers also recommend bringing binoculars, field guides, insect repellent, sunscreen, water and a snack.

Reservations are limited to 25 participants. For more information or to make reservations, call the Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or e-mail parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.

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