Lake County: Wildflowers, Wings, and Natural Wonders Waiting for You

By: Gary McKechnie


When I moved to Lake County 20 years ago, it was as if I’d gone back in time 20 years. There were few stop lights, a handful of strip malls, and most of the country was rural, quiet, and beautiful.

It’s pretty much the same today, with great two-lane back roads leading to the St. Johns River or through the Ocala National Forest, and if you’d like to see what the fuss is all about, there are a few events taking place this week – and down the road (you can see the impressive list here).

Wednesday, May 15 - Spring Wildflower Hike
See what’s in bloom when park rangers lead you on a walk in the woods!
9 to 11 a.m.
PEAR (Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve) Park Wildlife Conservation Area
26701 U.S. Highway 27

Saturday, May 18 - Bird & Butterfly Survey
Park Rangers need bird and butterfly enthusiasts to assist in surveying natural and restoration areas in the reserve. Experience in identifying common birds and butterflies is a plus, but not required. The survey results will contribute to the 2011-2016 Breeding Bird Atlas Project. BYOB (bring your own binoculars).
7 to 11 a.m.
Ellis Acres Reserve
County Road 42, Paisley

Each event is free – and be sure to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, hiking shoes – and a field guide if you have one.

For more information or to register, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or visit

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