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Parks and Trails Events

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:56 am

Before Florida’s rainy season arrives, May brings the last of spring’s migrant birds to Lake County as they move north toward their breeding grounds. At the same time, wildflowers bloom and both butterflies and dragonflies increase in number and diversity, making May an ideal month to get outdoors and explore Lake County’s parks, trails and recreational activities.
To experience the natural beauty and unique wildlife Lake County has to offer, residents and visitors are invited to attend the following free, family-friendly guided events.
Beginners Paddling Class – Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-noon at Hickory Point Park, 27341 State Road 19, Tavares. Led by the Lake County Water Authority, this annual class teaches the basics of paddling and introduces novices to different types of canoes and kayaks during a trip on Little Lake Harris. To make a reservation, call 352-324-6141 ext. 0.
Land Management 101 – Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m.–noon at Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis. Learn about land management, how it is being used at Lake May Reserve, and how you can use the same techniques at your home to improve habitat for wildlife.
Gardening with Wildflowers – Saturday, May 27 from 9-11 a.m. at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley. From lawns to meadows, discover the process and joy of adding life to your landscape.
Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey – Saturday, May 27 from 7:30-11 a.m. at Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis. Volunteers are invited to assist in surveying the park’s birds and butterflies. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides. Experience is a plus, but not required.
For more information about the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, call 352-253-4950, email or visit or  Share your input on the future of parks and trails via a brief online survey at