Take a walk on the wild side
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
If you've ever wanted to explore the woods, with a guide, your
golden opportunity is Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
the 14th annual "Welcome to the Woods" event at Seminole
Forest Wildlife Management Area in Lake County.
Space for this popular event is limited; participants must
register in advance by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) at 352-732-1225. Participants must
arrive by 9 a.m. the day of the event.
The FWC and the Florida Division of Forestry started Welcome to
the Woods as a way to introduce people to all the things they can
do on a wildlife management area. The one-day program has
maintained its popularity year after year and offers a great
opportunity for people of all ages to get out into the woods and
enjoy a guided tour of nature's pleasures. Participants can learn
to fish at Bear Pond, hike along the Florida Trail, enjoy a hayride
to Blackwater Creek, learn safe boating practices, and take a short
canoe trip along the creek.
In addition, there will be educational wildlife exhibits,
including live snakes; a program on how prescribed burns benefit
the state's ecosystem; and an opportunity to shoot a bow and
Participants should wear clothing suitable for light hiking, and
bring bug spray, sun protection, snacks and water.
The Seminole Forest Wildlife Management Area is on State Road 46
just west of the Wekiva River in Lake County.