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Take a walk on the wild side

News Release

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 arrow.

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.



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