Park Rangers Present: Nature 101
Lettuce Lake Park in northern Hillsborough County is reaching out to nature lovers with weekend programs intended to grow interest in the environment, the park, and Florida's outdoors.
From insects and animals to trees and constellations, the Park Rangers are presenting hour-long sessions on Saturdays and Sundays that provide revelations about common things. There is a $2 park entry fee, and each get-together costs $5 for adults and children. Adults accompanying children are admitted free.
The sessions begin at noon and 2 p.m., on both weekend days. Topics vary.
Lettuce Lake is the most popular of Hillsborough County's 10 regional parks. It has 240 acres of swampland, hardwood hammocks, and pine flatwoods. Features include a Visitors Center, hiking trail, canoe rentals, playground, picnic shelters, boat ramp, boardwalk, and other amenities. The park is on the north side of Fletcher Avenue, between the University of South Florida and Interstate 75.
The goal of each session is to educate families in fun and practical ways. Many of the gatherings include hands-on activities, such as roasting acorns to brew coffee, or making individual "planetariums" to take home and explore the night sky.
The park offers guided hikes beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.