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Highlighted Upcoming Events

Beginning Basics Class

Join expert birder Gallus Quigley for a hands-on bird identification class for beginners or for those
who want to brush up on their identification skills. Contact Lake County Parks & Trails at 352-253-4950 or

When: Sat., Sept 27, 8-10am
Where: Ferndale Preserve, 19240 County Road 455, Ferndale

Recurring Meetings

Corridor Management Entity (CME) Meeting

Get involved with protecting and enhancing this wonderful scenic byway from Lake County to Dillard Street in Winter Garden

When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm
Where: Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP) Education Building

Recurring Events

Garden of Weedin’ Group

Show your appreciation for ONP by helping to restore this beautiful Preserve. Earn volunteer hours andlearn about habitat restoration and how to tell the native plants from the invasives.

When: Every Wednesday, 8 am – noon
Where: ONP Parking Lot

The Central Florida Herpetological Society

Each meeting has a lecture by a visiting expert and a Q&A session. Join Society President Jim Peters and other hobbyists and experts to explore the wonder of reptiles and amphibians.

When: First Tuesday of every month, 7 – 9 pm
Where: ONP Education Building

Friends of Lake Apopka (FOLA)
Monthly Board Meeting

Join the group that saved Lake Apopka! Get involved with planning future use proposals and be an advocate for the lake. Perfect for High School or College students.

When: First Thursday of every other month, 5 pm
Where: ONP Education Building

“The Nature of Our Nature”
Lecture Series by Clayton Louis Ferrara

Join Director of Education and Biologist in Residence for a free lecture on plants, animals, and habitats of Florida. RSVP, 407-905-0054, please. Hot tea will be served.

When: First Thursday of every Month, 7 – 8 pm
Where: ONP Education Building

The Central Florida Insect Enthusiasts
Meeting and Lecture

Join insect scientists as they take you on a guided insect-catching tour of the Preserve. Learn how tocatch, identify, preserve, and admire insects! For children and adults of all ages!

When: First Saturday of every month, 10 – 11 am
Where: ONP Education Building

Take a Hike!
With the Oakland Nature Preserve

Join naturalist Clayton Louis Ferrara on a guided tour of the Preserve. Learn about the history of ONP and Florida. Learn how to tell a seepage spring from a sinkhole and a pine flatwoods from an oak hammock. Learn about the birds, the bees, and the animals. Gather in the visitor center before hiking the trails. Please bring water and sunglasses.

When: Second Saturday of every month, 2 pm
Where: ONP Education Building

Recurring Meetings

Friends of Green Mountain Scenic Byway

Generally meets every other month. 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 PM. Meetings can be held anywhere from Mt Dora to Winter Garden; however the usual place is Oakland Nature Preserve.

When: 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm
Where: Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP) Education Building

Friends of Lake Apopka

Generally meets every other month at the Oakland Nature Preserve.

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