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Discover the wild side of the woods


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Discover the wild side of the woods


If you’ve ever wanted to explore the woods with a guide, your golden opportunity is Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 17th annual “Welcome to the Woods” event at Seminole Forest Wildlife Management Area in Lake County.

Space for this free event is limited due to its popularity, so participants must register in advance by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 352-732-1225. Participants should arrive by 9 a.m. the day of the event.

The FWC and the Florida Forest Service want to introduce people to the many opportunities a wildlife management area offers. The one-day program continues to attract a crowd 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, shoot a bow and arrow, hike along the Florida National Scenic Trail, enjoy a hayless 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 that include live snakes, and a program on how prescribed fire benefits the state’s ecosystems. A state helicopter used as part of the controlled burning process is featured.

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.