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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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Friday Night Naturalist
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

There is more to wildlife at the Trout Lake Nature Center (TLNC) than the casual observer may see. Thanks to some dedicated volunteers, we have been able to document and track the presence of many native species as they go about their business at TLNC. Our Wildlife Report will be the topic of the monthly Friday Night Naturalist program held on Friday, July 19 at 6 PM at TLNC.
Birding experts Bob Wexler, TLNC Board member, and Mary Wexler have led bird walks, counts and sunrise/sunset birding events for over 15 years. The Wexlers will give us updates on the birds found at and visiting TLNC.
Volunteers installed wildlife cameras along our trails and boardwalk. These camera are activated by motion and at night by infrared heat. What the cameras see when no one is around is enlightening. Eileen Tramontana, TLNC Executive Director will present the latest camera captures and what has occurred since habitat improvements were made. Our live Education Ambassador Gopher tortoise and snakes will be on hand for close-up encounters.
The Trout Lake Nature Center is located at 520 East CR 44, Eustis. Friday Night Naturalist programs are held monthly on the third Friday. These programs are free to attend but a $5 donation is suggested to support this independent non-profit’s future programs. For more information on the program, call 352-357-7536 or email

Ice Cream Music Jam
Jul 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

July 21, Sunday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Bring an ice cream topping to share, your favorite musical instrument or just yourself and a camp chair to our annual summer ice cream music jam at the Dade Lodge. Cost is $3/vehicle or annual Florida park pass.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell, FL 33513, (352) 793-4781,

Introductory Dulcimer Classes
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

July 25, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join Sweet Music Dulcimer Ladies for an introductory class on using a dulcimer. Please pre-register as class size is limited to 10. Cost is $3/vehicle or annual Florida park pass.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell, FL 33513, (352) 793-4781,

Boondoggle Class
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Boondoggle Class, Introductory and Advanced Palm Weaving
July 26, Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join Dade volunteers to learn how to weave with palm/palmetto fronds. Cost is $3/vehicle or annual Florida park pass plus $5/person:12 and under free.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell, FL 33513, (352) 793-4781,

Hunting Heritage Event
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NWTF Hosts Hunting Heritage Event
The National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting their annual Hunting Heritage Event on Saturday, July 27th at the Clermont Performing Arts Center on Hwy 27.
Have fun while enjoying a delicious meal with plenty of chances to win firearms, including the 2019 NWTF Benelli M2. There will be live and silent auctions featuring beautiful prints, sculptures and more. There’s something for everyone. Bring your spouse, friend, son or daughter for an evening of fun. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and tickets are $60 for singles, $100 for couples, and $20 for kids. Sponsor tables are also available.
To reserve your tickets call 352.250.5640 or email

Celebrate Moth Week
Jul 27 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Did you know that scientists estimate that there are up to 500,000 moth species? Most of these moths are nocturnal, making them difficult to see. To bring them into view, mothing enthusiast Cheri Pierce will return to the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail with special lights and screening to allow close-up viewing of these magnificent creatures of the night.
Join us Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:00 pm at The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, 11490 Montevista Road, Clermont, FL. Cost is $2.00 per person.
For more information or to R.S.V.P, contact us at 352-429-5566 or