OUTSIDE TOURS 2021
THE FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY TRAIL + NATIVE NURSERIES TOUR
MAY 22 | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM | CLERMONT, FL
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An interactive field tour focusing on native plant ecology, exploring the interplay between native plants and wildlife. It will also dive into the link between habitat restoration and native nursery production. The tour will include three stops in Lake County.
At the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, participants will learn the role of native plant species and habitats for endangered and protected species. We will also explore the restored Florida scrub-jay ecosystem.
The tour will continue on to visit two premier local native nurseries, Enviro-Pro Tree Farm and Green Isles Gardens, where participants will hear from experts on the role of native plants in promoting biodiversity and habitats for pollinators, butterflies, and other wildlife. Speakers will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for increasing the supply and demand for native plants in the landscape and nursery industries.
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The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is dedicated to increase awareness of the need to restore habitat for scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, and native plant species. Participants will discover the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail with Executive Director Cathy Brown, learn about its history and purpose, and explore the balance between the native plant communities and wildlife species in this protected ecosystem.
Enviro-Pro tree Farm is one of the State’s leading producers of quality container trees with over 29 native tree species - conveniently located across the street from the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail. Participants will have an opportunity to view all 29 species of native trees and hear from Enviro-Pro owner Lauren Hindman about the market for native trees and the process of selecting and producing native species for the industry.
Green Isle Gardens specializes in Florida native plants and wildflowers, with a focus on upland plant species. The nursery has 8 acres under production and features more than 150 species of native plants. Participants will tour the nursery and hear from nursery owner Marc Godts and botanical expert Craig Huegel about the role of native plants in wildlife ecology, native species identification and utilization as well as opportunities for increasing supply and demand for native plant species. Lunch will be provided at Green Isles Gardens Nursery.
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