Have you noticed? Autumn is here! Take advantage of the cooling temperatures and enjoy an outdoor activity this weekend. Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to try? A state park or lake you’ve never seen? Whether you prefer a moment of peaceful solitude or a day of active family fun, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the nature that Osceola County has to offer.
Osceola County Parks
Osceola County is rich in parks and wildlife management areas. For a peaceful stroll and wildlife viewing try Split Oak Forest Wildlife Area or Lake Lizzie Conservation Area. If you want to get on the water, you can go kayaking at Shingle Creek Regional Park. With over 40 county parks and recreational facilities, there is something for everyone. Visit Osceola.org for a complete list of the county’s wonderful parks.
Bird watching is a peaceful way to enjoy nature and learn something new. Grab a pair of binoculars and a field guide, and see what birds you can spot. Fall is the perfect time to start birding. By the end of November, large numbers of land birds, waterfowl, loons and grebes from further north have moved into the state to spend the winter here. If backyard bird watching is more up your alley, add some native, bird-friendly plants to your landscape. Native plants provide birds with food and shelter and will entice the birds to come to you!
Boating and Fishing
Take advantage of Osceola County’s lakes by going on a boating or fishing trip. Don’t forget to clean your boat to decrease the spread of invasive plants like hydrilla and water hyacinth. These invasive plants crowd out native plants and are very costly to control.
Great Outdoors Day
Gather the family and check out Great Outdoors Day on Saturday November 3rd from 10am to 3pm at St. Cloud Lakefront Park, 1104 Lakeshore Blvd. Explore and learn all about the Great Outdoors at this family friendly event. The event will have live demonstrations, interactive booths, kids fishing derby, educational information, and much more.
Attend a Group Learning Event
Here at UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, we regularly host classes on a wide variety of topics. Call us at (321) 697-3000 to join our mailing list and be the first to hear about free and low-cost events happening this fall and throughout 2019! Also, follow UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County Natural Resources on Facebook!