Images from 2014 | Plant Geek III; October 25, 2014 | Magnolia Park, Apopka

Plant Geek III Ride/Walk will take place Saturday, October 25 beginning at Magnolia Park in Apopka, FL and taking advantage of the new Lake Apopka Loop trail which runs along the north ridge of Lake Apopka.

The event will include a walk with a naturalist to point out flora and fauna along the way, as well as a bike ride with point-of-interest nature stops along the way. For the more serious rider, there will be a 30 mile ride which traverses the full Lake Apopka Loop, including the return route to Magnolia Park.

Cost is $25 for individuals 12 years and older. Registration for children between the ages of 6-11 is $10 and children 5 years old and under are free. Registration includes taking part in the ride or walk, lunch, a plant and a Plant Geek III tee shirt. Tee shirts are provided to those who register by October 13, 2014.

The new Plant Geek route offers more than a path along the lake for riding and walking. There is an abundance of wildlife to view in the native habitat. Lake Apopka has some of the finest birding in central Florida with more than 300 bird species documented. It also has the highest species total for an inland site in the 100-plus-year history of the Christmas Bird Count. Other wildlife species seen there include American Alligator, Northern River Otter, Northern Raccoon and Bobcat, with sixty-five species of butterflies recorded in the area. This is a terrific event for families and friends.

Registration Opens at 8:00 a.m.

30 Mile Ride begins at 9:00 a.m.
10 Mile Ride begins at 9:45 a.m.
5K Walk / Guided Tour begins at 10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m., lunch will be served.

The Plant Geek event is produced by FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association), a vibrant network of horticulture professionals who strive to make Florida a more beautiful, environmentally healthy and "greener" place through the use of plants, trees, and related products.

Funds generated through the Plant Geek event will be used to support FNGLA's many programs, including helping people have a greater understanding of the benefits of plants and trees for healthy and happy lifestyles.

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