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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Bats to take flight during Heritage Nature Conservancy event

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is inviting the community to stop by Heritage Nature Conservancy on Friday, October 14 to watch the nightly flight of the bats out of the bat house.

This week’s event, which is part of the recreation and parks department’s ‘Programs in the Parks’ educational series, will be held on Friday, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Heritage Nature Conservancy.

While event attendees watch the bats take flight, park rangers will share interesting facts about the world of bats.

Bat house at Heritage Nature Conservancy
The bat house at Heritage Nature Conservancy

The ‘Programs in the Parks’ series features a variety of weekly events that take participants through Scott Springs Park (2825 SW 24th Avenue), Fort King National Historic Landmark (3925 E Fort King Street), Heritage Nature Conservancy (2005 NE 3rd Street), and Tuscawilla Park (800 NE Sanchez Avenue) on tours of some of the various features.

This year’s ‘Programs in the Parks’ series will wrap up with the following two events:

  • ‘Owls – A Hoot of a Time’ on Friday, October 21 (7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) at Heritage Nature Conservancy. Join the park rangers as they call out to the owls and provide fun facts about these animals.
  • ‘Not Just a Hike, an Adventure’ on Saturday, October 29 (9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) at Scott Springs Park. Join a scavenger hunt hike and learn about the local wildlife at the park.

All events in the ‘Programs in the Parks’ series are free to attend, and are available to children and adults of all ages.

For more information, please call 352-368-5517 or visit the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department webpage.