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Become a calendar county!

Become a calendar county!

Do you have spectacular pictures of your county's natural landscapes that you feel are calendar worthy? If so, you may want to submit them to the Florida Association of Counties for their 2014 calendar! 

According to the FAC, all interested parties are encouraged to send in scenic shots of their county's "Beautiful Roads & Trails" for consideration:

Reptiles from around the world come to Bartow Wednesday, June 12

Reptiles from around the world come to Bartow Wednesday, June 12

Bartow, Florida -- John Storms' World of Reptiles is coming to Bartow as a part of the Bartow Public Library's Super Summer Shows.

'World of Reptiles', featuring live reptiles from around the world, will be at the library this Wednesday, June 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., or at 2 p.m. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis, and doors will open 15 minutes prior to the performance.

Learn to improve your garden at Lake Wales' most beautiful garden

Learn to improve your garden at Lake Wales' most beautiful garden

Lake Wales, Florida -- Where better to learn to improve your green thumb than at the home of Lake Wales' most beautiful garden, Bok Tower Gardens?

In a two-part talk, author and outdoor life guru Debra Prinzing will show you how to use local and season flowers, and then share the stories of farmers and designers behind the "green" flower movement.

Here are more details on the talks, including the date and times, provided by Bok Tower Gardens:

May 4 - Great Garden Speaker: Workshops with Debra Prinzing: 

Net fishing at Saddle Creek Park?

Net fishing at Saddle Creek Park?

Lakeland, Florida - Proposed changes to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rules may soon allow for net fishing at Polk County's Saddle Creek Park.

 The public is invited to attend a workshop on Monday, April 15, 2013 to participate in the rule-changing process.

Family Spring Break Hike Night at Bok

Family Spring Break Hike Night at Bok

Bartow, Florida -- Bartow residents are invited to enjoy a Family Spring Break Night Hike at nearby Bok Tower Gardens.

Organizers say participants can "unravel the mysteries of nighttime sights and sounds in the Gardens after the sun goes down," and "watch for nocturnal animals, the glow of spider eyes and more while listening to the creatures of the night."

It's taking place between 7 and 9 p.m. this Thursday at Bok Tower Gardens.

For more information, call (863) 676-1408.

Gator Wranglin' training

Gator Wranglin' training

Lakeland, FL - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a multi-agency alligator handling and safety training class at the Lakeland Police Department firing range.

Wednesday's training was attended by 40 representatives from seven agencies in the southwest Florida area.

The training focused on the proper and safe way to secure alligators, as well as which agencies should be contacted in case of an emergency involving the animals.

County Nature Discovery Center to close for the holidays

County Nature Discovery Center to close for the holidays

Polk Co., FL-- Polk’s Nature Discovery Center will be closed December 22 - 25.The trails, however, will remain open the regular hours during this time.

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center is located in the Circle B Bar Reserve at 4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL.  

For more information, call 863-668-4673.