Annual Water Wings & Wild Things Nature Festival Saturday at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.

LAKELAND | It's time to celebrate everything great in Polk's outdoors again.


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Polk's annual Water Wings & Wild Things nature festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Circle B Bar Reserve.

The event is free and open to the public.

Circle B will close at 6 p.m. Friday to allow time to prepare for Saturday's event.

Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, is a 1,267-acre former ranch that is managed by Polk County's Environmental Lands Program.

There will be some new features at this year's festival, said Tabitha Biehl, Polk's environmental lands stewardship coordinator.

One will make use of the historical cow camp that was constructed earlier this year in connection with Polk's sesquicentennial in cooperation with the Imperial Polk County Cattlemen's Association.

A re-enactor from Lake Kissimmee State Park's cow camp will be present to talk about life on Florida's open range in the 1800s.

Joining him will be a crew of woodworkers using traditional tools to complete the historical aspect of the celebration.

Elsewhere in the nature park, there will be exhibits by environmental agencies, environmental groups and private vendors featuring everything from live animals and nest box construction to kite flying and tree climbing.

There also will be tram tours of the Banana Creek marsh. Participants can hike the trails on their own.

In addition, many of the exhibitors will have educational materials to allow people to learn more about environmental issues or to work or volunteer on environmental projects.

Native plants will be for sale, and various local groups will offer food for sale.

[ Tom Palmer can be reached at or 863-802-7535. Read more views on the environment at Follow on Twitter @LedgerTom. ]

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