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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2010
CONTACT: Eduardo Alaniz, (941) 741-3028
  Jessica Kemper Sims, (850) 245-3029, (850) 251-0834

 

State Park Environmental Education Event Demonstrates Value of Natural Resource Recreation and Preservation

~Discover Lake Manatee event offers foundation for protecting Florida’s natural resources~

BRADENTON - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s Lake Manatee State Park today hosted the 6th annual Discover Lake Manatee environmental education event. This year’s event coincided with the 75th Anniversary of Florida State Parks. The environmental education experience reinforced the 75th Anniversary theme Preserving the Past while Looking to the Future by providing guests the foundation to protect and enjoy their natural surroundings.

“With the help of environmental educators in the local community, Lake Manatee State Park aims to continue providing a place for our future generations to come and recreate in natural environments,” said Park Manager Manny Perez. “I am pleased to see our friends and neighbors share in and help develop the park’s programs geared toward resource-based recreation.”

Exhibitors at the event included Big Cat Rescue, Coastal Aquatic Management, Manatee Recycling and Native Landscapers and a performance was given by the Myakka Bluegrass Band. Live animals such as birds of prey and feral hogs were on display, and children’s activities included a fishing clinic, face painting and scavenger hunts. The first 250 kids to complete the fishing clinic received a free fishing pole, and hourly giveaways were provided by local vendors.

Throughout 2010, DEP’s Florida State Parks will celebrate 75 years of recreation and preservation. Florida State Parks will host special activities and interpretive events from coast to coast, including 25 signature events which highlight individual parks’ histories, as well as the history of the state park system as a whole.

Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, Florida State Parks has grown from eight to 160 parks over the last 75 years. Today, the Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida's natural environment, including 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Florida State Parks has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association as the nation's first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the nation's best park service.

For more information on Florida’s state parks, visit www.floridastateparks.org and follow Florida State Parks on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/FLStateParks.

Lake Manatee State Park

"With the help of environmental educators in the local community, Lake Manatee State Park aims to continue providing a place for our future generations to come and recreate in natural environments."

Manny Perez
Park Manager

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Last updated: February 23, 2010

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