Orange County Government, Florida
Nancy Rodlun, Public Information Officer Environmental Protection Division
(407) 836-1442 or Nancy.Rodlun@ocfl.net
12 May 2016
Join Commissioner Jennifer Thompson at the
Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge Animal-versary
Animal Encounters and Fun for the Whole Family!

Orange County, FL – Join the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge to celebrate their Animal-versary and third year at Eagles Roost park, located at 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet friendly critters, indulge in tasty food, shop unique crafts, take a guided walk through Florida’s natural lands and unwind to live music under the oaks. The little ones can enjoy a bounce house, face painting, crafts, fun classes more. Orange County District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson will present the welcome remarks at 11 a.m., followed by photo opportunities with Back to Nature animals. Admission is FREE.

Back to Nature has been caring for wild animals for more than 27 years, with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned Florida native wildlife. As a nonprofit wildlife refuge, they work around the clock to care for the animals and return them back to the wild.

Eagles Roost has been home to Back to Nature since 2014. The 232-acre conservation land near Lake Nona was purchased through the Orange County Green PLACE program. Through a partnership, Back to Nature operates a successful rehabilitation center on 20 acres of the property and provides on-site educational programs. Eagles Roost, which is seven times larger than the former Back to Nature location off East Colonial, features natural wetlands, a wildlife walk and an observation pier at Lake Hart.

WHAT: Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge Animal-versary
WHERE: Orange County’s Eagles Roost Park,
10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road, Orlando, FL 32832
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.