UF/IFAS Lake County Extension to Offer a Variety of Educational Programs, Other Opportunities in August

Discovery Garden

The UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County, the University of Florida’s local Extension campus in Tavares, will be offering a variety of educational programs for the public during the month of August.


Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Mia Wilchcombe, will be teaching a diabetes class on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Umatilla Public Library. This free program will focus on healthy eating and proper nutrition for people diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required and can be made online at fcslake.eventbrite.com or by calling the Extension Services office at 352-343-4101.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Residential Horticulture Agent Brooke Moffis will be presenting a talk on building backyard habitats at 10 a.m. Participants will walk away having developed strategies for attracting butterflies, birds, bats, and bees to their own backyards. Pre-registration is required online at lakegardeningprograms.eventbrite.com for $5 online or $6 at the door.


The Discovery Gardens, a five-acre demonstration garden located adjacent to the Extension Services office will be open the same day as part of the monthly “Saturday in the Gardens” program. Discovery Gardens is also open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is an ideal venue to take a walk, enjoy a picnic, and get gardening ideas.

On Saturday, Aug. 31, the Lake County 4-H Program will be kicking off the new 4-H year with a family-friendly open house from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Discovery Gardens. This event will feature local 4-H clubs advocating for agriculture. Participating families will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some animals, create recycled art, and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt. 4-H, the University of Florida’s positive youth development program, is open to all children ages 5 to 18. If you have ever been curious about what 4-H can offer your family, or what you might be able to offer 4-H as a volunteer, this is an excellent opportunity to meet and greet your local clubs and learn more about the program.

In addition to offering classes, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension is home to experts in nutrition, agriculture, gardening, and youth development who are always happy to answer your questions with research-based solutions. Phone, email, and office consultations are offered free of charge by appointment year-round.

The UF/IFAS Master Gardener Volunteers staff a plant clinic Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where residents can receive expert help with their lawns and gardens. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension is located at 1951 Woodlea Rd in Tavares. Additional information can be found online at https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/lake/.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal, state, and county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences and making that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life.