Get in touch with nature at the Orlando Wetlands Festival


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If you’ve been itching to answer that call of the wild, now’s your chance with the 16th annual Orlando Wetlands Festival. Basically the Comic-Con of eco-enthusiasts, the festival offers nature lovers the chance to take a guided photo or plant identification hike, go on birdwatching excursions, take a bus tour of the wetlands, receive a mist netting demonstration, watch wildlife shows or bump along on a hayride. And for those that don’t share in the love of all things leafy and green, live music, games and plenty of food keep you occupied while the rest of your party hugs trees and gets eaten alive by mosquitoes. Just remember to keep Fido at home – no pets are allowed in the park. But never fear: Plenty of birds, bats and venomous creepy-crawlies are around to keep you company.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 | Fort Christmas Historical Park, 1300 N. Fort Christmas Road | | free