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EcoFest offers a chance to commune with nature

Herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore leads an edible mushroom walk at J.B. Starkey park in 2014.

Courtesy of Lia Gallegos (2014)

Herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore leads an edible mushroom walk at J.B. Starkey park in 2014.

NEW PORT RICHEY — The weather's been perfect for getting out and about. So those itching to do a little communing with nature might want to head over to Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park on Saturday and Sunday for the annual Pasco EcoFest.

The free event, sponsored by Encore Music and several local businesses, promises to be jam-packed with educational, ecological activities for all ages. Among the fun stuff to take in: bird watching, stargazing, nature walks and herbalism and gardening workshops.

Those who go are welcome to come for a few hours or stay overnight and enjoy a free campground concert featuring the funk rock band Holey Miss Moley. Private camping (for a fee) is available for those wanting to wake up to the sounds of the forest and start the next day with a yoga class.

Event schedule

Saturday: Energizing Morning Flow Yoga (8-9:15 a.m.), Birding for Beginners Walk (8-9:30 a.m.), Florida Habitats Walk (9:45-11:15 a.m.), Ecokids Nature Crafts (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), Ecokids Story Time (11-11:25 a.m.), Ecological Landscaping Talk (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), Birds of Prey Talk (12:45-1:30 p.m.), Ecological Restoration Walk (1-2:30 p.m.), Introduction to Herbalism: Nourishing Foundations Workshop (2:45-4:15 p.m.), Twilight Mushroom Walk (4:30-5:45 p.m.), "Our Costly Privilege" Talk (6-6:45 p.m.), Holey Miss Moley Concert (7-9 p.m.), Stargazing (7-9 p.m.), Nighttime Spider Walk (9-10:30 p.m.), Drum Circle and Flow (9-11 p.m.).

Sunday: Morning Yoga (8-9:15 a.m.), Mushroom Dyes Walk and Workshop (9:30-11 a.m.), Ecokids Nature Crafts (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), Ecokids Story Time (11-11:25 a.m.), Holding Space for Yourself: Self Care and Sacred Plant Medicine Workshop (11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.), Mosquito Control Buzz Talk (1-2 p.m.).

>>IF YOU GO

Walk on wild side

Pasco EcoFest will be Saturday and Sunday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. General admission is free. Separate fees for camping. For information or to reserve a cabin or tent camp site, go to

pascoecofest.com.

. IF YOU GO

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Pasco EcoFest will be Nov. 19 and 20 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. General admission is free. Separate fees for camping. For information or to reserve a cabin or tent camp site, go to pascoecofest.com.

EcoFest offers a chance to commune with nature 11/15/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:38pm]
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