Central Florida Monthly Magazine: May 2017

What's inside: Moss Park Brings the Best of Best Worlds, I Live Here: The Francis Family, ICYMI: Crystal Lagoon, local events, and more.

Francis family, Moss Park Reserve neighbors

Editor’s Note

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” —Henry David Thoreau

Hi there, neighbors.

Where do you go to get away from it all?

I considered this question on Earth Day, April 22, as I learned about a special place of refuge for people and wildlife.

It’s uncommon for people and wildlife to coexist peacefully. But there’s a wildlife refuge in the Moss Park area dedicated to preserving the very things that draw residents and visitors to it—native animals and the natural environment.

As part of its mission, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge rescues, raises, rehabilitates, and releases native animals that are injured or orphaned. Non-releasable animals—like Taylor and Honeybear (shown above)—become educational ambassadors to visitors who want to learn about the natural environment and how to preserve it.

Neighbors who call the Moss Park area home say it’s like living in their own state park; a place where the hustle and bustle of their daily grind gives way to the quiet and calm of their natural surroundings—where they go to get away from it all.

If your day needs an escape hatch and you’re lucky enough to live near the Moss Park area, it’s worth a visit. Your mind, body and spirit will be rehabilitated. As Henry David Thoreau noted: after a walk in the woods you’ll come out taller than the trees. Or at least you’ll feel like it.

Learn more about Back to Nature by visiting its website, https://www.btnwildlife.org, and about the Moss Park area by reading this month’s feature story (page 14).

In gratitude,

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