VENUS-What are the remarkable coincidences that lead to the establishment of Archbold Biological Station? Why is Archbold here in Highlands County?
The history of the station and its founder, Richard Archbold, will be presented by Fred Lohrer, at a special Founder's Day celebration open to the public on Feb. 9.
Lohrer will lead visitors down the "Walk Through Time" historic trail, opened in 2012, revealing behind-the-scene-facts about Archbold and the legacy he and his family built at Archbold Biological Station.
Sign-in begins at 1:45 p.m. and the one-hour walking tour follows at 2 p.m. A suggested donation for the tour is $5 per person.
Richard Archbold moved to the former John A. Roebling Estate in February 1941 and established the station, now celebrating 73 years as a biological field station.
"Many folks in the local community have heard about Archbold; some of the long-time residents even knew Mr. Archbold and have fond memories of him," Lohrer said. "Yet, when it comes to knowing the how, why, and what about Archbold Biological Station, the public is less aware of the great research, conservation, and education contributions that have been since 1941, and are still being made in the local community, region and state."
The public is invited to arrive earlier in the day to take advantage of the picnic area, weather permitting, to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scrub.
The self-guided Walk Through Time Historic Trail is open to the public daily. A special Walk Through Time history brochure is available at the Learning Center to aid visitors in making the most of their trail experience.
Archbold Biological Station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of S.R .70 on Old S.R. 8.
For information, go to www.archbold-station.org. During business hours call 863-465-2571.