The Friends of Fort Cooper will sponsor a Bat House Building Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 Old Floral City Road, Inverness. Park entrance fee is $3 per car.

Join members of the Florida Bat Conservancy for a Bat House Building Workshop at Fort Cooper State Park and learn how to build and install an effective bat house. Bats consume millions of insect pests each year, and a well-placed bat house helps replace lost natural roosts and gives bats a place to call home.

Bat house “kits” are created for participants to build during the workshop. Each kit is complete, and is pre-stained and painted, so that once built it’s ready to install. The cost of each kit is $40 and covers the materials used in the construction. These bat houses are a three-chambered model that will accommodate 300-350 bats. This is the same bat house that is sold elsewhere for $100. Participants will build their bat house with the guidance of an instructor and take home a bat-ready roost.

Space is limited and reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 29. Call 321-890-6154 to reserve your bat house kit and register for the workshop. This workshop is appropriate for families with school-aged children with parental participation. Participants should bring a battery-operated screwdriver or drill gun with charged batteries, a Philips head screwdriver bit and a hammer.

Wear comfortable, old clothes, as we will be using caulk. Closed-toe shoes are also recommended. Bring drinking water and plan for a full, two-hour workshop.

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