Friday, September 12, 2014

Volunteers needed at Camp Bayou

With a new school year, a newly designed website and an education brochure to help promote programs, Camp Bayou is seeking volunteers to help during school field trips, staff the visitor's center, and other tasks in this completely volunteer operated Center. 

Potential volunteers should contact the office at 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com to arrange an orientation tour with Jeri, the volunteer coordinator. Time commitment may be as few as 3 hours per week, increasing with interest and enthusiasm. We are currently in need of retired teachers who are still thrilled with the look on a child's face when they 'get it'. A special volunteer training day will be held on Saturday, September 27.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County's ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, supporters and grants, the managing non-profit- B.O.L.D. - offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. Monthly canoe tours are now available by reservation only. Check the online calendar for trip dates. The Center is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks.  General admission is still FREE.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (B.O.L.D.)., and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org/ or call 813-641-8545. 

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Pictured: Children learn about gopher tortoises- just one of many program topics at Camp Bayou.
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Camp Bayou Summer Paddle Trips

The summer schedule for Saturday guided paddle trips at Camp Bayou continues...
Aug 23, Sept 20 are morning trips that start at 9am. On Sept 6, there will be a moonlight paddle for International Observe the Moon Night, starting at 7:30 pm.
Canoe rental is $25 (seats 3). If you have your own canoe, join us- $5 donation requested. Call to reserve your space- 813-641-8545.
 
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County's ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, supporters and grants, the managing non-profit- B.O.L.D. - offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. Monthly canoe tours are available by reservation only. Check the online calendar for trip dates. The Center is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks.  General admission is still FREE.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org/ , Facebook  or call 813-641-8545
 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

7th Annual Back to School- Back to Nature- Sat., Aug 2

Learn something at a Nature Station and earn a free school supply item!
Camp Bayou's 7th Annual Back to School- Back to Nature event will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 9am- noon. The event is Free. Registered families will visit several nature stations where they will learn something about frogs, fossils, forests or other natural topics. Registration is requested but FREE online at www.campbayou.org .
 
Enjoy the Florida outdoors while learning about the wonderful types of nature around us everyday! Before leaving each station, children will be given a free school supply item! For a possible extra bonus, children will be given a free raffle ticket after their family signs in at the registration table. Tickets will be drawn every 30 minutes for other items, including backpacks, journals, lunch bags, and more. 
 
There will be a LEEF Teacher Resource Exchange- an area for educators to leave materials they no longer need or pick up something new. Teachers can also learn about field trips to the Nature Center or Fossil Museum, upcoming teacher professional workshops, Florida Master Naturalist Program, League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) regional information and annual conference. Teachers who sign up for the e-newsletter will receive a goody bag of items to help in the classroom.
 
Organizations that will be participating in this year's event include:
 
A drink cooler will be on hand to help keep participants hydrated with free cups of water, compliments of Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) plus information about Center programs, activities and events.

Camp Bayou is still accepting donations of school supplies or cash to purchase them. Your donation allows the Center to continue to provide these types of events for free. Expected attendance is approximately 200 children. Please contact 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com to arrange a drop off or pick up.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County's ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, supporters and grants, the managing non-profit- B.O.L.D. - offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. Monthly canoe tours are now available by reservation only. Check the online calendar for trip dates. The Center is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks.  General admission is still FREE.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (B.O.L.D.)., and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org/ or call 813-641-8545. 
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Paddle Trips at Camp Bayou

The summer schedule for Saturday guided paddle trips at Camp Bayou is set!

July 19, Aug 23, Sept 20 are morning trips that start at 9am. On Sept 6, there will be a moonlight paddle for International Observe the Moon Night, starting at 7:30 pm. Canoe rental is $25 (seats 3). If you have your own canoe, join us- $5 donation requested. Call to reserve your space- 813-641-8545.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County's ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, supporters and grants, the managing non-profit- B.O.L.D. - offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. Monthly canoe tours are available by reservation only. Check the online calendar for trip dates.

The Center is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. General admission is still FREE. The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org , Facebook or call 813-641-8545.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gardening in Florida

I am talking to some folks at the Ruskin Library on Saturday, June 28 at 10am, for those interested in gardening books for Florida. Here's the handout for anyone who wants an easy way to go to the links mentioned or for those who can't make it out to the talk that morning.

Gardening in Florida- resources and other food for thought…

By Dolly Cummings, Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

There is an abundance of gardening books available. Here are a few clues to help find the very best information in print:

-       Is it written specifically for Florida? Beware of generic gardening books that just slap ‘Florida’ in the title but offer few specifics regarding Florida’s unique conditions, from soils to weather.

-       Has it been published recently? If reprinted from editions pre-2000, beware of lack of updated information- particularly regarding non-native plants.

-       If there is a USDA Hardiness Map, does it show that Tampa Bay is in Zone 9b : average minimum temperature 25 to 30 (F)?

-       Do they suggest planting Florida Holly, Brazilian Pepper, Mexican Petunia or other plants currently on the FLEPPC’s list of category 1 invasive plants- REJECT!

Online resources have the ability to be more up-to-date but you still need to make careful website selections. Here are a few to get you started :

EDIS and UF/IFAS general- http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu

Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide- http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH021

Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Crops- http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg373

Florida Native Plant Society- http://fnps.org

USF Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants-  http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu


Invasive Plants list- http://www.fleppc.org/list/list.htm


Florida Gardening Magazine- http://www.floridagardening.com

Camp Bayou Blog- http://campbayou.blogspot.com  where this list is available


​Nearby nurseries and gardens to view and/or buy plants for Florida:

Sweetbay Nursery, Parrish, Fl​- http://sweetbaynursery.com 

USF Botanical Gardens, Tampa, Fl- http://gardens.usf.edu