Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What's coming up at Camp Bayou

The monthly guided canoe tours at Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center continue through the Spring.
- Saturday, March 28, 9am-11am
- Saturday, April 18, 9am-11am
- Saturday, May 30, 9am-11am
Reservations are required for all canoe tours. Three-seater canoe rentals are available for $25 each. Bring your own canoe or kayak and join the tour for a $5 donation. Call the office at 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com to make reservations or for more information.

Save the Date for Camp Bayou's National Trails Day event on the morning of Saturday, June 6. Guided tours on land and water will be offered from 9am-noon with a fundraising BBQ lunch of pulled pork, side dish, beverage and dessert.

There will be a free teacher workshop on Saturday, June 20 from 9am- 3pm. Activities from FWC's Schoolyard Wild and Schoolyard Ecosystems will be presented. Participants will receive at least 2 curriculum guides at the end of the workshop. Workshop suitable for public and private school teachers, youth group leaders and homeschool parents. For more information, visit http://myfwc.com/education/educators/schoolyard-wildlife.

These activities are part of Get Outdoors Florida, Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, Be Out There!-NWF, Let's Move Outside, inspired initiatives.

Camp Bayou 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 accessible for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, supporters and grants, the Center offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it's open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. The Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum is open most Saturdays- please call before you visit.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is managed by the non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning & Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), in a public- private partnership with 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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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Camp Bayou's Spring Open House- Happy Pi Day- 3/14/15!

Join Camp Bayou volunteers for their Spring Open House with a Pi Day theme!
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9am-1pm.
This year, the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center Open House will be all about circles, cycles, spiral, spheres and other topics related to pi - 3.141592653...
Ongoing demonstrations and hands-on activities will show visitors how nature and pi coincide.
The morning activities include:
9am: Activity tables open
9:26:53am: Celebrate this special Pi Day moment with Bubbles!
10am: GPS tortoise burrow scavenger hunt with Daniel
10:30am: Speaker- Joann from C.A.R.E.
11am: Storytime in the Round
11:30am: Brunch $5 fundraiser- circle foods: pancakes and more!
12pm: Loop trail hike with Becki or canoe around the oxbow (special $10 rental per canoe)
12:30pm: Final door prize drawing
Other organizations joining in the morning activities include:
C.A.R.E, Ruskin Pack 662, Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum, Ruskin Library, Little Manatee River State Park, Tampa Bay Conservation Society, League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) and Florida Master Naturalists. Camp Bayou's parent non-profit, BOLD (Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc.) will present their annual report.
Door prizes will be awarded every half hour including books, water testing kits and t-shirt/hat, among other possibilities. Door prize tickets are free and available at the Camp Bayou display table to all who sign up for our e-newsletter. A free tomato plant will also be given to the first 50 people who sign 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. Check out the Camp Bayou Facebook page and for more information visit the webpage at http://www.campbayou.org/ or call 813-641-8545.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

On the Trail...

This armadillo was searching for food along the fence line outside Camp Bayou. He was so focused on food that he didn't notice me just 6 feet away- that is until I just couldn't hold the squat anymore and I had to stand up. It was too quick and the armadillo scurried off into the woods inside the fence.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter e-newsletter now available

Although it is nearly 3 weeks late, the winter 2014 issue of the Camp Bayou Buzzzz! is finally complete and available on our website. We use a cloud site for all our e-newsletters, as well as trail maps, brochures, volunteer applications and other often accessed items.

Fallen tree removed from trail this Fall
You can access the Winter issue directly by clicking here or check out all the sharable items in our Box.