Sunday, April 13, 2014

Camp Bayou Paddle trips


Announcing upcoming paddle trips at Camp Bayou! 
Follow our naturalist guide in a paddle around the river loop. Canoe rentals are just $25 for a canoe that sits 3 people. Or bring your own canoe or kayak and join the tour for a donation of just $5. All tour dates leave the dock at 9am, returning by 11am. Reservations required- call 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com .
- Saturday, April 19
- Saturday, May 10
- Saturday, June 21

In addition, there will be short canoe trips during the National Trails Day event- Bayou, Boats and BBQ! Activities begin at 9am and end with a BBQ fundraiser at noon. Lots of family-friendly activities including critter netting in the river, casting contests and other water themed fun. BBQ lunch made possible thanks to Walden Lake Car Wash in Plant City and the Plant City Lion's Club.

Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. The Center is open to the general public, Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc (BOLD) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. For more information, visit http://www.campbayou.org .



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Camp Bayou Spring Open House


Camp Bayou Spring Open House


Saturday, March 29, 2014
9am-1pm
FREE family-friendly event
The theme, "Finding Wild", encourages visitors to find the 'wild' in their community.

Schedule:
9am- Native Plant Trail Walk w/ Becki

9:30am- Frog Storytime w/ Avalon

10am- Aquatic Critter Hunt w/ George

10:30am- Flintnapping w/ Lori

11am- Frog Talk/Walk w/ Avalon

11:45am- Human Frog Chorus w/ special guest, Clover

Noon- Wild Lunch- on the menu: Wild Orange Mojo Marinated Pork, Wild Rice and Beans, Salad w/ Wild Herb Dressing, and a beverage, for just $7 a person, or 2 for $10 (credit cards will be accepted this year, and cash of course ).

12:30pm- Annual Report of BOLD, managing non-profit of Camp Bayou

- Get your Save the Frogs Day passport from the Conserve it Forward table to learn about frogs and toads- maybe win a prize in the process.
- Take a short canoe trip around the oxbow island with a special reduced Open House rate of just $10/canoe for a 1 hour paddle starting at 9:30am; last canoe rental at 11:30am.
- Hop aboard a docent-guided cart tour of the trails. Tours leave on the half hour starting at 10am.
- Visit the butterfly habitat and talk with an Eagle Audubon Society volunteer about the plants and the butterflies that visit.
- Help create the largest display of origami birds in an activity that commemorates 100 years since the passing of the last Passenger Pigeon as well as the last Carolina Parakeet.
- Trace your child's hand to be added to a display for Children's Week.
- Celebrate Women's History Month with Rachel Carson.
- Learn a bit about the Florida outdoors with recent graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program- Lori, Charlie, Joanie and Kevin.
- Take the 'Rewild your life' Challenge- 30 minutes outdoors in nature for 30 days.
- Visit the Fishing Cabins and take a tour inside with Frank, a volunteer who helped restore them.
- The Little Free Library encourages reading in nature by offering books in an open air location. Visitors will learn about an upcoming program for World Book Night which will provide a free book by Michael Pollan to a limited number of participants.
- Other agencies and non-profits, such as Little Manatee River State Park, Florida Aquarium, Florida Master Naturalist Program, League of Environmental Educators in Florida and the Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum will be also be offering nature-based activities.

Activity tables will stay open until 1pm.

Activities are part of P3 FYCCN, Get Outdoors Florida, Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, Be Out There!-NWF, Wildlife Week, EE Week, Let's Move Outside, Children's Week inspired initiatives.

Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, membership and grants, the Center offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks.

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 www.campbayou.org or call 813-641-8545.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Camp Bayou Paddle trips

Enjoy a paddle trip at Camp Bayou! 
- Saturday, March 22 at 9am. Follow our naturalist guide in a paddle around the river loop. Canoe rentals are just $25 for a canoe that sits 3 people. Or bring your own canoe or kayak and join the tour for a donation of just $5. Reservations required- call 81-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com .
- Friday, March 14 at 7:30pm. Guided moonlight paddle around the river loop. Get a different perspective during an evening paddle using only the light of the moon for illumination.
 
Dolly Cummings
Homepage: www.campbayou.org
Cause-shopping: www.igive.com/campbayou
Our managing non-profit name is BOLD- Bayou Outdoor Learning & Discovery, Inc.

The earth has music for those who listen. ~George Santayana

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Request a Speaker

We have recently updated our Speaker's Bureau. In addition to our basic program which provides information about amenities and activities at the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, there are a number of new programs on a variety of topics available for a nominal donation to Camp Bayou. A sampling of the programs include:
- "Native Plants in Our Area"
- "Introducing the Florida Master Naturalist Program"
- "Citizen Science at Camp Bayou"
- "Plants for the Butterfly Garden"
- "Ruskin History"
- "Folk Tales from Camp Bayou"
- "Ucita: History of Florida Native People"
- "The Paleo Fossil Museum"
- "PleinAire painting (with or without demo)
 
To learn more or find out how to schedule a speaker for your organization's meeting, contact us at 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com.
 
Camp Bayou is nether 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, membership and grants, BOLD 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. General admission is still FREE.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between the non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning & 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 .

Monday, November 4, 2013

Camp Bayou Fall Announcements

The winners of the 2013 Camp Bayou Photo Contest were announced at the Fall Open House. The photos are on display in the Visitor's Center. Congratulations are in order for photographers in the following categories:
Macro
1st-Suzanne S. Austin-Hill, "Trametes Vericolor"
2nd-Allen Maser, "Gopher Tortoise"
3rd-Dolly Cummings, "Palmedes Swallowtail on Paintbrush"
Landscape
1st-Bruce Fallender, "Bayou Reflections"
2nd-Dotty Guerrera, "The Light at the End"
3rd-Shayna Coonin, "Blend In"
Plant
1st- Suzanne S. Austin-Hill, "...An Old, Old Story"
2nd -Marianne Phelps, "Berry Light"
3rd-Dotty Guerrera, "A Big One from a Little One"
 
The next program at Camp Bayou is the Full Moon Paddle on Friday, November 15, starting at 6pm. Expect a 90 minute to 2 hour paddle with Camp Bayou's experienced guides. Canoe rental is $25 each. If you wish to join the trip using your own canoe or kayak, we request a donation of just $5. Reservations required- contact Dolly at campbayou@gmail.com or call 81-641-8545.

The Little Free Library at Camp Bayou had its official opening day at the Fall Open House. Stop in to take a book to read or drop off a nature related book for a another visitor to enjoy.

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 ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, membership and grants, the Center offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is managed by the newly created, non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning & Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), in a public- private partnership with the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) 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 www.campbayou.org or call 813-641-8545.
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