Tuesday, May 19, 2015

National Trails Day coming soon!

Join Camp Bayou volunteers for National Trails Day!
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9am-12pm.
Guided trail walks, on land and water, will be the order of the day.
The morning activities include:

9am: Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum open- fossil dig available for small fee
9am: Advanced Beginner Canoe Paddle around the island south of Camp Bayou @ 90 minutes
9am: Fishing Cabin exhibit open
9:30: Trail walk- Tortoise Trail and Butterfly Habitat
9:30: Tours of Native Peoples village on the half hour
10am: Highlight tours via golf cart for those unable to walk the trails, leaving every 20 minutes
10:30am: Trail walk- River Ramble
11am: Beginner Canoe Paddle around oxbow island- for those who need to learn the basics or want a shorter trip @ 30 minutes
11:30am: Trail Walk- Wetlands Walk
12pm: Lunch $5 fundraiser- hot dogs, chips and a drink

Canoe rentals are $25 per 3-seater canoe for either session. Have your own canoe or kayak? Join us for just a $5 donation. Please call to reserve your canoe 813-641-8545.
 

Teachers! Camp Bayou will host a SchoolYard Wildlife workshop on Saturday, June 20 from 9am-3pm. Learn some great activities to do with your students this fall, all with citizen science applications to bring the real world into the classroom. Enter drawing for free 1-year membership in the League of Environmental Educators in Florida. You will receive several curriculum guides upon completion of the workshop, plus be entered into a drawing for a discounted field trip for your entire grade level from your school next year to Camp Bayou. Other door prizes will be awarded. Contact Dolly to sign up for this workshop- campbayou@gmail.com .

Parents! Save the Date- Saturday, August 1, Back to School- Back to Nature event. Free admission, kids participate in a nature themed activity then receive a free school supply item. Registration coming soon at campbayou.org .
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 or for more information visit the webpage at http://www.campbayou.org  or call 813-641-8545.

Friday, May 15, 2015

On the Trail...

The butterfly orchids (Encyclia tampensis) are starting to bloom at Camp Bayou! I am not posting their exact location because I worry about poachers. Come out in the next couple weeks, take a walk around and see if you can spot them.


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.