Sunday, April 10, 2016

Guided Firefly Paddle at Camp Bayou

Did you think there were no fireflies in Florida? Then here's a program for you! April is the beginning of firefly season in this area of Florida.

Join Camp Bayou naturalists for a paddle around the island in search of fireflies, blinking in their enchanting way, in prime habitat along the Little Manatee River.
Friday, April 22, 2016
7:30- 9:30pm

Canoe rental is just $25 per 3-person canoe or join us in your own canoe or kayak for just a $5 donation. Reservations required- call 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com. Gates open a 7pm.

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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Pictured: Previous canoe paddles at Camp Bayou
Photo credit: Dolly Cummings

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Nature Fest- April 16, 2016

Join Camp Bayou volunteers for their Spring Nature Fest with fun for the whole family! A variety of activity tables will be set up throughout the morning.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9am-1pm.

The morning activities include:
9am: Activity and game tables open
9:30am: First round of predator-prey shuffleboard
10am: Aquatic netting at the oxbow
10:30am: iNaturalist demo and trail walk
11am: Nature Concentration Trivia
11:30am: Lunch fundraiser- $5 hot dogs, mac & cheese and more!
12:30pm: Final door prize drawing
Other organizations joining in the morning activities include:
Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum, Little Manatee River State Park, 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.
 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Camp Bayou Activities Update

Guided Canoe Tour
Camp Bayou is still busy with activities through the end of the year. Be sure to mark your calendar for these activities:

On Saturday, November 21, starting at 9 am, there will be a guided canoe tour around the island south of Camp Bayou.  Canoe rental is $25 for a 3 person canoe or join us with your own canoe or kayak for a $5 donation.
A Night Hike is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 5:30 -7 pm.Experience the forest using only your natural night vision- no flashlights will be used. Hike will end with a campfire and s'mores. A donation of $5 is requested to help cover the cost of supplies.

Pre-registration is required for both these activities, please call 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com.

Camp Bayou is looking for volunteers to help with nature programs during school field trips. If you like spending time outdoors, observing our natural world and sparking an interest in the science of nature and/or Florida's native people, then contact our volunteer coordinator, Jeri Hundertmark, at 813-641-8545 to get started.
A Project Learning Tree (PLT) Teacher Workshop will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 (MLK Day), 9am- 3pm. PLT offers a variety of materials for use with youth in grades PreK-8 including curriculum materials developed for use nationwide and supplementary materials created specifically for Florida educators. An emphasis on correlations to citizen science opportunities will also be presented. Sponsors are being sought to cover the cost of curriculum guides and materials. Teachers must pre-register at campbayou@gmail.com or call 813-641-8545.

The Freshwater Wetlands module for the Florida Master Naturalist Program will begin at Camp Bayou in January 2016. For more information and to register, visit http://masternaturalist.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. More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org or call 813-641-8545.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Camp Bayou Fall Open House

Camp Bayou's Annual Fall Open House will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9am-1pm. The theme this year is Nature Crafts. As always, there will be an educational spin for each craft table. There will be crafts for all skill and age levels so there's something for everyone!

Schedule of activities:
9 am           Photo Contest Awards

9:30 am      Experiencing the Forest

10 am         Fairy house creations

10:30          Nature candles

11 am         Fund-raising lunch*

11:30 am     Vine wreaths

12:30 pm     Ruth’s Memorial Tree Dedication
A previous Open House- Ruth is seated on the left. We will have a memorial tree dedication for her at 12:
Craft tables for making bird feeders, solar prints, nature weaving, primitive paint brushes and other natural crafts will be set up on the 'Big Lawn', plus activity tables with Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum, C.A.R.E., Little Manatee River State Park, and more...

*Fundraising lunch just $5 per person- choice of either:
- ‘Spider’ w/web (all beef hot dog & kraut)

- ‘Porcupines’ (turkey meatballs w/rice)

Plus a side of ‘Brain Coral’ (mac and cheese),
beverage and dessert

Contact Camp Bayou at 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com  for more information.
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.