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.



 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Upcoming events at Camp Bayou

Entries for the Annual Photo contest will be accepted through October 10.
Camp Bayou has several events planned for the next couple months. Be sure to mark your calendar for these activities:

On Saturday, September 19, join us for the International Coastal Cleanup from 8:30am to noon. We will be cleaning trails and waterways so volunteers are needed on foot and by canoe or kayak. Register with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful- http://keeptampabaybeautiful.org . If you miss this volunteer workday, the following Saturday, September 26, is National Public Lands Day. Starting at 9am there's more opportunities to work on trails, native plant nursery, native gardens and more. Call 813-641-8545 to sign up.

On September 19, starting at 7pm, there will be a paddle/hike for International Observe the Moon Night (http://observethemoonnight.org ). Pre-registration is required by calling 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com. Canoe rental is $25 for a 3 person canoe or join us with your own canoe or kayak for a $5 donation. The evening will end with s'mores around the campfire and favorite moon stories from near and far.

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 (pre-Columbus), then contact our volunteer coordinator, Jeri Hundertmark, at 813-641-8545 to get started. A Teacher Workshop for new and returning educational volunteers is set for Saturday, October 3 from 9am-noon.

Donations of landscape tools such as weed-eaters, grass clippers, lawn-edger and the like are being sought to help with Center maintenance.

Save the date- Fall Open House, Saturday, October 17 from 9am-1pm. The theme is Nature Crafts with scheduled sessions on making vine wreaths, candle shells, crochet coral and forest-bathing, plus a variety of tables with other great nature crafts. The lunchtime fundraiser will be foods with a nature theme such a 'spider' hot dogs and 'porcupine' meatballs.

These events are a Be Out There!, Get Outdoors Florida, FYCCN, Let's GO- Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, and Let's Move Outside inspired initiative.

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. Take a Child Outside - September 24-30

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Back to School- Back to Nature

Camp Bayou's 8th Annual Back to School- Back to Nature event will be held on Saturday, August 1 from 9am- noon. The event is Free. Registered families can 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 Teacher Resource Exchange- an area for educators to leave materials they no longer need or pick up something new. A preview Teacher Workshop at 10am will introduce one activity from each of the various environmental education guides. 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:

Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation
Florida Aquarium
Little Manatee River State Park
Florida Forestry Service
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Girl Scout Troop 349
Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum
Florida Master Naturalist Program
League of Environmental Educators in Florida

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, photo contest, activities and events.

New this year, a guided canoe trip will begin at noon, weather permitting. Canoe rentals are $25 for a 3 seater canoe. If you own a canoe or kayak, you can join us for just a $5 donation per person. Call 813-641-8545 to reserve your space.

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.

This event is a Summer Learning Day, Be Out There!, Get Outdoors Florida, FYCCN, Let's GO- Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, Plutopalooza and Let's Move Outside inspired initiative.

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.

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.