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.

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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