Sunday, February 10, 2008

media release- Camp Bayou

media contact: Dolly Cummings
phone: 813-363-5438
Florida Master Naturalist Program students go exploring
Eleven adults have embarked on a weekly mission to explore the wilds of Florida and learn some facinating facts along the way.
This year's focus at Camp Bayou is the Uplands module. Participants will learn about the various habitats and the creatures that call them home. A big component of these classes is learning how to communicate what is learned to others, either formally in tours or classes, or informally over the neighbor's fence.
Classes will continue each Saturday until March 1 when final projects are due and each participant graduates with a certificate, patch and pin. Registration is closed at Camp Bayou for this year but if you are interested in the Florida Master Naturalist Program, visit for current program offerings at other locations.
Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. For general information visit  or call 813-641-8545. A calendar of events is at or check out the Camp Bayou Nature Notes Blog at
11: Fred Jacobsen gives a talk/tour about the Native people who lived in this area before the arrival of Europeans.
18: Richard Sullivan gives a talk/tour about the restoration effort at the Cockroach Bay Preserve.

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