Thursday, March 20, 2008

Camp Bayou Family Naturalists

Family Naturalists
12 weeks of Discovering Nature
Beginning on April 5 and continuing each Saturday morning from 9 – 10 a.m., through June 28, 2008, Camp Bayou will host a family-oriented series of free workshops for participants aged 4 through 104 (kids must be accompanied by an adult)
Each week a new ecological concept will be explored through hands-on activities, freebies and group discussions. A stewardship component will reinforce each day's appreciation of our watershed.
What is a Watershed? Come to the Spring Open House on April 19 when this question will be answered through a 'habitat scavenger hunt', just one of the hands-on activities offered over the next 3 months.
Dates and questions/activities for April:
4/5/08: What is biodiversity?
Activity- Netting aquatic critters in the river.
4/12/08: Where does rain come from?
Activity- Water cycle bracelets
4/19/08: What is a watershed?
Activity: Scavenger hunt for answer
4/26/08: What is a native plant?
Activity: Native American crafts
Look for a schedule for the entire series on the Camp Bayou Calendar online at
You can also join Camp Bayou's Family Naturalist Network where there is a variety of interesting items including photos, video, an online nature journal, calendar of events and more! Check it out at
Funding for Family Naturalist workshops is provided by a Community Education Grant from the Alafia Basin Board of the South West Florida Water Management District.

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 questions contact Dolly at or call 813-363-5438.


Photo from last year's Family Naturalist Program

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