Monday, April 20, 2009

media release- Camp Bayou

Media contact: Dolly Cummings
phone: 813-363-5438
Events at Camp Bayou
Camp Bayou's annual Spring Open House, held on Saturday, April 18, started off with volunteers for the Great American Cleanup. Over 30 volunteers spent the morning picking up trash, helping in the Children's Activity area (part of 'No Child Left Inside-, showing visitors around the preserve or enjoying a well-deserved meal.
The next event at Camp Bayou is "Poetry in Motion", a Poem in your Pocket Day event, Thursday, April 30 starting at 9:30am. Join a Camp Bayou Naturalist for a walk around the preserve, then create a poem to share with the group. For more on PIYP day visit and click on the link in the calendar for April 30 or email Dolly at
Don't forget to stop by the Watershed Tent when you visit the Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2009 from 10am-5pm ( The Watershed Tent's environmental organzations offfer lots of great freebies, information and activities plus speakers on gardening topics. For a schedule of Watershed Tent speakers, visit and click on the Watershed Tent. 
Camp Bayou is a defunct RV park that has been converted back to its natural state for community enjoyment as a nature center and preserve. It is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. 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. For information and directions call 813-641-8545 or visit the website at
Pictured: Folks from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Plant City collect several bags of trash for the Great American Cleanup, a Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful event at Camp Bayou.

Dolly Cummings

"I do not understand how any one can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to." Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Cross Creek)

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