Sunday, March 21, 2010

media release- Camp Bayou, Ruskin

Request a Speaker
Camp Bayou has recently enhanced their Speaker's Bureau offerings, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Diane Alvarez, Camp Bayou Speakers Coordinator. In addition to our basic program which provides information about amenities and activities at the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, there are a number of new programs on a variety of topics available for a nominal donation to Camp Bayou. A sampling of the programs include:
- "Native Plants in Our Area"
- "Introducing the Florida Master Naturalist Program"
- "Citizen Science at Camp Bayou"
- "Plants for the Butterfly Garden"
- "Ruskin History"
- "John Ruskin and Sustainability"
- "The Nature Writers"
- "Folk Tales from Camp Bayou"
- "Ucita: History of Florida Native People"
- "The Paleo Fossil Museum"
- "PleinAire painting (with or without demo)
To learn more or find out how to schedule a speaker for your organization's meeting, contact Diane at 813-634-7969 or email
Camp Bayou is nether 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, membership and grants, the RCDF 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. General admission is still FREE.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) 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 .


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