Sunday, May 16, 2010

Recruiting organizations and Save the Dates

Camp Bayou is making plans for 3 upcoming events. We are seeking environmental and/or science related organizations to participate in these events to help us provide a well-rounded experience for our visitors. For each event, we will provide a table and chair, a prime location on the 'Lawn' to display your information and/or activities (sales are permitted if % is donated to Camp Bayou) and recognition of your participation in all publicity (if your participation is confirmed at least one month before the event).Please contact Dolly at for more information and/or registration form if you are interested. The dates of these events with short blurb about them:

1. Saturday, August 7, 2010, 9am-12pm- "Back to School, Back to Nature": a morning of hands-on fun getting back to nature while getting the kids ready for back to school. Organizations need to have a quick nature-related activity for the kids. If you can provide a back to school item that would be wonderful, if not we will assign you an item to distribute. Click here for a summary of last year's event.

2. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 9am-2pm- US Science and Engineering Festival Satellite event: A celebration of science held on the same weekend that thousands of people will celebrate science in the National Mall- . The theme for the Camp Bayou event is Citizen Science, similar to our Symposium held in 2009.

3. Saturday, December 4, 2010, 9am-2pm- Holiday Open House- more celebrations of the natural world around us. This is a looser event, with the very broad goal of introducing people new to the outdoors and rekindling previous relationships (I remember when I was a kid I used to...). There is also a photo contest, member BBQ and this year we will be trying to attract some nature-based craft vendors in the holiday spirit. .

We also welcome event volunteers who love nature and like sharing that love with others. Duties may include assisting with trail walks, activities, registration, etc. Contact Dolly for more information and a volunteer form- .

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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