Saturday, September 4, 2010

media release- Camp Bayou Oct 16 fundraiser

1st Annual Beef n' Bones at the Bayou
Saturday  October 16, 2010
5 to 9 PM
Enjoy a night under the stars to support the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center and the Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum. Delicious food by a team of "Bayou grillers", music, entertainment and a Silent Auction!

A Special Event for the evening is the "sneak preview" of the #4 renovated fishing cabin. This cabin, moved from the original Giant's Fishing camp on the Alafia River, will serve as an educational exhibit showcasing the historical uses of the Little Manatee River- fishing, crabbing, recreation- all the way to Tampa Bay.
Frank Garcia of the Paleo Preserve will set the karaoke stage with Tedd Webb of WFLA Radio and some of the Famundah All-Stars of Tampa Bay.
The Silent Auction will feature drawings from local artists, nature photos and gifts from local merchants.  
Tickets can be purchased online at .
Cost:       $20 per person or $35 per couple. (Children  under 12 Free)
               Table Sponsors $300 (8 Tickets, VIP Parking & Seating)
Event Sponsorship or further information contact Jennifer McCafferty at .

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a 160 acre nature preserve whose mission is to preserve a sample of Florida's original habitats, and to use this Center for the purpose of promoting appreciation and understanding of our natural resources and of our local culture and history.
The Center includes a nature center, native people's camp, local history exhibit, native plant nursery and demonstration gardens, butterfly garden/habitat, miles of trails and a variety of activities of interest to outdoor enthusiasts.
The Paleo Preserve is comprised of 2 small fossil museums, The Casey-Leisey Fossil Museum and Frank A. Garcia Library feature fossils and photos from the famous excavation in 1983 which revealed species new to science. The first fossil museum on site contains a touch table, cases of fossils from around the world and other wonders.
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 or call 813-641-8545.


Photo: volunteers work through heat of summer to get cabins ready for "sneak peek" at Beef and Bones on the Bayou event. Finishing touches completed on roofs donated by All Steel Buildings and Components of Gibsonton.

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