Monday, December 20, 2010

Camp Bayou rings in the New Year

Camp Bayou's Happy New Year!
Start the year off right- grab the family and head to the great outdoors!
Camp Bayou will continue its first Saturday morning of the month, Family Naturalist Hour, this year, starting on January 1, 2011 from 9:30-10:30am! (Yes, we will be open New Year's Day.) Stop in for a short walk on the trail, looking for wildlife and signs of promised plant growth along the trail. A craft activity will be offered to either take home or complete after the walk. Program is free but donations of cash, snacks, drinks or materials are always appreciated. Contact Dolly to reserve your space- limited to 10 families- or 813-363-5438. Can't make this session? A different program is offered each month on the first Saturday from 9:30-10:30am- always free.
This series is a Be Out There!, Get Outdoors Florida, Children and Nature and No Child Left Inside inspired initiative.

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.

Pictured: A Palamedes Swallowtail is a common sight along Camp Bayou's trails.

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