Saturday, February 19, 2011

Media release- teacher workshop, Camp Bayou

Free Fire Curriculum and Workshops for Educators


Fire in Florida 's Ecosystems (FIFE) is a curriculum and educator  training program that gives teachers the information and tools to teach students in grades 3-12 about fire's natural role in Florida . 


Curriculum: 13 hands on activities that use fire to teach core concepts in science, math, social studies, and language arts. Each activity is correlated to the Next Generation State Standards and includes FCAT prep questions. FIFE is a program of the Florida Division of Forestry that is implemented by Pandion Systems, Inc.


Workshop date & time:  Saturday, May 21, 2011, 9:00 am–3:00 pm Workshop location:   Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, 4140 24th St SE, Ruskin , FL 33570.

Contact: Deborah Theisen (813) 907-1398 or for information and to register.


More Info:  Go to the website  


Camp Bayou is neither 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: Prescribed burn at Camp Bayou 2007
Photo credit: Dolly Cummings

Dolly Cummings

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

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