Monday, November 4, 2013

Camp Bayou Fall Announcements

The winners of the 2013 Camp Bayou Photo Contest were announced at the Fall Open House. The photos are on display in the Visitor's Center. Congratulations are in order for photographers in the following categories:
1st-Suzanne S. Austin-Hill, "Trametes Vericolor"
2nd-Allen Maser, "Gopher Tortoise"
3rd-Dolly Cummings, "Palmedes Swallowtail on Paintbrush"
1st-Bruce Fallender, "Bayou Reflections"
2nd-Dotty Guerrera, "The Light at the End"
3rd-Shayna Coonin, "Blend In"
1st- Suzanne S. Austin-Hill, "...An Old, Old Story"
2nd -Marianne Phelps, "Berry Light"
3rd-Dotty Guerrera, "A Big One from a Little One"
The next program at Camp Bayou is the Full Moon Paddle on Friday, November 15, starting at 6pm. Expect a 90 minute to 2 hour paddle with Camp Bayou's experienced guides. Canoe rental is $25 each. If you wish to join the trip using your own canoe or kayak, we request a donation of just $5. Reservations required- contact Dolly at or call 81-641-8545.

The Little Free Library at Camp Bayou had its official opening day at the Fall Open House. Stop in to take a book to read or drop off a nature related book for a another visitor to enjoy.

Activities are part of Get Outdoors Florida, Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, Be Out There!-NWF, Let's Move Outside inspired initiatives.

Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County 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 Center offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is managed by the newly created, non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning & Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), in a public- private partnership with 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.

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