Monday, May 19, 2014

Bayou, Boats and BBQ at Camp Bayou, June 7

Make a Splash at Bayou, Boats and BBQ!

Camp Bayou will host a National Trails Day event- Bayou, Boats and BBQ- on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9am-noon.

This FREE event will be water-themed with fish casting, water games, splash ball and critter netting in the river to name just a few. Organizations participating include SWFWMD, Florida Aquarium, Little Manatee River State Park, AmeriCorps, League of Environmental Educators in Florida, Florida Master Naturalists, and Camp Bayou volunteers. Take a 'Water's Journey" while visiting each of the display tables to be entered into a raffle to win a 'Summer Fun' bag, winner to be announced at noon.

Canoe rentals will be available for a special event price of just $10 that will allow you paddle around the oxbow island for up to 1 hour. First come, first served. If you have your own canoe or kayak, feel free to bring them to join the paddle around the oxbow at no charge. If bringing your own boat, please launch at the end of 24th St or bring a caddy since cars will not be allowed near the dock for this event due to safety concerns.

It's also Butterfly Education and Awareness Day (BEAD) and we are celebrating in the butterfly habitat with kid- friendly butterfly activities.

Heather Nikole Photography, a local business that specializes in themed, natural light photography, will be set up at the fishing cabins for some 'Old Florida' photos. The fishing cabins will be open with exhibits that highlight the historical uses of the river.

A lunch time fundraiser, made possible by the Plant City Lion's Club and Walden Lake Car Wash and Service Center, will start at 11am. Choose from cheeseburgers, hot dogs or chili cheese dogs for just $5/person, includes a beverage. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

Another fundraiser, to help fund our classroom renovation, will be on display as well. Choose a beautiful nature-themed tile painted by a local artist for just $30. See Camp Bayou's Art Coordinator, Bruce Fallender for information and purchase. You can view or purchase tiles online by visiting our Square Market 'store': .

These activities are part of National Trails Day, 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's ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, supporters and grants, the Center 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.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is managed by the 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.

Picture: Canoeing is just one of the fun activities at the Bayou, Boats and BBQ event!

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