Friday, September 12, 2014

Volunteers needed at Camp Bayou

With a new school year, a newly designed website and an education brochure to help promote programs, Camp Bayou is seeking volunteers to help during school field trips, staff the visitor's center, and other tasks in this completely volunteer operated Center. 

Potential volunteers should contact the office at 813-641-8545 or email to arrange an orientation tour with Jeri, the volunteer coordinator. Time commitment may be as few as 3 hours per week, increasing with interest and enthusiasm. We are currently in need of retired teachers who are still thrilled with the look on a child's face when they 'get it'. A special volunteer training day will be held on Saturday, September 27.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center 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 managing non-profit- B.O.L.D. - offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. Monthly canoe tours are now available by reservation only. Check the online calendar for trip dates. The Center is 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 Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (B.O.L.D.)., 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: Children learn about gopher tortoises- just one of many program topics at Camp Bayou.

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