Tuesday, May 19, 2015

National Trails Day coming soon!

Join Camp Bayou volunteers for National Trails Day!
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9am-12pm.
Guided trail walks, on land and water, will be the order of the day.
The morning activities include:

9am: Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum open- fossil dig available for small fee
9am: Advanced Beginner Canoe Paddle around the island south of Camp Bayou @ 90 minutes
9am: Fishing Cabin exhibit open
9:30: Trail walk- Tortoise Trail and Butterfly Habitat
9:30: Tours of Native Peoples village on the half hour
10am: Highlight tours via golf cart for those unable to walk the trails, leaving every 20 minutes
10:30am: Trail walk- River Ramble
11am: Beginner Canoe Paddle around oxbow island- for those who need to learn the basics or want a shorter trip @ 30 minutes
11:30am: Trail Walk- Wetlands Walk
12pm: Lunch $5 fundraiser- hot dogs, chips and a drink

Canoe rentals are $25 per 3-seater canoe for either session. Have your own canoe or kayak? Join us for just a $5 donation. Please call to reserve your canoe 813-641-8545.

Teachers! Camp Bayou will host a SchoolYard Wildlife workshop on Saturday, June 20 from 9am-3pm. Learn some great activities to do with your students this fall, all with citizen science applications to bring the real world into the classroom. Enter drawing for free 1-year membership in the League of Environmental Educators in Florida. You will receive several curriculum guides upon completion of the workshop, plus be entered into a drawing for a discounted field trip for your entire grade level from your school next year to Camp Bayou. Other door prizes will be awarded. Contact Dolly to sign up for this workshop- campbayou@gmail.com .

Parents! Save the Date- Saturday, August 1, Back to School- Back to Nature event. Free admission, kids participate in a nature themed activity then receive a free school supply item. Registration coming soon at campbayou.org .
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. Check out the Camp Bayou Facebook page or for more information visit the webpage at http://www.campbayou.org  or call 813-641-8545.

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