Sunday, April 10, 2016

Guided Firefly Paddle at Camp Bayou

Did you think there were no fireflies in Florida? Then here's a program for you! April is the beginning of firefly season in this area of Florida.

Join Camp Bayou naturalists for a paddle around the island in search of fireflies, blinking in their enchanting way, in prime habitat along the Little Manatee River.
Friday, April 22, 2016
7:30- 9:30pm

Canoe rental is just $25 per 3-person canoe or join us in your own canoe or kayak for just a $5 donation. Reservations required- call 813-641-8545 or email Gates open a 7pm.

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 and for more information visit the webpage at or call 813-641-8545.
Pictured: Previous canoe paddles at Camp Bayou
Photo credit: Dolly Cummings

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