Monday, April 28, 2008

media release - Camp Bayou, Ruskin

Media contact: Dolly Cummings

phone: 813-363-5438


Family Naturalist Program continues


There is still plenty more to discover at Camp Bayou during our Family Naturalist Program. Participants during April have netted critters in the river (What is biodiversity?), made a terrarium (What is the water cycle?), gone on a watershed scavenger hunt (What is a watershed?) and learned how to weave palm mats similar to those made by the early Native People in this area (What is a native plant?).


The Family Naturalist Program is free and re-registration is not required,. You can attend on just one or all Saturdays, from 9-10am, until June 28. On June 28, there will be a 3-hour Watershed Celebration with food, a ''Family Feud'- type game with prizes, plus awards based on attendance. To see a sampling of the types of awards and prizes offered, visit the Family Naturalist Network at While you're there, consider joining to connect with like-minded families.


Upcoming program themes include:

May 3- What are biological indicators?
May 10- What is citizen science?
May 17- What are invasive non-native species?
May 24- What lives beneath our feet?
May 31- What is a keystone species?
June 7- What is a Florida Friendly Yard?
June 14- What does water quality mean?
June 21- What is a wetland?
June 28- A Watershed Celebration!


Funding for the Family Naturalist Program is provided by the Alafia River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.


Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR 674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin, on the Little Manatee River.





419: The final activity each week is a stewardship action. Pictured are participants Savannah and Timmy Durden of Ruskin and Linda Lenoir of Brandon showing the pledge buttons they made to spread the word on ways to protect our watershed.


426: Kaitlyn Arruda takes a close look at a millipede that joined the group for a walk in the native plant nursery.


Dolly Cummings
Office: (813)641-8545
Fax: (813) 642 6155
Camp Bayou is a partnership between the
Ruskin Community Development Foundation and
Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

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