Special Encore Family Naturalist Programs on Fridays through June
Camp Bayou is offering a special encore of the FREE Family Naturalist Program workshops that were held last month, this time on Friday mornings from 9am-11am through June. The Family Naturalist Program is free and pre-registration is not required. You can attend on just one, or all Friday and/ or Saturdays, until June 28.
FREE Friday Family Naturalist Workshops schedule:
June 13- net critters in the river (What is an indicator species?); count butterflies for University of Florida's Butterfly Network (What is citizen science?);
June 20- hunt for 'aliens' along the river (What are non-native invasive species?); net critters in the river (What is biodiversity?)
June 27- dig under the leaves and soil (What lives beneath our feet?), check out the critters living in a gopher tortoise burrow (What is a keystone species?).
** PLUS **
Don't miss the rest of the FREE Saturday morning Family Naturalist workshops from 9-10am:
June 7- What is a Florida Friendly Yard? (native plant walk then make your own terrarium) June 14- What does water quality mean? (do chemical tests on river water samples) June 21- What is a wetland? (explore the wetlands near the river, net critters) June 28- A Watershed Celebration!
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 http://familynaturalists.ning.com/. While you're there, consider joining to connect with like-minded families.
Funding for the Family Naturalist Program workshops 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.
pictured: Kaitlyn Allen of Gibsonton gets the BIG picture through a magnifying glass of all the insects and other critters caught in a pitfall trap placed near the entrance to a gopher tortoise burrow.
You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts." ~ Richard Feynman