Thursday, November 6, 2008

media release-Ruskin 12/6/08

Media contact: Dolly Cummings
phone: 813-363-5438

6th Annual Holiday Open House at Camp Bayou

Ruskin- Camp Bayou's Holiday Open House will be held Saturday, December 6 from 9am-2pm. Our semi-annual Open Houses are a great way to see a sample of all the exhibits and activities- new and established. Admission to the Open House is free but some activities charge a small fee as noted in the schedule below.

Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR 674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Visit on the web at, email or call 813-641-8545. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

6th Annual Holiday Open House,
Saturday, Dec. 6, 9am-2pm

Schedule of Activities at Camp Bayou: 

9- 11:30am: Wildlife Celebration presented by the Crawford Art Studio from the SS Regional Library. Learn about some of our common birds and create a clay sculpture of your favorite! Workshop held in Pavilion.


9am: Guided walking Tour 1- Wetland Walk. Begins at Nature Center .


9:30am– 1:30pm: Highlight Cart Tours– 20 min tours on 7 passenger cart on the half hour. Meet at Visitor's Center


10am:  Aquatic Explorations – Join our naturalist to net critters in the river. Meet at Pavilion.


11 am: Guided walking Tour 2- Tortoise Trail.  Begins at Nature Center .


Noon: * Holiday BBQ- Annual fundraiser, Vegetarian items available. $10/person. In Pavilion.

(* Reservations are not required but the BBQ fundraiser is 'first come- first served', while supplies last, so come early for a tasty selection!)


1pm: Guided walking Tour 3: River Ramble. Begins at Nature Center .


Plus- On-going throughout the day:


o        Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum open


o        Leisey-Casey Discovery Center and Frank A. Garcia Research Library open


o        Fossil pit dig (for small fee)


o        Nature Center open- with docents from Girl Scout troop 508 of Ruskin


o        Nature Crafts for Kids– ongoing with   Girl Scout Gold Awardee Janet Zicht from troop 966


o        3 trails through varied habitats


o        Native plants for sale


o       Native Peoples Camp tours on the hour w/ Ruskin History Project docents


o        Archaeology dig (for small fee)


o        Butterfly Habitat with Eagle Audubon Society


All activities are family-friendly so come out and enjoy a fun-filled day while learning about the world around us in the Little Manatee River Watershed!
photo by Dolly Cummings
Pictured: Highlights from previous Open Houses. More photos available for download at

Dolly Cummings

Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
- Hans Christian Anderson

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