Monday, March 30, 2009

media release- Camp Bayou Spring Open House

Media contact: Dolly Cummings
phone: 813-363-5438
Spring Open House at Camp Bayou
Spring is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the wonders of nature!
The Camp Bayou Spring Open House is an opportunity to see and do many of the activities that are offered throughout the year for families, school and youth groups, adults and just about anyone who enjoys being outdoors. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 8am-2pm with lots of family-friendly activities available- most of them absolutely FREE! This is an NCLI (No Child Left Inside- event and is part of National Environmental Education Week ( and is, of course, an early Earth Day celebration (

Schedule of Activities:

8am: Great American Cleanup begins– register at Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful-

9 am: Trail games begin– Butterfly Blingo, Scavenger Hunt, Riddle-me-this and more...

10 am: Wetland Walk-n-Wade – Take a walk through the wetlands to the river to see what critters we can net. Your feet WILL get wet!

11 am: Nature crafts– get into the outdoors with a variety of nature-related craft projects.

Noon: Spring Brunch– Buffet fundraiser, Vegetarian items available. $10/person.

1 pm: Slideshow– - "Environmental Education for all- age 3 through 103".

On-going throughout the day:

- Fossil Museum open
- Fossil pit dig (for small fee)
- Nature Center open
- 3 trails through varied habitats
- Canoe launch open
- Native People's Camp
- Native plants for sale
- Cart tours every half hour beginning at 9:30 am.

Other activities may be added so be sure to check for updates on the Camp Bayou Blog at .
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 SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin.
For information and directions call 813-641-8545 or visit the website at
Picture: Free "Highlight Cart Tours" depart on the half hour, on a first come, first serve basis

Dolly Cummings

"I do not understand how any one can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to." Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Cross Creek)

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