Sunday, July 15, 2012

media release- Camp Bayou

Back to school is right around the corner- time for Camp Bayou's annual event!

In preparation for the Back to School- Back to Nature event, Camp
Bayou is collecting school supply items such as loose-leaf paper,
binders, rulers, lunch boxes, backpacks and other typical school
supply items. Also acceptable are pens and pencils with company logos
so show your corporate pride and support! All donations will be
acknowledged during the event and in social media coverage before and
after the event.

On Saturday, July 28 from 9:30-10:30am volunteers will be making
tie-dyed table covers to be used during the Back to School event. If
you are interested in tie-dye, please stop in and learn how to make
your own. If you bring a clean white t-shirt, you can try making your
own creation after the table covers are complete. There is no charge
for this activity.

Camp Bayou's Annual Back to School- Back to Nature event will be held
on Saturday, August 4 from 9am- noon. Registered families will visit
several nature stations where they will learn something about frogs,
fossils, forests or one of several nature topics. This year there will
also be a station with information about NASA's Curiosity rover and
its expected landing on Mars on August 5. As in past years,
registration is requested but FREE, online at .

Some of the organizations that will be participating in this year's
event include:
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Florida Division of Forestry
League of Environmental Educators in Florida
There is still room for more stations. If your organization would like
to participate, please contact Dolly at .

Camp Bayou 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, membership and grants, BOLD offers programs to pre-registered
schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. Camp Bayou 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.
(BOLD)., Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) 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.
More information is on the web at or call


Pictured: Bob Burkhahn from Cargill presents a donation check for Camp Bayou to
George Shambaugh, Camp Bayou volunteer and BOLD board member.
Some of these funds will go toward the annual Back to School- Back to Nature event.

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