Sunday, October 14, 2007

media release: Camp Bayou , Ruskin

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

Family Naturalist Program starts at Camp Bayou

It's time again to learn about the wildlife in our community and, specifically, to see how the Camp Bayou critters are doing since last season. Each week's focus is on a particular theme, with a short classroom portion, a longer hands-on segment and a example stewardship activity which everyone can do.
Program is free and it is not necessary to register although it is appreciated. Call Dolly at 813-363-5438 for more information.
Program begins promptly at 9:30am on the following Saturdays: Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.
Visit our website at .

Family Naturalist Program
Schedule of activities
All activities begin at 9:30am
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Introduction- What is a Naturalist?
Butterfly inventory
Service project- weeding habitat
Saturday, October 20, 2007
What is a Biological Indicator?
Aquatic Invertebrate count
Service Project- trash pickup
Saturday, October 27, 2007
What is a Keystone Species?
Gopher Tortoise burrow hunt
Service Project- signs
Saturday, November 3, 2007
What is Biodiversity?
Natives in the landscape- grow your own
Service Project- non-native plant removal

Resources and activities will be listed on-line at
Plus, group web journal to post your observations.
Program repeats in January, April, July and October.

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