Sunday, December 9, 2007

press release- Camp Bayou 'camp', Jan 3 & 4, 2008

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

Winter vacation day camp at Camp Bayou

A special winter vacation day camp will be offered at Camp Bayou on Thursday and Friday, January 3 and 4, 2008, from 9am-4pm. Camp theme is 'Be a Citizen Scientist'.

In the morning, tour a re-created Indian camp, learn how daily needs were supplied by their natural surroundings and create a craft such as pinch pots or weaving; then learn how archaeologists work and discover 'artifacts' in the simulated dig. Time will be alloted to piece together each 'find' to determine what each item is and its use. Extension for the citizen scientist is how residents can help professionals by being responsible, taking good notes and photos of items found, which will increase our knowledge of pre-Columbian history.

In the afternoon, learn how naturalists discover the wonders of nature. Activities include netting aquatic insects in the river, then looking for wildlife along the trails using a variety of monitoring methods including track and scat identification, pit traps, and point counts. Time will be alloted to create some equipment to monitor wildlife in your own yard. Extension for the citizen scientist is learning about the many possible Citizen Science monitoring opportunities in our area that help researchers learn more about the wildlife in our communities.

Lunch time is planned at noon- participants should bring a bagged lunch.

Cost for each day of camp per child is $75. Suitable for kids aged 7-12. Registration required and limited to 18 children.

For more information or to register, contact Dolly at or call 813-363-5438.

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


Pictured: Students from Cypress Creek elementary do a netting activity similar to afternoon activity at winter camp and show off their prize catches.

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