Tuesday, December 30, 2008

media release- What's new for 2009 at Camp Bayou

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

What's new for 2009 at Camp Bayou
New (and mostly FREE) at the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, Ruskin, FL:
- Each Friday at 9am, join in a Camp Bayou Walk-about. This program leaves from one of 5 trailheads each week and continues at a moderate pace for an hour. This is not a guided nature walk that strolls along and stops frequently for discussion. It is meant to provide a workout that is good for your physical as well as mental health. A new study in the journal Psychological Science reveals that spending time in nature may be more beneficial for mental processes than being in urban environments (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081218122242.htm). De-stress and enjoy the beautiful Florida outdoors.
- Each Saturday at 10am, visitors can take our 'Highlight Tour' on our 7 passenger cart. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and is subject to cancellation. Please call ahead if you wish to take this tour. 
- Camp Bayou continues to offer the Family Naturalist Program on the first Saturday of each month at 9am. Each themed session explores an ecological concept through hands-on activities and discussion. For a list of themes, visit the Family Naturalist Network at http://familynaturalists.ning.com.
- On the fourth Saturday each month at 10am, there will be guided tours of the Native Peoples Camp. The simulated archeology dig will also be open (for a small fee) but please call ahead if you wish to participate in this activity to ensure proper prep and staffing. For more on the history of the area, visit http://ruskinhistory.org.
- Remember, the Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum and Dig is open on Saturdays from 9am- 2pm. Don't forget to check out the exhibits in the new Leisey- Casey Discovery Center and Frank A. Garcia Research Library. For more information on Paleo programs and exhibits visit http://paleopreserve.org .
- Reminder- Camp Bayou offers a variety of programs for a modest fee for organized groups, accommodating the young and the young-at-heart. Check out the possibilities at www.campbayou.org. Make your reservation now for this spring and summer.
- Save the Date: Friday- Saturday, March 20-21, 2009, 9am-2pm each day is the Citizen Science Symposium. The focus of this event is science awareness and how everyone can be a scientist for a day. This event is part of the Year of Science 2009- www.yearofscience2009.org . We are currently seeking both adult and teen volunteers to help with the day's activities. Earn some school community service hours and help make this event a success!
For more information on any of the activities or programs mentioned,  please call Dolly 813-363-5438 or email campbayou@yahoo.com. For general information call the office at 813-641-8545.
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, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.
Pictured: Dogs are allowed on the trails at Camp Bayou as long as they are on a hand-held leash and poop-scooped. 

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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