Camp Bayou’s Back-to-School/Back-to-Nature Event: Free School Supplies, Teacher Resource Exchange and More

Camp Bayou 5th Annual Back-to-School/Back-to-Nature FlyerTime: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, August, 2012
Location: Camp Bayou
Cost: FREE, but registration is requested (Register online at; Hot dogs, chips and soda for sale beginning at 11 a.m.
Info: Dolly at (813) 641-8545; Website

What’s Doing?
Camp Bayou’s 5th Annual Back-to-School/Back-to-Nature event will be held on August 4. 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.

Even Better! Before leaving each station, the children will be given a FREE school supply item! For a possible extra bonus, children will be given a FREE raffle ticket when they arrive, after their family checks in at the registration table. Tickets will be drawn every 30 minutes for other items, including backpacks, journals, lunch bags, and more.

Camp Bayou Back-to-School/Back-to-Nature Event Guests

Visitors have fun learning about nature then receiving a free school supply item at last year’s Back to School- Back to Nature event.

Just for Teachers:
This event will include a LEEF Teacher Resource Exchange as well, which is an area where educators can leave materials they no longer need, or pick up something new. Current items available in the Teacher Exchange include:
— Fish tank with some accessories
— Posters
— Colorful nature magazines
— Water quality test kits
… and more!

Teachers can also learn about field trips to the Nature Center or Fossil Museum, upcoming teacher professional workshops, League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) regional information and Florida Master Naturalist Program updates.

Participating organizations will include:
— Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
— Florida Division of Forestry
— League of Environmental Educators in Florida

NOTE: A cooler will be on hand to help keep guests hydrated with FREE cups of water. There will also be hot dogs, chips and soda for sale beginning at 11 a.m.

This event is a Summer Learning Day, Be Out There!, Get Outdoors Florida, “Let’s GO”- Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, and Let’s Move Outside inspired initiative. Plus, this year, it is also a Mars Curiosity Landing event.

A Little Bit About Camp Bayou
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, offers programs to preregistered schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. Camp Bayou is open from Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. General admission is FREE.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public-private partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc., Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR 674 at the end of 24th Street SE in Ruskin.

Camp Bayou
4140 24th Street SE
Ruskin, FL 33570

Thanks for sending us your event information, Dolly!

Photo, logo and flyer courtesy of Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center.

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