Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Announcing June 2 event- H2Ohhh!

New event at the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center in Ruskin

Aquatic Reflections
Saturday, June 2, 2012
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
FREE family-friendly fun!

Participants are asked to pre-register for H2Ohhh! at http://www.campbayou.org/.

There will be several aquatic activity tables set up on the "Big Lawn." Plus, since it is National Trails Day, there will be hikes that highlight water-related facts. For instance, did you know that our native prickly pear cactus is a great survival plant for people as well as animals? The flowers produce edible fruit and the prickly pads can be peeled away to provide a moist snack when water is scarce.

Participating organizations include Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Tampa Bay WaterAtlas and ConserveItForward.org.

These activities are part of Get Outdoors Florida!, "Let's GO"- C&N, No Child Left Inside, Be Out There!-NWF, and Let's Move Outside inspired initiatives. Camp Bayou is an active member of LEEF (League of Environmental Educators in Florida).

Can't make the event? You can still enter the prize drawing by filling out the survey on the registration webpage. Since only entries with all correct answers are eligible for the drawing, it will help to attend the event where all the questions will be answered during the morning course.

Still can't make the event? During May, the event blog at http://bit.ly/602media will post information that may include hints to all the answers. You can also sign up for blog updates in the box on the left side of the webpage.

Deadline for entries is June 16.
H-2-Ohhhh! is sponsored by grant from the Southwest Water Management District.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center (Camp Bayou) is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County's ELAP program purchased the land. It is now open to the public for day use only. Through volunteers, donations, membership and grants, Camp Bayou offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families! Plus, it's open from Thursday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is managed by the newly created, non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) in a public-private partnership with the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of S.R. 674 at the end of 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin. For more information, visit the website at http://www.campbayou.org/ or call (813) 641-8545.

Pictured: Children have fun looking for aquatic critters in collections pans filled with river water.

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