Sunday, May 20, 2012

Learn more at H2Ohhh!

We're keeping this week's blog post short so we can include the official announcement for the H2Ohhhh!- Aquatic Reflections event less than two weeks from now!

This week's question is- What is the simplest way to avoid problems in your landscape?

Here's a few great resources: 
Right Plant, Right Place
The Art and Science of Landscape Design
Florida Friendly Landscaping
Florida Friendly Plant Database


The answer to this and all the other questions will be revealed at our special event:


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

Pre-registration is appreciated for H2Ohhh! at
www.campbayou.org. You'll also be entered into the contest for grand prizes such as a hydration backpack when you register. Visitors can register at the event if internet access is unavailable.

There will be several aquatic activity tables set up on the “Big Lawn” with folks from Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Tampa Bay WaterAtlas, League of Environmental Educators in Florida,
ConserveItForward.org and Camp Bayou volunteers. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the morning for water related items such as water bottles, water test kits and more.

Scheduled activities:

9am: Gates Open- check in at registration table
9:30am: Aquatic Critter Netting with George
10am: Native Plants Walk with Diane
10:30am: Watercolor painting demo with Ruth
11am: Landscapes for Learning with Dolly
11:30am: Swamp Dog Lunch available for purchase- $5 includes hot dog, chips and drink
Noon: Final door prize drawings for free use of canoe during afternoon paddle- 5 winners will be picked!
12:30-2pm: Canoeing the Little Manatee River Loop with Camp Bayou staff

If you have your own canoe or kayak, you are welcome to join us on this 90 minute paddle around the island south of Camp Bayou.


Can't make the event? You can still enter the prize drawing by filling out the survey link at
SeeDoShowH2O.blogspot.com. 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, or browse through the event blog. Deadline for entries is June 16.

H-2-Ohhhh! is sponsored by grant from the Southwest Water Management District.


H2Ohhh! is also a
National Trails Day's 'Trailgating' event.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 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 www.campbayou.org or call (813) 641-8545.
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