Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Camp Bayou to host back-to-school nature event

RUSKIN — Before students return to the classrooms, Camp Bayou officials want them to soak up as much of the outdoors as possible.

As part of their support of the No Child Left Inside Coalition, Camp Bayou in Ruskin is hosting a Back to School — Back to Nature event Saturday with activity stations and free school supplies.

Children can net water insects, identify butterflies, learn about metamorphosis and look at fossils at Paleo Preserve. They can also draw, make pinch pots and watch a butterfly release at noon.

It's free and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Camp Bayou, at the end of 24th Street SE in Ruskin.

Free school supplies, including paper and pencils, will be handed out after children complete each station, and free raffle tickets will be handed out for larger items, such as backpacks.

There will also be a "teacher exchange area," where teachers can donate items from their classrooms that they no longer use and pick up items that others have donated.

Camp Bayou is providing some items, such as fish tanks, educational posters and water testing kits.

Families and teachers must register by either e-mailing or calling (813) 641-8545.

Adults should include their names, the number of children attending, the name of their schools and their ZIP codes. Teachers should include their grade level and school.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or (813) 661-2443.


Camp Bayou's Back To School — Back to Nature event

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Camp Bayou, at the end of 24th Street SE, Ruskin

Information: Call 363-5438.

Camp Bayou to host back-to-school nature event 07/31/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2008 4:33am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 10th resident from sweltering Hollywood nursing home dies

    Public Safety

    A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse after the facility lost power following Hurricane Irma has died, Hollywood police said.

    The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, 1200 N. 35th Ave. [EMILHY MICHOT | Miami Herald]
  2. Feeling mental fatigue after Hurricane Irma and other disasters? It's real.


    TAMPA — Blackness. Eyes closed or open, the same.

    A Tampa Bay Times reporter in a sensory deprivation tank used for floating therapy at Sacred Floats & Gems Co. located at 6719 N Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Floating therapy relaxes people because they experience a sense of zero gravity when they are inside the tank, which contains 150 gallons of water and 1000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  3. Trump vows more sanctions on North Korea


    President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to impose more sanctions on North Korea as he prepared to meet with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea to seek a common strategy in confronting the isolated nuclear-armed state.

    U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters on Sept. 19, 2017. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in New York described as "the sound of a dog barking" Trump's threat to destroy his country. [Associated Press]
  4. Tampa chamber of commerce votes against tax increase on business property


    TAMPA — The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday voted against supporting a city of Tampa plan to raise taxes on commercial properties in the city for 2018. The property tax, included in the city's proposed $974 million budget, would boost taxes from $5.73 to $6.33 for every $1,000 in property value.

    The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce voted against supporting a city tax hike on commercial property. Pictured is Bob Rohrlack, CEO of the chamber. | [Times file photo]
  5. How should St. Pete make up for dumping all that sewage? How about a street sweeper?


    Every crisis has a silver lining.

    In the case of St. Petersburg’s sewage crisis, which spawned state and federal investigations and delivered a state consent decree ordering the city to fix a dilapidated sewer system, the upside is figuring out how to satisfy the $810,000 civil penalty levied by the Florida …

    City Council chairwoman Darden Rice said it was important to chose carefully because residents will be paying attention.