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Register Now for H-2-Ohhhh! Water Festival at Camp Bayou

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Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is holding an H-2-Ohhhh! educational event on Saturday, June 2nd from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is appreciated and can be done online 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 on-site upon arrival 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, USF Water Atlas, League of Environmental Educators in Florida, Conserve It Forward 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:
• 9 am -- Gates Open- check in at registration table
• 9:30 am -- Aquatic Critter Netting with George
• 10 am -- Native Plants Walk with Diane
• 10:30 am -- Watercolor painting demo with Ruth
• 11 am -- Landscapes for Learning with Dolly
• 11:30 am -- 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!
• 12:30-2 pm -- 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 a 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 Environmental Lands Acquisition Protection (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 nonprofit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) in a public-private partnership with the nonprofit 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 CampBayou.org or call (813) 641-8545.

Map to Camp Bayou