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Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

a project of Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc.

Fact sheet

Summary: In cooperation with Hillsborough County government, Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (B.O.L.D.) operates Camp Bayou as an environmental education and hands-on learning center.
Physical location: 4140 24th St. SE, Ruskin, Fl (not a mailing address)
Directions: @ 3 miles south of SR674 off exit 240W on I-75
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 507, Ruskin, FL 33570
Contact phone: (813) 641-8545
Contacts: Dolly Cummings- Project Leader, Camp Bayou Richard Sullivan- Hillsborough County Resource Mgmt liaison
Hours: The Center is staffed and open Thursday- Saturday, 9am-2pm only. Trails can be accessed seven days a week from 8am - 6pm (street parking only)
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Mission:It is the mission of BOLD to sustain a portion of Florida’s original habitats, in the Little Manatee River Watershed, and to promote appreciation and better understanding of our natural resources, local history and culture through education.
Size: Camp Bayou is a 160 acre nature preserve located in the middle of the Little Manatee River system and proximate to the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve and Tampa Bay.
Funding : Camp Bayou is financially supported thorough local grants, donations, membership, and dedicated volunteers.
History:Camp Bayou was an RV campground back in the 1970s. It is now publicly owned through Hillsborough County's Environmental Lands Acquistion and Protection Program (ELAPP), and managed for public use by Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc..

Partners and Supporters:

Paleo Preserve

Eagle Audubon Society

Hillsborough County
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