Camp Bayou will host a National Trails Day event called Bayou, Boats and BBQ from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The free event will be water-themed, with activities like fish casting, water games, splash ball and critter netting in the river. Participating organizations include the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Aquarium, Little Manatee River State Park, AmeriCorps, League of Environmental Educators in Florida and Florida Master Naturalists.
Guests can take a “Water’s Journey,” by visiting each of the display tables to be entered into a raffle to win a summer fun bag.
Canoe rentals will be available for $10 for up to one-hour of paddling around the oxbow. First come, first served. If you have your own canoe or kayak, feel free to bring it and join in at no charge. If you are bringing a boat, please launch it at the end of 24th Street or bring a caddy, since cars will not be allowed near the dock for this event due to safety concerns.
It’s also Butterfly Education and Awareness Day, and Camp Bayou is celebrating it in the butterfly habitat with kid-friendly butterfly activities.
Heather Nicole Photography, a local business that specializes in themed, natural light photography, will be set up at the fishing cabins for some Old Florida photos. The fishing cabins will be open with exhibits that highlight the historical uses of the river.
A lunch-time fundraiser, made possible by the Plant City Lion’s Club and Walden Lake Car Wash and Service Center, will start at 11 a.m. Choose from cheeseburgers, hot dogs or chili cheese dogs and a beverage for $5 per person. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted.
Another fundraiser, to help fund classroom renovation, will be under way, as well. Choose a beautiful nature-themed tile painted by a local artist for just $30.
Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of State Road 674 at the end of 24th Street SE, Ruskin. For information, call (813) 641-8545.