The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a project of the Florida, 501 (c) 3, non-profit- Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. otherwise known as B.O.L.D. It is run entirely by volunteers and funded through programs and the generosity of local supporters. Camp Bayou is operated in partnership with Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation who own this ELAPP parcel in the public interest.
The goal of BOLD is to develop an outstanding educational center, one that serves the entire population— not just a single school grade or the wealthy or the disadvantaged— everyone who is interested in the natural world around them: its past, present and ultimately its future.
Hours of Operation: Thursday- Saturday, 9am-2pm.
Location and Directions: Camp Bayou is located on the Little Manatee River at the south end of 24th St SE, 3 miles south of SR674, off I-75 exit 240B in Ruskin.
Physical address: 4140 24th St SE, Ruskin, FL 33570.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 507, Ruskin, FL 33575-0507.
Dogs are allowed at the preserve if on hand-held leash.
Disclaimer: Camp Bayou is first and foremost a nature preserve. These 160 acres are saved for Florida’s native flora and fauna. These include creatures that often concern some folks- spiders, snakes, etc., although the biggest dangers are generally feral hogs, fire ants and poison ivy. Be aware that there is a certain amount of ‘wild’ here and it is very important that you remain observant and use a good dose of common sense while out on the trails without a guide.