Session Descriptions

ANEW Session Descriptions

Friday, November 11; 1pm- 5pm
Camping 101
- Leave No Trace with Jeanene Arrington of Not a Clue Adventures. Find out how to explore the outdoors responsibly in this introduction to this outdoor ethic;
Camp Cooking with Lynn Kessel, food columnist at South Shore News. Learn a few basic outdoor cooking methods, tips and recipes that will guide you to better outdoor eating;
- Lost and Found in the Outdoors with Daniel Allen, Florida Master Naturalist Graduate and father of two small children will talk about best practices when enjoying the outdoors with kids;
- Tenting Basics with local Ruskin Boy Scout troop. Learn how to put up a tent and get camping tips from a kid's point of view!

Art in Nature
- Creative Writing Workshop with Dr. Diane Alvarez. Create a family poem or poems to remember your Camp Bayou experience! Master Naturalists will help you learn the names of plants on a guided walk with paper and pencil to capture images;
- Artistic Reflections with Ruth Shambaugh. Bring your watercolors, oil paints, charcoal or other mediums, or just sketch on the pads provided to capture a bit of Camp Bayou beauty through a spontaneous creation.

6 PM: Camp- Style Dinner- hot dogs and burgers on the grill !

7PM: Evening Speaker- Frogs, Water and More with Avalon Theisen followed by night hike with s'mores around the campfire.

For 10 lucky 'Clueless Campers' (families who have little to no experience with tent camping), the adventure continues overnight with special mentored camping. See event blog and registration for more details and restrictions.

Saturday, November 12, 9am- 4pm
Family Activities
- Macroinvertebrate Mania with Peggy Morgan from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to look for indicators on a healthy river;
- Fishing Clinic with Ms. Sandy and Ms. Jane who will show families how to tie a knot, cast a fishing line and more before trying your luck at catching a fish on the river;
- Scrub Walk with Dr. George and Ms Jeri to learn about ants, palmetto and fire as you stroll along the trail;
- Wildlife Garden for Birds and Butterflies with Tom Heitzman from Sweet Bay Nursery who’ll talk about native plants and the critters they attract in the landscape;
- Make a Fossil Sifter with Fred Hendershot of the Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum to make a piece of equipment essential if taking the Fossil Field Trip on Sunday. (cost:$9)
- Make a Cane Pole with Nature Center volunteers plus learn how to cast with this low-cost fishing pole. (cost $5)

General Sessions
- Peek inside an FMNP class with Ms. Dolly shows samples of the 3 modules in a typical class format.
- Nature Photography with Ms. Becki will lead the group on a trail walk to find bits of nature to preserve in photos. Bring your camera!
- First Native People with Mac Miller will discuss the people who inhabited the region more than 500 years ago.
- Noise Pollution with Professor O'Dell from Hillsborough Community College- Brandon
- The Great Migration, the spring & fall journey of birds with Melanie Higgins from Quest Ecology;
- Phenology and Climate with George Kish from USGS shows everyone connections between plants and climate and how you can help scientists learn more.

Between sessions, there is time to try a variety of activities geared for enjoying the outdoors in Florida, such as Geocaching, Letterboxing, casting practice, and more.

Afternoon social mixer
- Photo contest winners and other entries;
- West-Central LEEF's EE lesson plan display;
- Poster session of HCC- South Shore students in Dr. Holland's Enviro Studies class;
- Snacks and beverages
- Musical Magic of Mitch Traphagen who has dusted off his guitars and will sing songs that brings us all back to our youth.
- Followed by a Chicken Barbeque dinner, some vegan/gluten-free items will be available as well, $10/person.

Keynote speaker
Rob Heath, who has done much for Florida habitats in general and Tampa Bay's public lands in particular.

Evening Wrap-up with conversation and make-you-own sundae!

Sunday Field Trips, Nov 13
Pre-registered guests only- see registration form. Field trip registration will be taken at Event Registration table. The prices noted below do not include transportation or park entry fees. Directions to meeting location will be provided when you register.
3. Guided canoe tour at Camp Bayou, $30/canoe

Deadline to sign up for Sunday field trips is 3pm, Saturday, November 12.