Camp Bayou Nature Preserve & Outdoor Learning Center

Canoe/Kayak Launch Bird Watching Hiking Trail Museum

A majority of preserves and some parks are now open. Visit the Closures & Reopenings page for more info.

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Location and Hours


4140 24th St. SE
Ruskin, FL 33570


Canoe launch and west section of the preserve

  • Daily from 8 AM to 6 PM
Visitor's center
  • Thurs. - Sat. from 9 AM to 2 PM


(813) 671-7754


The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a 160 acre nature preserve run entirely by volunteers. It is operated in partnership with the non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) and our Conservation and Environmental Lands Management department.

For the most recent updates on the status of the center and other site amenities, please visit BOLD's Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center website or call (813) 641-8545.

Camp Bayou Map | Camp Bayou Trail Map


Features and activities include:

  • butterfly garden
  • visitor's center
  • canoe and kayak launch
  • fossil dig
  • geocaching and letterboxing
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum



  • Bird Watching
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch
  • Hiking Trail
  • Museum
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Visitors Center