Enhance your outdoor experience by attending WOW Kansas City Sept. 25-26

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Volume 37-289 For Immediate Release: Aug. 31, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Have you ever wanted to learn skills that will enhance your outdoor adventures?  If you answered yes, then WOW Kansas City is for you.

The 2009 WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School, which will be held in Swope Park in Kansas City on Sept. 25-26, is packed with opportunities to learn outdoor recreation skills. The event will begin on Friday evening with a camping opportunity, and will continue from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation; Bass Pro Shops; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Missouri Department of Conservation; Wonders of Wildlife; and the National Park Service.          

WOW will offer classes in a variety of outdoor skills including archery, fishing, hiking, canoeing, campfire cooking, camping and more. WOW Kansas City is designed to teach participants how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility. Participants will camp at Swope Park Friday night and participate in Saturday classes at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area near Lee's Summit. Saturday's classes are part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day event at the site and transportation to the wildlife area will be provided from Swope Park.

Classes are open to anyone age nine or above, however, nine to 12 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to classes. A Junior WOW day camp for ages five to eight will be provided to families participating in WOW.

Camping on Friday night will be held at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park and will begin at 4 p.m. with tent setup and a hands-on outdoor cooking experience (food is provided). Evening activities will include an owl program, family activities and hikes. Tents will be available to those who do not have one and can be reserved during the registration process.

The cost to attend WOW Kansas City is $10 per person or $25 per family.  Financial assistance is also available.  Advance registration is required and the deadline to register is Sept. 18. Registration information and forms are available on the Web at www.mostateparks.com/wow.htm or can be requested by calling the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946.

For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources by calling 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or sending an email to moparks@dnr.mo.gov