News Release 537

Learn new outdoor skills Oct. 8-10 at Roaring River State Park

Volume 38-537 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 14, 2010 – Outdoor enthusiasts can step into Mother Nature’s classroom at the WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School Oct. 8-10 at Roaring River State Park near Cassville. This event will be packed with educational classes geared toward both the beginner and the experienced outdoor enthusiast. 

Participants can learn new outdoor skills or improve existing ones. Programs are offered starting Friday afternoon and ending on Sunday at 5 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Wonders of Wildlife, Bass Pro Shops, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri State University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Through hands-on experience, participants will develop outdoor skills in classes ranging from rappelling to outdoor cooking.  Classes will be offered in fishing, boating, hunting, archery, natural history, shooting sports, geocaching and many other outdoor-related activities. Registration forms are now available with a deadline to register of Sept. 24.  Some classes will fill up quickly, so registering early is advisable.  

This WOW event is perfect for the whole family. Costs for the event are $60 per person.  The fee covers class instruction and use of some equipment.  Participants must be nine years of age or older to register for regular classes, with the exception of the family courses offered on Friday.  On Saturday, a class called WOW Young Adventurers will be geared directly to kids ages nine to 12 and will cover numerous outdoor skills.  Children four to eight years old can register for the Kids Camp, which will be held all day on both Saturday and Sunday.  The youth camp will be fun-filled and full of educational activities that are designed to teach and inspire a child’s natural curiosity about nature and the great outdoors.  The cost of the youth camp is $50.

To obtain a registration form and course schedule, call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-334-6946 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), email or visit