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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 30, 2022 – Team members at Echo Bluff and Current River State Parks introduce "Women Outdoors" class series for women taught by women. Participants in these hands-on classes will learn and share new skills in the outdoors. Classes will be held at these two state parks the second Thursday of each month from April through September.

All equipment will be provided. Participants must be 16 years old to attend. 

Registration is required. To register, contact Connie at 573-751-1224 or

Classes include:

April 14: Fishing and Fish Fry, Current River State Park – meet at the lower lake.
In this class, you will learn how to fish and clean and cook your catch. Participants supply the fish and Current River State Park team members will supply everything else for an outdoor cookout. 

May 12: Archery, Echo Bluff State Park – meet at the field by Zoe Lodge.
Learn how to use a bow and how throw an atlatl as well as a Swiss arrow. 

June 9: Dutch Oven Cooking, Echo Bluff State Park – meet at the Bluff Top Pavilion.
Participants will learn how to cook "wild" and store-bought dishes, including a vegetarian dish.

July 14: Kayaking, Current River State Park – meet at the upper lake.
Participants will learn basic skills and put them into practice during an interpretive nature tour around the lake. Participants are encouraged to bring their own personal flotation device if possible. 

Aug. 11: "Wild" Spa Night, Current River State Park – meet at the lodge.
Participants will learn to make foot and hand scrubs as well as rose water. Sweet treats will be served. 

Sept. 8: Nature Journaling, Echo Bluff State Park – meet at the Bluff Top Pavilion.
Participants will learn tips for nature journaling in the field and explore watercolor pencils and tonal paper. Bring your own journal if you have one. 

The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others.

Echo Bluff State Park is located at 35244 Echo Bluff Drive, Eminence, in southeast Missouri. Current River State Park is located on Highway 19, approximately 23 miles south of Salem and approximately 15 miles north of Eminence.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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