Learn about the wonders of the outdoors at WOW St. Louis June 5-6

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Volume 37-126 For Immediate Release: May 14, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Have you ever wanted to learn to camp, fish, go canoeing or create great meals outdoors? If you answered yes, WOW St. Louis is for you. Enjoy a day filled with outdoor activities at the 2009 WOW St. Louis event in Forest Park on Saturday, June 6. Plan to get the most out of this outdoor experience by camping on Friday, June 5.

WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School is packed with opportunities to learn skills to enhance your outdoor experience. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Bass Pro Shops, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Wonders of Wildlife, National Park Service, St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Missouri State University and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This year features more exciting courses and an enhanced day camp experience for younger participants.

This event will offer classes in a variety of outdoor skills including archery, canoeing, fishing, woodworking, orienteering, rock climbing, outdoor cooking and more. WOW St. Louis is designed to teach participants how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility. Classes are open to anyone age nine or above. The cost to attend is $10 per person or $25 per family of four, making it an affordable day of family fun. Morning and afternoon snacks and a box lunch will be provided.

Advance registration is required and the deadline to register is May 15. Financial assistance is also available by writing a letter explaining your need to Carlotta Lewis at the St. Louis Area Parks Office, 2650 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103.

In addition to the regular activities, the Wild Outdoor World Youth Camp is open to kids ages four to eight whose parents are participating in WOW. Led by qualified Department of Conservation and National Park Service staff and assisted by MDC volunteers and Senior Scouts from the Girl Scouts Council of Eastern Missouri, the youth camp will offer younger children an exciting day of fishing, crafts, games and a scavenger hunt.

The camping experience in Forest Park on Friday night will include a campfire, campfire stories, stargazing, s'mores and more. Tents will be available to those who don't have a tent on a first-come, first served basis.

For more information or to request a registration packet, contact the Department of Natural Resources' St. Louis Area Parks Office at 314-340-5794 or toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). Or, you can send an email to moparks@dnr.mo.gov. Registration information and forms are also available on the Web at http://mostateparks.com/wow.