News Release 517

Learn to enjoy the outdoors at WOW Kansas City Sept. 24-25

Volume 38-517 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751-6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 2, 2010 -- Have you ever wanted to learn skills that will enhance your outdoor adventures?  If you answered yes, then WOW Kansas City is for you.  You can learn about all types of outdoor recreation skills at the 2010 WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School planned for Sept. 24-25 at Swope Park in Kansas City.

The event will begin on Friday evening with a camping opportunity, and will continue from 6:30 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, GPS, 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. Activities at the wildlife area are offered as part of the site’s National Hunting and Fishing Day event. Transportation to the wildlife area will be provided from Swope Park.

Classes are open to anyone age nine or above. Those between nine and 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to classes. The cost to attend is $10 per person or $25 per family, making it an affordable day of family fun. Financial assistance is also available. Advance registration is required and the deadline to register is Sept. 11.           

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 and family activities and hikes.  Tents will be available to those who do not have one and can be reserved through the registration process.

For more information or to request a registration packet, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources by calling toll free 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or sending an email to moparks@dnr.mo.gov.  Registration information and forms are also available on the Web at mostateparks.com/wow.htm

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