News Release 099

Learn new outdoor skills April 29-30 at WOW Columbia event

Volume 39-099 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 12, 2011 – Learn the skills that will help you enjoy the outdoors at the annual Columbia Wonders of Wildlife or WOW school, on April 29-30. The Columbia WOW School will offer outdoor education courses at the A. Perry Phillips Park in Columbia and Rock Bridge Memorial State Park south of Columbia.

WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Schools are designed to teach participants how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility. Classes are offered Friday evening and all day Saturday, and for even more outdoor adventure, overnight camping is available Friday evening.

The Columbia WOW school offers a variety of classes including nature photography, Dutch oven cooking, canoeing, fishing, birding, hiking and birding. Participants can learn abut geology, wildflowers, orienteering, archery and how to spot a wild morel mushroom.

Columbia WOW is a cooperative event sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri Division of State Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, National Park Service, Missouri State University, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bass Pro Shops, Wonders of Wildlife, Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Tracker Marine and Lincoln University.

The WOW event is perfect for the entire family with something for all ages. Participants in the main WOW courses must be 13 years or older. For the younger enthusiasts, Kids' Camp is offered for kids ages 4 to 8 and Young Adventurers offer classes for children 9 to 12 years of age. These classes give kids the opportunity to study and learn about the outdoors in their own way. Activities for kids include hiking, crafts, archery, fishing, games and lots of fun.

"These WOW events are great economical ways for families and children to connect to the outdoors and learn new skills that will help them enjoy it," said Bill Bryan, director of Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks. "I urge anyone who wants to learn these skills to register today."

The cost for the event is $30 per person or $60 per family of four and will cover instruction, use of some equipment and a WOW t-shirt. Families and individuals can register for the Columbia WOW School on the Wonders of Wildlife website at Deadline to register is April 18.

All money raised from registration costs will go toward funding additional WOW schools across the state: Springfield on April 15-16, St. Louis on June 4-5, Kansas City on Sept. 23-24, and Roaring River State Park near Cassville on Oct. 7-9.