Monday, August 13, 2012

Upcoming Events in Missouri State Parks and WOW - KC

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Missouri State Parks hosts informational meeting Aug. 25 at Pershing State Park

For more information: 573-751-1010

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Pershing State Park near Laclede. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the informational meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. 

Recent accomplishments at the park and future plans will be highlighted during the informational meeting. Visitors are invited to share comments on the park’s services and operations. 

The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

Pershing State Park is located 18 miles east of Chillicothe or seven miles west of Brookfield on Highway 36 in Linn County. The park’s campground is located approximately one mile south of Highway 36 on Missouri Route 130. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park office at 660-963-2299. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Learn to enjoy the outdoors at WOW Kansas City Sept. 21-22

For more information: 573-751-1010

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Have you ever wanted to learn skills that will enhance your outdoor adventures? If you answered yes, then WOW Kansas City is for you. WOW Kansas City will be held in Swope Park Sept. 21-22 and registration is open now.

The WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School is packed with opportunities for people of all ages to learn outdoor recreation skills. The event will begin on Friday evening with a camping opportunity, and will continue from 6:30 a.m. to 3 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; the National Park Service and Missouri State University.

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. WOW will offer classes in a variety of outdoor skills including archery, fishing, canoeing, camping and more. Trained professionals provide hands-on instruction for people who may not be familiar with the outdoors and children who may be experiencing nature for the first time. 

Participants will camp at Swope Park Friday evening and participate in Saturday classes at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Transportation to the wildlife area will be provided from Swope Park. Classes are open to anyone age five years and older. Children between five and 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the classes. For youth over the age of 12, use parental discretion to determine whether the youth is capable of attending classes unsupervised. 

The cost to attend is $15 per person or $30 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. 14.

Camping Friday night at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park 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, nature crafts and hikes. Tents will be available for 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 Registration information and forms are also available on the web at