WOW event taking place next weekend

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's not too late to sign up for the 15th annual Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) outdoor recreation and conservation school taking place at Roaring River Oct. 7 through Oct. 9.

WOW is a hands-on learning experience that attracts people of all ages and interests. The classes teach basic skills for families and individuals to help them enjoy outdoor activities in a safe, responsible manner.

With over 200 people signed up for the weekend classes, Naturalist Tim Smith said the event is sure to be a success.

"We have teachers that have expertise and skills in each area of interest," Smith said.

Classes offered include multiple sessions in the areas of archery, boating, fishing, fly fishing, hunting and trapping, nature history, nature art, outdoor adventures, outdoor recreation, outdoor cooking and shooting sports.

Registrations received after Sept. 16 will be accepted only if space is available and will be subject to a $10 late fee. Registration fees are $60 per person and covers instruction, use of some equipment, Saturday evening dinner and a long-sleeved T-shirt. Trans-portation and lodging are not included.

In observance of WOW's 15th anniversary, a cake and ice cream celebration will take place on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this event, participants will be able to learn how to expand their outdoor knowledge and skills by talking to conservation groups and product vendors. Additionally, there will be various activities and games for the entire family.

There will be a cookout on Saturday night beginning at 6 p.m., which is included with the price of the registration. Additional meal tickets can be purchased at the registration desk for $10. All other meals will be on responsibility of the participant unless otherwise stated in the course descriptions.

To find a complete list of courses offered, visit WOW at

Registration materials are available online at For information on classes that still have openings, contact Wonders of Wildlife at 417-225-1118 or at 417-225-1131.

For information on campsite availability and costs, contact Roaring River State Park at 847-3742.

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