WOW School coming to Roaring River State Park in October

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Registration ends Friday for event

Springfield-based Wonders of Wildlife National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School will offer outdoor activities from Oct. 10-12 at Roaring River State Park.

"It's for families or individuals to come out for the weekend and take different courses that we offer that are outdoors skill type of courses, and camp, and just learn what it is like to be outdoors and enjoy the outdoors," said Peggy Smith, chief financial officer of Wonders of Wildlife.

The cost is $60 per person and $50 per Kids Camp participants. Kids Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 11 and 12, for children who are 4 to 8 years old. Registration ends Friday. Registration forms are at

Missouri State Parks is pleased to partner with several other state and federal agencies to provide the WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Schools, said Tim Smith, an interpretive resource coordinator for Missouri State Parks. Park staff work to coordinate assistance, provide locations for some of the instructional sessions and often serve as instructors. The program offers around 15 different hands-on classes.

"WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School has been held at Roaring River State Park every Columbus Day weekend since 1998," Smith said.

Programs will be held at various locations throughout the park, as well as at Camp Eagle Rock and on Table Rock Lake, he said. Instructors come from a variety of agencies, and each one is experienced and well-qualified for the discipline they teach. Classes stress the importance of safety and any needed equipment will be provided, unless the class materials specifically ask participants to provide their own.

The mailing address to send the registration forms is Wonders of Wildlife, Attn: Misty Mitchell, RRSP WOW School, 500 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, MO 65807. People can also send their forms by fax at 417-225-1169.

For more information, people can call Roaring River State Park at 417-847-3742, or they can contact Wonders of Wildlife at 417-225-1118 or

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