Roaring River to host National Outdoor Conservation School

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Roaring River State Park will host Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School Oct. 9-11.

Participants are invited to discover and learn outdoor skills at the hands-on event, which will feature 35 different courses in a variety of topics designed to introduce individuals and families to the great outdoors.

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. Oct. 9 and will continue through 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Courses will be available in topics ranging from archery, dutch oven cooking, fly fishing, paintball, crafting, rappelling, shooting and more. Participants can take up to two different classes per day.

In addition to courses, there will be a silent and live auction, and dinner, for participants Saturday night.

A Kids' Camp will be also be available for children ages 4-8 Oct. 10 and 11. Children ages 9 and older may take classes with their parents.

Cost is $60 per participant, which covers all classes, classes dinner Saturday night and a long-sleeved T-shirt. Kids' Camp is $50, which includes activities, lunch and a T-shirt.

"The purpose of WOW is to teach participants how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility," said Kerry Hays, Roaring River State Park manager. "Local residents benefit by having a national outdoor school opportunity at Roaring River State Park."

The event began in Springfield in 1997 and was first held at Roaring River State Park in 1998. This year, it will be held in Cassville, Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis

Participants are advised to register online before the deadline of Sept. 18. To register, participants may go to, then click on Cassville to see registration forms and a catalog of classes.

Registration can be completed by mail or fax. For more information, people may also call Wonders of Wildlife at 417-225-1162 or 417-225-1118 or email them at

Hays said he encourages families to attend the event at Roaring River State Park to learn valuable skills, but also for the experience.

"WOW is a National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School that introduces families and individuals to a variety of outdoor activities," he said. "WOW teaches experiences through hands-on learning in an outdoor setting that attracts a wide range of ages, interests and abilities. It is a very affordable family outing and an excellent outdoor educational experience."

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