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Registration period: August 29 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Whether you're out camping and forgot a piece of your kit, or you are lost in the wilderness and facing a survival situation, it can be useful to know how to turn natural materials into tools. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. After a short discussion of material types, we will get hands on time to create our own measure of cordage with locally gathered items. Supplies will be provided. Bring drinking water.
Registration period: July 8 - August 11
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:00 am - Sunday, October 3, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Carr's Canoe Rental

Join MDC Staff for our Introduction to Backpacking Program where we will hike the Current River Challenge from the Round Spring located in Ozark National Scenic Riverways to Echo Bluff State Park (4.5 miles) with an overnight at Echo Bluff. The next day we will hike to Current River State Park (4.5 miles) and kayak back down to our starting point at the Upper Round Spring take-out along the very beautiful spring-fed Current River (4 miles).

Expect the Ozark Hills terrain of steeper climbs (roughly 1,190 foot elevation gain) to beautiful overlooks as well as hikes along ridge tops and down into valleys. We will be camping at the group campsite in Echo Bluff where you will have access to restrooms and shower facilities.

Since this is an Introductory Backpacking Program, all gear and equipment can be provided for participants. We will conduct a virtual check-in one month prior to the trip in the evening to introduce the group and discuss trip preparation and logistics. A supply list will be emailed to you if you need any backpacking equipment or gear. All family or friend groupings will be responsible for carrying their own gear, including water filter, stove, tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. You are responsible for packing your own food - this will be discussed in our virtual check-in - and you will be shown how to hang a bear-bag. In adhering to COVID guidelines, please do not share any materials between family or friend groupings to limit exposure. We will be outside for the entirety of this program.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the instructor.

Thank you and our hope and goal is for each of you to be more inspired to explore the trails around you - whether that is through practicing your backpacking skills during this trip or taking longer day hikes. We want you to know that you can have access in many ways to our beautiful natural resources!

For details on how to register or to be put on the waiting list, contact Kayla Rosen (

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, October 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Liberty Community Center
Fall is a great time to go camping. Are you a beginner or interested in learning more about camping in general: what do I need, how do I prepare, where do I go... ? Hear from a seasoned Conservation Educator what to keep in mind or learn from her mistakes. This program will cover the equipment and knowledge needed to get you confident and planning either for car camping or backpacking.
Registration period: September 17 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Whether you are backpacking, camping, or at a backyard cookout, food just tastes better when it’s cooked outside! We will learn how to cook outside safely and practice a variety of different techniques before tasting our hard-earned rewards.