Discover nature with MDC through women’s outdoor-skills weekend

News from the region
Published Date

JEFFERSON CITY Mo -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to have a weekend of fun while learning various outdoor skills at its annual “Discover Nature--Women Summer Workshop.” The weekend of hands-on learning will be May 30 to June 1 at the Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach along Lake of the Ozarks. Registration deadline is April 25.

The workshop provides a safe and friendly environment where women learn hands-on outdoor-skills at the beginner level by selecting a group of four courses from the following offerings: archery, basic hunting, canoeing, introduction to firearms, plant-animal-tree identification, camping, fishing fundamentals, fly tying, map and compass reading, and shotgun shooting. Women attending for the first time are encouraged to attend the program a second year to complete four additional courses.

The special weekend is targeted to women 18 years and older, along with young women age 14-17 when accompanied by a woman 18 years or older. The workshop is free, but a $20 deposit is required at the time of registration and will be refunded at check in. There is no deposit fee for young women aged 14–17 when registered with an adult.

Participants are responsible for making room and meal reservations directly with Windermere by contacting 573-346-5200 or 800-346-2215, or online at Various lodging options are available at the Windermere Conference Center including lodge, motel, cabin, and camping. Accommodation prices will vary with the number of participants per room.

The weekend will begin with lunch on Friday and will end with lunch on Sunday. MDC will provide dinner on Saturday at no cost to participants. Workshop-weekend meal costs through Windermere are $5.50 for breakfast, $7 for lunch, and $8.25 for dinner.

To register, go online to and download the brochure for full course descriptions and registration form. For more information, call 573-522-4115, ext. 3808.

Use or possession of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs, firearms, and fireworks is forbidden on Windermere property. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, this program will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate people with special needs. Please include a letter with the registration form describing any special needs.