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

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JEFFERSON CITY Mo -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to get hands-on training in various outdoor skills at its “Discover Nature--Women Summer Workshop” May 31-June 2 at the Windermere Conference Center along Lake of the Ozarks in Roach, Mo.

The workshop provides a safe and friendly environment where women receive hands-on outdoor-skills training at the beginner level by selecting a group of four courses from the following offerings: archery, hunting, canoeing, outdoor cooking, firearms, camping, fishing, 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. Registration deadline is April 26.

Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and meals. MDC will provide dinner on Saturday. Various lodging options are available at the Windermere Conference Center including lodge, motel, cabin, and camping. For more information or to make reservations directly with Windermere, call 800-346-2215, or visit

To register, go online to and download the brochure for full course descriptions and the registration form. You can also see photos from the 2012 event. For more information, call 573-522-4115, ext. 3808.