MDC offers Discover Nature Girls Camp in Wappapello June 21-23

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a Discover Nature Girls Camp in southeast Missouri June 21-23 at Camp SEMO in Wappapello. This free, three-day-two-night camp will introduce girls ages 11 to 15 to outdoor skills in a supportive learning environment.

"Our goal is to lead the girls in outdoor activities so when they leave they'll have the skills and confidence to explore our diverse landscape on their own and with their families," said Conservation Agent Christa Cox, who is organizing the camp.

Campers will spend three fun-filled days learning by participating in hands-on outdoor skills led by conservation professionals. Activities will include hunter education, firearms safety and target shooting, archery equipment safety, walking through a safety trail, canoeing, orienteering, and fishing.

"We will go fishing and also teach the girls how to identify the fish they catch, how to cast, tie knots, and how to clean the fish," Cox said. "This camp will equip the girls to discover nature on their own for years to come."

To apply for the Discover Nature Girls Camp, contact a local Conservation Agent or the MDC Southeast Regional office in Cape Girardeau at (573) 290-5730 for an application. The camp is limited to 40 girls between the ages of 11 to 15 years of age. Applications must be received by April 22. The first 40 applications will be selected with all remaining applications placed on a waiting list.

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