MDC offers Discover Nature Women's Spring Fling

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Kansas City, Mo.  ̶  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a Discover Nature Women's Spring Fling May 1-3 at the Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center at Excelsior Springs, Mo. The Spring Fling offers women training in outdoor skills such as archery, canoeing, using GPS gear, map and compass reading and other activities. MDC will provide gear and hands-on training for beginners. The camp setting offers women an opportunity to sharpen outdoor skills, add new ones or simply enjoy an outdoor retreat.

Workshop participants can tailor activities to their interests and skills levels. For example, target archery shooting with bow and arrows will be taught. Instructors will also teach how to properly match gear with the archer, practice tips and how to get started in the sport of bow hunting.

Basic fishing skills will be taught from catching fish to how to prepare them for the table. In the canoeing segment, participants will be taught various paddle strokes, safety, water rescue and how to plan a canoe trip on a river. A wild edibles session will be offered to teach about identifying, preparing and serving foods found in nature. A backpacking session will include a short hike and overnight campout.

Workshop instruction is free. However, Lake Doniphan does charge for lodging arrangements and meals. Lodging fees will cover all meal costs during the workshop. Lake Doniphan offers campsites, cabins and motel-style rooms.

To register or for more information about the Women's Spring Fling activities or lodging, contact Lisa LaCombe at 816-228-3766, or send an e-mail to