MDC offers free canoe and kayak float trip classes July 30-31 in Kansas City

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Kansas City, Mo. – Cool water and scenery make floating Missouri’s Ozark streams a favored late-summer activity. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer both virtual and in-person classes in how to plan and enjoy float trips on July 30 and July 31. Both types of the free sessions will originate at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., in Kansas City.

Virtual river floating sessions will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30. MDC staff will share online their experience regarding good rivers to float, what gear and food to pack, and how to plan an outdoor adventure for you or your family. This class provides an introduction for anyone thinking about trying a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.

The virtual classes are open for participants ages 18 and older. Registration is required. To register for the morning class, visit For the afternoon class, visit

MDC will offer three in-person Float Like A Pro sessions on Saturday, July 31, at the Gorman Discovery Center. The time slots will be from 10 to11:30 a.m., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Covid safety precautions will be observed.

These classes will cover equipment, planning, canoe and kayak tips, safety, and where to go floating. Participants will have the knowledge necessary to plan and go on an Ozark float trip. To register for one of these sessions, visit the MDC events signup page, scroll to July 31, and click on the event. One person can register for a family or friend group. To register, visit

For more information about the Gorman Discovery Center, visit To learn about Ozark float streams, visit