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Canoeing at Discover Nature Girls Camp
Participants take advantage of warm summer days while spending time learning and practicing canoeing skills at the annual MDC Discover Nature Girls Camp.

MDC offers summer Discover Nature Girls Camp in Lincoln County

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St. Louis
Feb 15, 2017

MOSCOW MILLS, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be offering its seventh annual Discover Nature Girls Camp Tuesday through Thursday, July 25- 27 at El Shaddai Ranch in Lincoln County.  This is a free, three-day, two-night camp aimed at introducing girls, ages 11–15, to a range of outdoors skills in a supportive learning environment. 

Campers spend three fun-filled days participating in a “hands on” hunter education class, including shooting firearms and archery equipment, walking through a safety trail and taking the hunter education test.  Each participant has the chance to become Missouri Hunter Education-certified by the end of the camp.

Throughout the camp, the girls will participate in a variety of outdoor skills such as canoeing basic instruction and time on the water.  They’ll also navigate a geocache course challenge.  And campers will learn about all aspects of fishing from fish identification, casting, tying knots, and cleaning fish to finally catching their own fish. 

Participants experience all of this in a group setting of their peers, taught by knowledgeable instructors who make participants comfortable to try new things. Discover Nature Girls Camp is free with equipment and meals provided.  Campers will stay in cabins at El Shaddai Ranch. The camp is limited to 50 girls between the ages of 11 to 15 years old. The first 50 applications received will be selected to attend.  

To apply, contact the MDC St. Louis Regional Office at (636) 441-4554 to request an application form. 

For other MDC outdoor activities happening in the St. Louis Region, go to .

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Discover Nature Girls Camp GPS
Discover Nature Girls Camp GPS
Learning how to use a GPS and navigate a geocache challenge course is one of the many outdoor activities awaiting girls age 11-15 at MDC’s Discover Nature Girls Camp

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Discover Nature Fishing
Discover Nature Fishing
Campers learn the ins and outs of fishing during MDC’s three day Discover Nature Girls Camp.

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