MDC offers unique outdoor survival program — Survival Skills 101: Zombies!

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St. Charles, Mo. — It's been the subject of books, movies, and television. But what if a zombie apocalypse really did occur and the world was taken over by evil creatures bent on destruction? Would you be ready? Do you have the skills to survive?

Or what if you just found yourself having to spend an unplanned night in the outdoors someday?

Either way, the naturalist staff at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can prepare you.

You're invited to get your team together and sign up for Survival Skills 101: Zombies!, being held at MDC's August A. Memorial Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles on Friday, Oct. 24, from  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This evening program is free and open to anyone age 13 and older.

Participants will gather in teams of two or three and traverse the outdoors of the conservation area at night, discovering important survival skills along the way. Learn how to navigate using a compass and map, the techniques of tracking, how to start a fire, and more.

Participants will have the opportunity to put their new skills to the test as they pilot their way through zombie-infested terrain. This unique survival challenge is a chance to discover nature in a whole new way.

Those attending the program should dress for the outdoors and weather, wear good walking shoes and bring a water bottle. The program's activity level is rated at moderate, and will involve walking on uneven ground at night.

Reservations for Survival Skills 101: Zombies! are required and can be made by calling 636-441-4554.

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D, approximately two miles west of Highway 94.

But the zombies could be anywhere . . .