MDC teaches outdoor skills at Women's Spring Fling

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Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will teach outdoor skills at the annual Women's Spring Fling April 29 to May 1 at Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center near Excelsior Springs. This weekend retreat provides a safe and friendly environment where women can learn about outdoor recreation.

Participants will receive hands-on training for activities of their choice such as archery, atlatl, backpacking and camping, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, orienteering and geocaching, outdoor cooking, champion trees and leaf prints, and wild edibles. The Spring Fling is offered to women 18 and older. Young ladies ages 14 to 17 may also participate when accompanied by an adult woman.

All training provided by MDC staff and volunteers is free. However, there is a $20 registration that is refundable at check in. The registration deadline is April 8.

Lake Doniphan is a private retreat center, and fees are charged for lodging and meals. The cost depends on accommodations. The center offers hotel-style rooms, dormitory style, rustic cabins with electricity, and camping with electricity.

MDC connects people with nature. Women's Spring Fling offers a variety of outdoor activities during the heart of the spring season, a beautiful time to be outdoors.

For information or to register, contact Lisa LaCombe at 816-655-6263, ext. 1332, or

For information about Lake Doniphan, visit