Overnight campout event in Forest Park helps families discover the outdoors

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St. Louis, Mo.—Have you ever wanted to learn to camp or fish? Or maybe go canoeing or create a great meal outdoors? If you answered yes, 2015 Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) St. Louis is for you. This educational family event will be held in Forest Park Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13.

WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School is packed with opportunities to learn skills to enhance your outdoor experience. It is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Bass Pro Shops, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Wonders of Wildlife, National Park Service, St. Louis Department of Parks and Recreation, Great Rivers Greenway, Missouri State University, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The purpose of WOW St. Louis is to empower newcomers to camping and outdoor recreation with the skills, comfort and confidence they need to take the next steps on their own.

WOW is presented in two parts. Saturday is the outdoor skills portion. The program will offer classes in a variety of outdoor activities including archery, canoeing, fishing, geocaching, orienteering, kayaking, outdoor cooking and more. WOW St. Louis is designed to teach participants how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreational activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility. Classes are open to anyone age six and up.

The second portion is the overnight campout. WOW participants will have the opportunity to spend the night in Forest Park Saturday night. The camping experience will include tent set-up, campfire activities, and a nighttime open-air movie screening.

Tents will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who don't have one. Campers should bring their own sleeping and personal gear and dress for the weather.

The cost to attend the outdoors skills classes Saturday is only $10 per person, making it an affordable day of family fun. The Saturday night campout is an additional $5 per person. Registration includes equipment for all activities and lunch on Saturday, and a hotdog cookout for Saturday night campers, along with breakfast snacks on Sunday. Financial assistance to cover the cost of the event is also available.

Registrations will be accepted through Aug. 28. For more information or to request a registration packet, log onto the WOW website at http://www.wondersofwildlife.org/Page/Conservation-Education-Wow-School-stl.aspx. You can also request registration information and forms by calling the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at (314) 340-5794 or toll free at 1-800-334-6946 (voice) or 1-800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).