Conservation Connection: WOW St. Louis Campout

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(KPLR) – Dan Zarlenga, with the Missouri Department Of Conservation, stopped by to discuss a great opportunity for families just starting out with outdoor adventures.

The WOW St. Louis Campout is a weekend overnight adventure where the whole family can explore fun and exciting outdoor activities, right here in the St. Louis area. It’s only $25.  If that makes you say WOW, you’d be right. The event encourages families to Wake up to the Outdoor World (WOW).

What is WOW?

  • Annual Outdoor Skills and Conservation School
  • Overnight camping experience designed to connect people to the outdoors
  • Teaches beginning and intermediate skills in outdoor recreation and safety
  • Give beginners a chance to learn about camping by actually doing it
  • Goal is for families to take away outdoor and camping skills they can use and expand on later

How does it work?

  • Families camp out Saturday night
  • Can take classes in different skills, such as rock climbing, outdoor cooking, fishing, archery, canoeing, bicycling and kayaking
  • Learn the basics of 'leave no trace' camping
  • Also includes evening campfire activities campfire story program, S` more making, hot dog cookout and star gazing through telescopes courtesy of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. 
  • Breakdown and depart Sunday

Who`s all involved in the program?
Multiple agencies including:

  • Missouri State Parks
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • National Park Service
  • St. Louis County Parks
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bass Pro Shop
  • And others

When and where is WOW?

  • New Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton
  • Campout runs from Saturday, Sept. 29 and will end by noon on Sunday, Sept. 30
  • Advanced registration required
  • $25 for family of 4 or $10 per individual—
  • includes hotdog cookout and s` mores, and light breakfast
  • tents available on request
  • Participants bring all personal gear (sleeping bags, pillows, flashlights, proper clothing, etc.)
  • Registration due by September 24th
  • Free shuttle bus available from Forest Park to Riverlands
  • Call 314-340-5794 for more information and registration packet

WOW St. Louis Campout
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
September 29-30
Register by September 24
(314) 340-5794

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