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    St. Louis WOW is Proudly Sponsored by

    Missouri Department of Natural Resources

    Bass Pro Shops

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    U.S. Forest Service

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Missouri Department of Conservation

    Wonders of Wildlife

    National Park Service

    Missouri State University

    Thank you for your support!

    Exploring, Learning, Discovering

    St. Louis WOW June 9, 2012, at Forest Park

    Sept. 29-30, 2012, at Audubon Center at

    Riverlands

    Wake-up to the Outdoor World

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    Wake-up to the Outdoor World…

    Discover WOW!

    WOW is a National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School that introduces families and individuals to a variety of outdoor activities.

    -WOW is a hands-on learning experience in a park setting that attracts a wide range of ages, interests and abilities.

    -WOW is an affordable family outing with an educational component.

    -WOW teaches basic skills necessary for families and individuals to enjoy outdoor activities in a safe and responsible manner.

    -WOW is an affordable leisure time recreation with health benefits that promote the quality of life while enjoying the outdoors.

    -WOW is taught by knowledgeable instructors.

    YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE! For more information, contact Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 314-340-5794 or toll free at 800-334-6946. Forms are also available online at mostateparks.com/wow.htm.

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    Local Partners and Sponsors

    City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry St. Louis County Parks

    The Audubon Center at Riverlands

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    Bring your lawn chairs, tents and sleeping bags. If you don’t have a tent, some are available to borrow. Please indicate on your registration form if you need a tent and for how many people. All participants wishing to camp must register in advance and attend a “Learn to Camp” orientation class that evening. Learn how to set up and break down your campsite. Staff will be available to assist with tent set up. Bring everything you need for an overnight experi- ence. Campers will have access to porta potties; no showers will be available. Overnight parking is permitted for campers only. Snacks and a hot dog cookout on Saturday evening as well as breakfast snacks on Sunday morning will be provided for campers. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at WOW.

    Campfire activities will begin around 5 p.m. with campfires for pre- paring your dinner meal and s’mores. This will be followed by a storyteller/musician offering tales and an opportunity to learn new songs around the campfire. You might have your own song or campfire story to share! You and the family can also engage in games, demonstrations and activities at stations set up around the campground and get an up-close and personal look at the stars with the St. Louis Astronomers’ Club. Details about the evening’s choices will be included in your registration confirmation letter. In it, you can find out what’s available and plan to make the most of your camping experience!

    CAMPFIRE ACTIVITIES WOW Planning Committee Physical Activity. Low to High

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    Program Information

    Mission Statement ...........................................................4 General Information. ........................................................4 Location ...........................................................................4 Special Needs .................................................................4 Transportation .................................................................4 Registration ..................................................................5-6 Confirmation Letter Physical Activity Guide ....................................................6 Age Requirements ............................................... ...........7 WOW Kids Camp ............................................................7 Program Changes………………………………..………….8 Cancellation Policy ………………………………..….…….8 Financial Assistance. ......................................................8

    Course Descriptions Basic Camp Cooking .......................................................9 Basic Fishing ………………………………………...…..….9 Beginning Archery .........................................................10 Beginning Canoeing ......................................................10 Building for the Birds......................................................10 Flag Adventure Game ...................................................11 Geocaching 101 ............................................................11 Kayaking ........................................................................11 Leave No Trace .............................................................12 Pedaling in the Park ..………………………….…….…....12 Rock Climbing 101..........................................................12

    Registrations for the June 9 WOW courses will be accepted April 1 through May 16. Registrations postmarked after May 16 will be accepted only if space is available and is subject to a nonrefund- able $10 late fee.

    Camping

    Overnight Camping Experience …………….……….......13 Learn to Camp …………………………………. …...…..13 Campfire Activities …………………………………...……14

    Registrations for camping Sept. 29-30 will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 7. Registrations postmarked after Sept. 7 for camp- ing will be accepted if space is available and is subject to a nonre- fundable $10 late fee.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

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    Mission Statement

    WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School is designed to teach participants how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility. Each WOW course will include an outdoor skill, conservation, safety and ethics component.

    General Information WOW is designed as an annual event and offers a comprehen- sive educational program through selected courses and workshops. Some courses are designed to provide a complete range of instruction, while others deal with only one topic. Each year, the program will vary depending on requests and previous

    participation. This year’s event is in two parts: The WOW courses on June 9 and the camping experience Sept. 29-30, 2012. Location WOW courses will be held June 9 in Forest Park in St. Louis, Mo. Check-in will be held behind the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center at the Lindell Pavilion, which is located on Grand Drive in the northern area of the park. Overnight camping will be held Sept. 29-30 at The Audubon Cen- ter at Riverlands in West Alton, Mo. in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; see page 13 for more information. Special Needs In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, WOW will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate people with special needs. Please enclose a letter with your registration form stating any special needs you might have.

    Transportation Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Forest Park. Shuttles will be made available to participants for some courses. Shuttles will depart and return from the Twin Lot in front of the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

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    OVERNIGHT CAMPING EXPERIENCE Camping will be available at The Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton on Sept. 29-30. A registration fee of $16 per family of four and $4 for an individual will cover camping registration, instruc- tion and the use of some equipment. Registrations for camping re- ceived after Sept. 7 will be subject to a $10 late fee. Cancellation and refund request for camping fees must be submitted in writing prior to Sept. 7. Camping is a total experience designed to take you away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life, and let you get in touch with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. On camping trips, you can relax, or get busy with boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, hunting, bird spotting, etc. It’s more than sleeping in a tent under the stars. During the evening camping session at WOW, you can make new friends, explore new interests, share time, games and laughter together as you move through a relaxed evening that will offer you an expanded view of camping and allow you to “experience” its variety.

    LEARN TO CAMP Missouri Department of Natural Resources Physical Activity: Low Enrollment Limit: 125 Everyone who camps must attend Learn to Camp before camping.

    Learn how to set up and break down your campsite. If you wish to borrow a tent, please indicate this on the registration form. Tents are pre-assigned. An outline of campground rules will be discussed. Bring everything you need for an overnight camping experience. A dinner cookout and a small campfire snack will be provided.

    CAMPING

    Family Fun for Everyone!

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    LEAVE NO TRACE Missouri Department of Natural Resources Physical Activity: Low Enrollment Limit: 20 This course offers knowledge and concepts that teach participants how to protect and conserve our natural areas. Learn skills and eth