22 Mar 2016


Missouri State Parks Teach Outdoor Skills

Learn2 Camp

Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors but didn’t know where to begin? Does your family want to make s’mores over a campfire and sleep under the stars? You’re in luck!  Missouri State Parks is teaching families to learn to camp.

This May and October, families will have a helping hand as they learn the joys of camping in a Missouri state park. In 500 words or less, tell why your family wants to learn to camp and you could be selected to attend one of three Learn2 Camp programs in state parks around Missouri. Camping equipment and plenty of expertise will be provided to attending families. Accepted families will be provided a list of supplies they will need to bring. One of the goals is to help families enjoy the outdoors in any kind of weather. Therefore, camping will take place rain or shine. Electronic devices are encouraged to be left behind, so all family members not only connect with each other, but with the beauty of nature surrounding them. This is a family oriented event, so alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed. A family group is considered up to six people, with at least one person 18 years of age or older. Please include adequate adult supervision for children.

A free one-night stay camping coupon, good at any Missouri state park, will be given upon completion of the program.


Date Location Application Deadline
May 21-22 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster April 20
Oct. 8-9 Cuivre River State Park, Troy Sept. 7
Oct. 22-23 Wallace State Park, Cameron Sept. 7

Learn2 Camp application


Learn2 Paddle

Have you ever wanted to try kayaking but didn’t know where to begin? Do you want to get out on the water but don’t have your own kayak? You’re in luck! Missouri State Parks is offering to teach you how to paddle and have a safe enjoyable time on the water.

For seven Saturdays this summer, staff will be offering free kayaking instruction at select Missouri state parks. This will be a great opportunity to try something new and experience some of Missouri’s lakes. Equipment and the expertise will be provided. You supply the enthusiasm and an eagerness to discover nature and a new skill.

Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Parent/guardian does not have to participate but must be there to provide adult supervision.)

The classes are free but registration is required.  All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Date Location Session Times
June 4 Crowder State Park, Trenton 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Noon – 2 p.m.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
June 11 Wakonda State Park, La Grange 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
June 18 Cuivre River State Park, Troy 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
July 16 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Noon – 2 p.m.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
July 30 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Noon – 2 p.m.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Aug. 13 Stockton State Park, Dadeville 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Noon – 2 p.m.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Aug. 27 Mark Twain State Park, Florida 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Noon – 2 p.m.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


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