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WIN: Women in Nature

7/23/2023 | Cuivre River State Park | Troy, MO

Maximum of 20 participants

Hey, ladies! Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors, but did not know where to begin? Come join us at Cuivre River State Park for Women in Nature’s full-day experience to learn some new skills in classes taught by all female instructors.


Sunday, July 23


8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lunches will come from the campfire cooking session, so there's no need to bring one.


Camp Derricotte at Cuivre River State Park

Age Requirements:

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. 


Kayaking (Moderate/High*)

Learn the basics of flatwater kayaking, including equipment, entry and exit, strokes, safety, water, and wind. By the end of the class, you will feel more comfortable on the water, better understand the safety risks around you, and will have had fun. Participants will have time to practice and explore.

Archery/Atlatl (Moderate*)

Archery is a time-honored sport that is growing in popularity. It is not only good fun but good exercise – and now you can learn how it’s done. Have you ever heard of throwing with an atlatl? Well, participants are going to get the opportunity to learn and explore the technique behind this historic hunting weapon. This course will cover archery and atlatl safety, ethics, shooting techniques, and equipment selection. Participants will receive personal instruction and adequate time to practice what they learn. 

Campfire Cooking (Low*)

Learn campfire cooking techniques for your next outdoor adventure! Participants will learn how to cook over a campfire and all about Dutch oven cooking and foil-packet meals. Food will be provided for participants to prepare, and samples will be available.

Nature Photography (Low*)

Do you love nature? Have you ever wanted to capture photographs of that perfect sunrise or beautiful flower, but you’re unsure how to line up a shot or are confounded by the buttons and knobs on your camera? Beginner and amateur photographers, please bring your camera – yes, even a camera phone – along with its manual, to learn how to turn a snapshot into a masterpiece. Once you've learned a few tips and tricks, the course will move outside so you can put your newly gained knowledge to the test. Cameras will be available for those who need one.


There will be two activity track options when you register. Pease be sure to select the option you prefer.

Track 1 will consist of Nature Photography, Campfire Cooking and Kayaking.

Track 2 will consist of Kayaking, Archery/Atlatl and Campfire Cooking.


Registration is $20, and there is a maximum of 20 participants. There will be 10 slots per track.

Click on the “REGISTER HERE” link below to register. When you get to the registration website, you will need to enter the date in the “Choose Date” box. The classes that are currently open for registration will pop up. Registration closes five weeks after the registration open date. All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register here

If a class is full, you will have the option to register for the waitlist. If you register for the waitlist and a spot becomes available, you will be contacted to get registered if you are still interested.


All refunds and cancellations will need to be done over the phone or via email. 

Program Change Policy:

Organizers reserve the right to cancel, reschedule or relocate any proposed offering without prior notice. Insufficient enrollment or emergency cancellations by the instructor are examples of why a program offering could be canceled. Organizers also reserve the right to substitute instructors if necessary.

*Physical Activity Guide:

Please be advised that WIN: Women in Nature programs are outdoor activities. Participants will be walking on tread surfaces at times that contain roots or embedded rocks and may have elevation changes.

To help participants anticipate each course and know what physical levels are expected in each class, a physical activity rating system has been created. You will find a physical level rating for each course next to the course name in the Activities section of this page.

  • Low: requires minimal physical skill/endurance (example: lecture-based and hands-on activities in a classroom)
  • Moderate: requires moderate physical skill/endurance (example: lecture-based and hands-on activities while standing or taking short walks)
  • High: requires high levels of skill/endurance (example: lecture-based and hands-on activities while standing, hiking, lifting or engaging in full-body movement)

For more information:

If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Ratcliff or Jamie Hubert with Missouri State Parks at or

To see additional Women in Nature programs at Missouri State Parks, click here.

Click here to read the news release.

Cuivre River State Park is located at:

678 State Route 147, Troy, MO | 636-528-7247

Associated activities

  • Camping
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Interpretive Programs