WIN: Women in Nature

7/27/2024 | Mark Twain State Park | Florida, MO

Maximum of 40 participants

Hey, ladies! Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors, but did not know where to begin? Come join us at Mark Twain State Park for Women in Nature’s full-day experience to learn some new skills, taught by all female instructors. This event is intended to be educational and relaxing. Whether you are new to the outdoors or consider yourself an expert, we will help you gain a few new skills and improve your techniques in a relaxed, fun and supportive atmosphere.  

Please wear clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a hat, a water bottle and sunscreen.


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Si Colborn Group Camp at Mark Twain State Park
Address: 36086 Cabin Road, Stoutsville, MO 65283

Age Requirements:

Participants must be at least 10 years old. Any participants under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.


Participants must bring their own lunch.


Archery and Atlatl (Low-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. You will also get an introduction to atlatl throwing. This course will cover archery and atlatl safety, ethics, shooting techniques and equipment selection. You will receive personal instruction and adequate time to practice what you learn.

Dutch Oven Cooking (Low-Moderate*)

Participants will learn the basics of cooking with a Dutch oven. There will be instructions as well as hands-on experience as you prepare and cook samples for everyone to try!

Fishing Basics (Low-Moderate*)

Learn the basics of fishing: casting, bait, reeling and catching the fish. All equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite rod, reel and tackle.

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’ll 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.


Registration is $20, and there is a maximum of 40 participants.

Click on the "REGISTER HERE" link below to register. When you get to the registration website, you will need to select the event date from the calendar in the “Choose Date” box and then click "Search Activities." From there, click on the green “Show 1 session available” button below the WIN listing. Then, click on the green “Sign Up!” button.

All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration close date is listed on the registration website.

Register here
Refunds and Cancellations:

All refunds and cancellations must 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 and 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 to expect, 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 (examples: lecture-based and hands-on activities while standing or taking short walks)
  • High: requires high levels of skill/endurance (examples: 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 Rebecca Young or Amelia Klenke with Missouri State Parks at or

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

Mark Twain State Park is located at:

37352 Shrine Road, Florida, MO | 573-248-9980

Associated activities

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Interpretive Programs