WIN: Women in Nature

7/16/2022 | Knob Noster State Park | Knob Noster, MO

Hey, ladies! Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors but did not know where to begin? Come to Knob Noster State Park and experience a day of cooking and outdoor adventure 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.

Date: Saturday, July 16


8:30 a.m. to noon


WPA Picnic Shelter at Knob Noster State Park

  • The shelter is on Southeast 10 Road, down the street from the visitor center and the campground. A large parking area is located next to the shelter. 

Maximum of 30 participants


Kayaking (Moderate/High*)

Learn the basics of flatwater kayaking (i.e., 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.

Pie Iron Cooking (Low*)

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


Registration ………………………………… $5 per person

The classes are $5 per person, and registration is required. Click on the “REGISTER HERE” link below to register. When you get to the registration website, you will need to enter “WIN” in the “Search Text” box. The classes that are currently open for registration will pop up. All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If a cancellation is necessary, please follow the refund procedures outlined below.

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.

Age Requirements:

Participants must be at least 14 years old, and any participants who are under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.


All refunds and cancelations will need to be done over the phone or via email. Please contact Rebecca Young 573-751-9264 or

Program Changes:

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 is an outdoor and active weekend. Participants will be walking on tread surfaces at times that contain roots, embedded rocks and have minimal elevation change. Additionally, you will park your car away from camp activities, and it will remain parked for the event.

To help participants anticipate each course and know what physical levels to expect of each class, a physical activity rating system has been created. Listed in the class description you will find a physical level rating for each course.

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

For More Information:

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Young or Chris Edmondson with Missouri State Parks at or For more details about upcoming Women in Nature events, click here.

Knob Noster State Park is located at:

873 SE 10 Road, Knob Noster, MO | 660-563-2463

Associated activities

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Interpretive Programs