WIN: Women in Nature

8/20/2022 | Finger Lakes State Park | Columbia, MO

Hey, ladies! Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors but did not know where to begin? Come to Finger Lakes State Park and experience a half day of 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, Aug. 20


8:30 a.m. to noon


WIN will take place at Finger Lakes State Park at the Water Trail trailhead. You can park at the beach parking lot on site.

Age Requirements:

Participants must be 10 years old, and any participants who are under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.


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.


Registration is $5 per person. There is a maximum of 20 participants.

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.

Register Here

All refunds and cancellations will need to be done over the phone or via email. Please contact Taylor Ratcliff at 573-751-1643 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 Taylor Ratcliff with Missouri State Parks at

For more details about upcoming Women in Nature events, click here.

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Finger Lakes State Park is located at:

1505 E. Peabody Road, Columbia, MO | 573-443-5315

Associated activities

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Interpretive Programs