WIN: Women in Nature

9/17/2022 | Sam A. Baker State Park | Patterson, MO

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

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17


9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Shelter 3 at Sam A. Baker State Park

Age Requirements:

Participants must be at least 10 years of age and must provide their own lunch for this program


Archery/Atlatl (Low/Moderate*)

Archery is a time-honored sport that is growing in popularity. In this course that combines archery with an introduction to atlatl throwing, you are bound to learn something new. These activities are not only good fun but good exercise – and now you can learn how they're done. 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. Food will be provided for participants to prepare, and samples will be available.

Nature Journaling (Low*)

Documenting what you come across out in nature using lists, drawings and photos is a great way to help make your time in nature more memorable. The focus of this activity will be on learning how to document and photograph the cool things you can find out in nature! Journals, pencils, colored pencils and instant-print cameras will be provided for this session.

Chain Making: (Low*)

Join us as we learn loop-in-loop chain making, a jewelry-making technique that has been employed for over 5,000 years. Learn the history of different styles of chain, then try your hand at making them yourself! Participants will be provided with materials and instruction and will be able to take their chains home with them at the end of the session.


Registration is $10. There is a maximum of 40 participants.

The classes are $10, 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.

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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 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 reserved 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 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)
  • 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 or Michelle Soenksen with Missouri State Parks at or

Sam A. Baker State Park is located at:

5580 State Highway 143, Patterson, MO | 573-856-4411

Associated activities

  • Camping
  • Interpretive Programs