Discover Nature - Women

Learn More, Do More, Enjoy More

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Don't let inexperience keep you from enjoying Missouri's great outdoors. Women 14 years and older can gain the skills and confidence to pursue outdoor activities alone or with friends and family. Regional Discover Nature Women events occur throughout the year, allowing you to participate in a local workshop almost any time. Many of these events are hunts that include in-depth clinics addressing wildlife biology, regulations, firearm training and safety, specific hunting-method training, as well as cleaning and care of the game. Find a Discover Nature Women workshop near you.


Women's Summer Worshop

Three days of outdoor fun

Get hands-on training on many popular activities, such as fishing, canoeing, archery and shooting sports May 29 – 31, 2015.

  • For women 18 years and older.
  • Girls ages 14-17 also are welcome when accompanied by an adult woman.
  • Reservation deadline: April 24, 2015


  • Archery
  • Basic Hunting
  • Canoeing
  • Plant, Animal, and Tree Identification
  • Introduction to Firearms
  • Camping
  • Fishing Fundamentals
  • Fly Tying
  • Map and Compass
  • Shotgun Shooting

Workshop Details


Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, Missouri


MDC workshop deposit fee is $20 per person.

There is no deposit fee for young women aged 14–17 when registered with an adult. However, participants aged 14–17 must comply with the following:

  • Pay Windermere for room and meal costs.
  • Be accompanied at workshops by the adult with whom they are registered.
  • Present a consent form signed by the parent(s) or guardian.

Your deposit fee will be refunded when you check in at the MDC registration table. Deposit fees will be returned only to registered participants in attendance.


Participants are responsible for making room and meal reservations with Windermere at 573-346-5200 or 800-346-2215. Accommodation prices will vary with the number of participants per room.

Use or possession of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs, firearms, and fireworks is forbidden on Windermere property.

Meal costs are listed below. Please work with Windermere to arrange for your meals. We usually begin the weekend with lunch on Friday and end with lunch on Sunday.

MDC will be providing Saturday dinner at no cost to you.

  • Breakfast: $5.50 each
  • Lunch: $7.00 each
  • Dinner: $8.25 each

Special needs

In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, this program will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate people with special needs. Please include a letter with your registration form describing any special needs you have.

Discover Nature - Women Events

Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 30, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 30, 2016 08:30 am

(12 and up)
Escaping to the great outdoors does wonders for your health physically and mentally so switch up your routine and take your cardio outside! Every Tuesday morning for the month of August join us for an easy going run as we explore a different area of Busch each week! Reservations begin July 26, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 29, 2016
Location: Dawn Missouri
Date: Sep 02, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 04, 2016 12:00 pm

New and beginner hunters can experience a Missouri dove hunt as well as a hunter safety discussion. The hunt is free and no equipment is necessary to participate. The safety meeting will be on Friday evening at 5:30. The hunt times will be Saturday morning, or evening, or Sunday morning.

Registration is required.
With questions and to register call Andrew White of Quail Forever at 660-619-1719 or e-mail

Reserve by Sep 02, 2016
Location: Lake City Range
Date: Sep 10, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 04:30 pm

Registration required. (Women 18+) This program is a safe and fun way for like-minded women to enjoy a day of shooting in a friendly, safe environment. This all-day event will cover everything from rifles and pistols to shotguns and archery. It is a great way to introduce you and others to the shooting sports. The one-on-one coaching offered by Lake City staff will give you the support needed to obtain the skills of a basic shooter and give you a better understanding of what the shooting sports can offer. This class fills up quickly, so call as soon as registration opens! To register or for more information, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 03, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 04:00 pm

Women’s Overnight
October 1 • Saturday • NOON – October 2 • Sunday • 4 PM
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Fall is a wonderful time to go camping; the days are warm and clear while the evenings are cool and crisp. We want to share the joys of fall camping with you! We’ll learn how to build a fire, cook outdoors, paddle a canoe, and cast a line. We’ll camp out weather permitting (there is other shelter if necessary). Girls 12-17 welcome with a female adult.

Reserve by Oct 01, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 12:30 pm - Oct 08, 2016 03:30 pm

Required Orientation
October 8 · Saturday · 12:30-3:30 PM
Registration required beginning Sept 1 by calling 816-228-3766(women and girls 14-17 when accompanied by an adult women participant) This orientation is a prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Backpacking Trip on Oct. 15 & 16, 2016. Participants must attend and complete a test hike which includes a one-hour backpack hike up and down small hills on a natural trail. You may check out equipment if needed. First come, first served. Learn what to bring and what to expect.
Intermediate Backpacking Trip
October 15 & 16 · Saturday & Sunday · 7 AM-6 PM
Orientation attendance and completion of test hike required
Embark on an amazing journey to a land of dolomite glades, rock bridges, karst and sinkholes…also known as the Missouri Ozarks. We will hike a seven mile backpack loop that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 lb. backpack up and down hills across rocky terrain.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 25, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 25, 2016 08:00 pm

October 25 & November 1 · Tuesday · 6:30–8 PM (pre-trip training)
November 5–6 · Saturday–Sunday · All Day (backpacking trip)
Registration required by calling 816-759-7300 (adults)Backpacking is an outdoor skill that allows you to experience the beauty and peace of nature. The Discovery Center staff will be offering an introduction to backpacking program that will teach you the skills needed to backpack, what is needed and how to pack. There will be two required pre-trip programs followed by a weekend backpacking trip where you will experience the colors of fall from the trail.

Reserve by Oct 24, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 27, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 27, 2016 08:00 pm

This is for youth ages 11-15 and women ages 11 and up, new to duck hunting, who want to learn how to become successful at this rewarding activity. On October 27th we will meet at the August A. Busch CA classroom for a clinic where we will cover safety, clothing, blind and decoy placement and more. On November 5th for youth and 9th for women, we will head to the wetland area at Busch and do an actual duck hunt. Must attend clinic to participate in the hunt. All participants must be hunter education certified. Youth ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. This is for new hunters who have not participated in this hunt in the past.(Reservations begin September 27 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 25, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 05, 2016 09:00 am - Nov 05, 2016 12:30 pm

Women’s Hike at General Watkins CA
November 5 • Saturday • 9 AM-12:30 PM
Registration begins October 15 (ages 14+)
Enjoy the crisp air on a hike at General Watkins Conservation Area. We’ll see American Beech mixed in among the trees along the ridge, and might even see a few other rare plants. Hike is 3 miles and rated moderate. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.

Reserve by Nov 05, 2016