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7th Annual Outdoor Days at Lake Springfield Park, Sept. 5-7

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The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will stage a full weekend of outdoor recreation and adventure at the 7th Annual Outdoor Days this weekend.

Bass Pro camping village

Campers of all ages can get a taste of outdoor living at Bass Pro Shops’ camping village.

For campers, the free weekend will begin as early as tonight setup Friday at Lake Springfield Park, located at 5324 S. Kissick Ave. On Saturday, events will run from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Beginners, seasoned outdoors enthusiasts and scouts are invited to take part in camping, hiking, fishing, boating, archery, bird watching, primitive skills and more outdoor activities as well as interact with demonstrations, crafts and vendors. Admission and most activities are free; canoe and kayak races have a registration fee. Activities presented by the Park Board include:

Although no permit is required to being a camper, trailer or tent for free overnight camping, Friday night through Sunday afternoon, registration is at 417-833-8647. Restrooms and water are available, but there are no showers, RV hook-ups or meals are provide. There will be a bonfire Saturday night, but individual ground fires are not allowed.

Boating and Water Safety Demonstrations

Hands-on demonstrations with boating instructors for ages 7 and up (adult partner required if under 11.) Offered free in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition.

  • Canoeing: Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
  • Kayaking: Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
  • Paddleboarding: Sunday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Canoe Sprint Race

Teams of two race Saturday morning at Lake Springfield. Bring your own canoe or rent one for $10. Register on site at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Prizes of Bass Pro Shops merchandise cards awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Age 16 & up, $20/team.

Kayak Sprint Race

Single-person competition Saturday at Lake Springfield. Bring your own kayak or rent one for $10. Register on site at 9 a.m., race at 11:30 a.m. Prizes of Bass Pro Shops merchandise cards awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Age 16 & up, $15/person.

Bat and Cave Awareness

Learn about endangered Gray Bats, Big Brown Bats, Little Brown Bats and Tri-Colored Bats, with the potential to observe a twilight bat flight from Sequiota Cave. Held at Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine, Sunday, just after sundown. FREE.

Outdoor Days also includes the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Village, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Wonders of Wildlife activities, the Off-Road Camping Club Outdoor Skills Village, the James River Mountain Man Rendezvous Village.

Other groups participating in Outdoor Days include the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, the Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council, University of Missouri Extension 4-H, Master Naturalists- Springfield Plateau Chapter, Springfield Plateau Grotto and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.

For registration or more information, call the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives Office at 417-833-8647. Additional information also available at parkboard.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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