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MDC offers free camping workshop June 16 near Parkville

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Kansas City, Mo. – If you’ve never been camping, what gear to load in the car and where to camp can seem daunting, especially for families. But the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can help anyone learn the basic gear and tips that can make camping successful and fun for all ages. MDC’s Parma Woods Shooting Range near Parkville will host a free Camping 101 workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

Load a vehicle with gear and food, head to a campground, and you’ll find yourself outdoors in nature _  but in a managed way. Campgrounds are usually mowed with level sites for tents or recreational vehicles. Many offer restrooms and showers. Some offer electricity and fresh water at campsites. Others simply provide a shady place away from hubbub to set up a tent. Either way, it’s usually a short walk from the vehicle to the campsite, which makes carrying gear and setup easier. MDC staff will discuss what gear is needed and tips for activities and staying comfortable while camping.

Backpacking is a challenging but doable type of camping in the wilds and off the beaten path. MDC staff will cover this outdoor adventure, too. If you can carry a lightweight tent, sleeping bag, food, water, and a few other necessities on your back you can backpack camp. MDC staff will provide information on how individuals and families can enjoy a hike topped by a sleepover in the woods.

The Camping 101 workshop is open to all ages. Children should be accompanied by adults. Registration is required. To register, visit MDC’s Parma Woods Shooting Range offers outdoor skills classes. For more information about the range, visit


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