Steph Deidrick is the Division Information Officer for Missouri State Parks. Click the link to hear KMZU’s Sandi Wilson speak with Steph about the upcoming Learn 2 Camp Program.

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Steph talks about the reason for having this event.

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Division Information Officer Steph Deidrick says you do have to apply to participate.

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Camping is a great way for families to spend time together and enjoy nature. Missouri State Parks is teaming up with the North Face Explore Your Parks Program to hold a Learn 2 Camp program in June. The program will take place in four different state parks; however, families will only participate at the park that is the closest to them. You do have to apply in order to be able to take part in the camping program and there is only space for 32 families. The state parks being utilized for this even are Onondaga Cave State Park in Leasburg on June 7-8, St. Francois State Park in Bonne Terre June 14-15, Weston Bend State Park in Weston June 21-22 and Long Branch State Park in Macon. Families do have to apply by 5:00 p.m. on May 11th.

Press Release From Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri State Parks is teaming up with The North Face Explore Your Parks Program this summer to teach families how to have an enjoyable and safe camping experience in its Learn2 Camp program. The application deadline is May 11 at 5 p.m. for the programs, which are held in June.

“Some families may want to try camping but are unfamiliar with what is needed because they don’t have much experience in the outdoors,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. “This is where the Learn2 Camp program comes in. We provide instruction, equipment and everything you need to start a tradition of spending the night under the stars.”

This summer, 32 families will have the opportunity to participate in the program, which will be held at four different Missouri state parks during June. Workshops will be held at the following locations:
June 7-8 Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg (east central Missouri)
June 14-15 St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre (St. Louis area)
June 21-22 Weston Bend State Park, Weston (north Kansas City area)
June 28-29 Long Branch State Park, Macon (north central Missouri)

Families participating in the Learn2 Camp program will have access to camping equipment, instructors to teach basic camping skills and a campsite in a state park campground.

To apply to be a Learn2 Camp program family or for more information on the program, visit To learn more about the parks where the programs will be held or all state park campgrounds, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.