WIN: Women in Nature – Backpacking

4/27/2024 to 4/28/2024 | Weston Bend State Park | Weston, MO

Maximum of eight participants

Ladies, do you love to hike? Do you want to try camping or backpacking, but just don't know where to start? This is the perfect event for you! In this introductory overnight event, you will learn all the basics of backpacking, use flint and steel to start a fire, get an overview of bear bagging, and so much more! This event gives women the chance to learn about camping and backpacking in a safe, comfortable and judgment-free environment. Missouri State Parks will provide basic gear! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s hit the trail together. Women of all experience levels are welcome!


Overnight experience from Saturday, April 27, to Sunday, April 28


April 27: 1-8 p.m. (check-in starts at 12:45 p.m.)

April 28: 7 a.m. to noon


Weston Bend State Park

Age Requirements:

Participants must be 10 years old, and any participants who are under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

No Equipment? No Experience? No problem!

We understand you might have an interest in backpacking and that’s as far as it goes. We are here to provide a safe, guided experience. Best of all, this includes the basic essential equipment! You will still need to acquire some personal equipment if you do not already have it. Please look over the following checklist to see what you may need to purchase.

Missouri State Parks Provides:

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag, liner and pad
  • First-aid kit
  • Bug spray
  • Water filter
  • Camp stove and fuel
  • Camp cooking set and utensils
  • Bear vault
You Provide (Required): You Provide (Suggested):
  • Appropriate clothing and hiking footwear
  • Bag(s) for trash
  • Moist naps and/or hand sanitizer
  • Water bottles
  • Food/snacks
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Compressible pillow
  • Sunblock, hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Journal and pencil
  • Comfy camp clothes
  • Whistle

This list is not necessarily comprehensive. More information will be provided in the welcome packet you receive before the event.


Registration is $25, and there is a maximum of eight participants.

Click on the "REGISTER HERE" link below to register. When you get to the registration website, click on the green “Show sessions available” box. A list of upcoming classes will pop up. Click on the green “Sign Up!” button to register for an event.

All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration close dates will be listed on the registration website.

Register Here

If a class is full, please enroll using the waitlist function. If an opening in the class becomes available, you will be notified by the WIN staff via email or phone call.

Confirmation Packet

Participants will receive a confirmation email after registration has been completed (please allow five days for processing). The confirmation email will include a detailed agenda, special instructions for the class day, and a map with directions to the park.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Annie Hartley or Rebecca Young with Missouri State Parks at or 816-640-5443, or

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16600 Highway 45 N., Weston, MO | 816-640-5443

Associated activities

  • Backpacking
  • Camping