Bass Pro Shops'

Outdoor Fitness Festival's




For a review of 2013 Outdoor Days, see this article by the Springfield News-Leader.

2014 Outdoor Days

Date: September 5-7, 2014

Location:  Lake Springfield, 5324 South Kissick Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65804

Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Wonders fo Wildlife and the Springfield-Green County Park Board. 

In celebration of health, wellness, and outdoor adventure, we invite you to join us for a weekend dedicated to the exhilarating world of outdoor recreation at Lake Springfield. This weekend event is filled with outdoor exploration and fun activites for the whole family to enjoy.  Whether you are a seasoned weekend warrior or looking to try something new, we will have a wide variety of recreational options including programs and activities for all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and areas of interest.

Most of our activities are FREE and open to the public.                                                            

Come out for the day and participate in a variety of outdoor recreational activities including: Pontoon and Boat Rides, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Fishing, Hiking, Archery, Soft Air Rifle and Sling Shot Ranges, Bat and Cave Ecology, Retriever Dog Demos, WOW Live Animal Showings, Bounce Houses and Bungee Runs, Bonfires, Music and Dancing, Singing and Storytelling, Teepee Fun and much more!

Our Pre-1840's Mountain Man Rendezvous Skills Village will feature displays and demonstrations which will involve: Blacksmithing, Bow Making, Flint Knapping, Cordage, Rug Making, Weaving, Soap Making, Beading, Corn Grinding, Hatchet Throwing, Dutch Oven Cooking and Baking, and even more!

FREE Camping will be available on Friday and Saturday nights to all individuals, families, and groups who have the desire to campout at Lake Springfield. 

Concessions, available for purchase from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, will include hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, funnel cakes, frozen lemonade, other snacks, and beverages.

Free Camping

Begin the weekend with the ultimate outdoor activity – overnight camping at Lake Springfield. Bring all your own camping gear, supplies and food to camp out in your own tent, camper or trailer (sorry, no hookups). Restrooms and water are available. Individual, family and group campers are all welcome. Lots of activities and demonstrations will be available specifically for campers staying overnight, including a Saturday night campfire with music and dancing, singing and storytelling.



Friday and/or Saturday night camping is available starting at 4:30 pm on Friday through 3 pm on Sunday.

Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, September 2

Contact: Springfield-Greene County Park Board Outdoor Initiatives at 417-833-8647 or 417-833-8923.

If you are not camping, come out for the day (Saturday and/or Sunday) and participate in a variety of outdoor recreational activities, displays and demonstrations.

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Outdoor Initiatives

Your Springfield-Greene County Park Board has an entire division dedicated to the fun and exciting world of outdoor adventure. Join staff for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and water safety demonstrations.

Canoe: Saturday, September 6 only, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Kayak: Sunday, September 7 only, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
SUP/Paddle Boarding: Sunday, Septmeber 7 only, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Canoe Sprint Races
Date: Saturday, September 6
Fee: $20 per team of 2, ages 16-adult

Registration starts at 9:00 am; race time 10:00 am.                                

Limited canoe rental is available for $10.

Kayak Races
Date: Saturday, September 6 
Fee: $15 per person

Registration for the kayak races begins at 9 am; race time 11:30 am.                                

Limited kayak rental available for $10.

Prizes: Given to the top three finishers in both the canoe and kayak races

  • First Place: $100 BPS Gift Card
  • Second Place: $50 BPS Gift Card
  • Third Place:  $25 BPS Gift Card

Free Demonstrations

As part of this great weekend of events and in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition and the Greene-County Parkboard, the following free demonstrations will be available for people ages 7 to adult:

  • Canoeing, Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Kayaking, Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • SUP/Paddle Boarding, Sunday from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

An adult must be present for kids under the age of 18.  Instructors and water safety staff will be on site to assist all participants.

Bat and Cave Ecology
Date: September 7
Flight Observation: Twilight
Location: Sequiota Park, 3500 Lone Pine, Springfield, Missouri

Come learn basic information about types of bats, including federal endangered Gray Bats, Big Brown Bats, Little Brown Bats and Tri-Colored Bats will be presented. We will also talk about why caves need to be closed and issues pertinent to bat and cave ecology.

Contact Outdoor Initiatives & Melvin Johnson at (417) 833-8647 or 417-833-8923 for event and program information, registration, and scholarships.

email: or; check out the park board website for more information

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Venturing Crew

Venturing Crew 1971 Village:

Meet the BSA Venturing Crew 1971 sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. This high adventure group welcomes both boys and girls over 13 to participate in backpacking, hiking, biking, canoeing, outdoor photography, and more. We will be camping, demonstrating outdoor cooking, and sharing our gear and adventures. Find out how you could be a part of our next adventure!










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Bass Pro Shops' Outdoor Village

Come to the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Village to learn about new outdoor products and skills to help you have fun in the outdoors. Talk to Bass Pro Shops experts and representatives from America’s top outdoor manufacturers like Coleman, North Face, and Lodge to give you tips on making your camping experience one to remember.  Your adventure starts here!
Bass Pro Shops epitomizes everything in outdoor adventure. Tour the latest in camping gear at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Village. Whether you’re a first-time camper or a veteran; like to camp with 1 or 2 people or with the entire clan, you’ll see a complete line of camping equipment from single-person tents to tent ‘condos’ and all the gear that goes with it.

Vendors participating include:

  • Lodge Cast Iron Cookware - Cookware and cooking demos
  • Sawyer Products - First Aid, Insect Repellent, and Water Purification
  • The North Face - tents, sleeping bags, and apparel
  • Bounty Hunter - will show and demo Metal Detectors
  • McNett/Gear Aid - Water Filters, and Camping Gear Aid products
  • Stansport - Gold Panning and BPS Stoves and Lanterns
  • Camp Chef - Camp Stoves, Ovens and Accessories
  • Cascade Designs - Backpack Stoves, Air Mats, Cots, Water Filters
  • Adventure Medical - 1st Aid Kits
  • LED Lenser - Flashlights and Headlamps
  • Jetboil - Backpack Stoves
  • Princeton Tec - Headlamps
  • Eagles Nest Outfitters - Hammocks
  • Bass Pro Shops - BPS Tents, Ascend Tents, Cots, Chairs, Camp Kitchens, and Ascend Kayaks
  • Steri-Pen - UV Water Purifier

                                                                    No outdoor camping experience would be complete without food. Imagine scrambled eggs, biscuits, chili, even pineapple-upside down cake all cooked over an open flame!! Lodge Cast Iron cookware is the leader in outdoor cooking for over 100 years and folks from the Lodge Corporation will be on-site all weekend with cooking demonstrations, sampling and recipes for everyone.

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Missouri Department of Conservation

Enjoy the great outdoors with archery shooting at 3D targets, Air Rifle shooting and fishing along the shore of Lake Springfield. Retriever Dog demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

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Boy Scouts of America Village

Come join members of the Ozark Trails Council to learn about Patrol Camping and race Pinewood Derby cars.




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Wonders of Wildlife

Enjoy FREE rock wall, bounce houses, bungee runs, slide bounces, archery, air soft gun shooting range, and Mining for Wonders Events hosted by Wonders of Wildlife in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, James River Basin Partnership, City of Springfield Recycling, Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Missouri State Parks, and Cross Trail Outfitters.  Learn while enjoying the great outdoors. Observe and identify animal tracks; see and touch cool and exciting artifacts; see a variety of live animals including fish, reptiles, and mammals.

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day! Today there are 34 million hunters and anglers in the United States purchasing hunting and fishing licenses. They pay a special excise tax on firearm ammunition, bows and arrows, and rods and reels, generating $100,000 every 30 minutes for conservation.












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Off-Road Camping Club Outdoor Skills Village

The Off-Road Camping Club is dedicated to the pursuit of amateur outdoor activities of all types and skill levels. Visit the ORCC Village where over 35 Plus manufactures’ products  will be on display offering everything you would need to be self-sufficient, comfortable and connected in the wilderness.

Southwest Missouri amateur Radio Club will be setting up a base station on-site and broadcasting throughout the weekend.




 Vendors participating include:
ORCC GEAR includes Bol/Backside, Eezi-Awn, Garvin Wilderness G2 Rack Systems,  Kamp-Rite, Kodiak Canvas, OZ Tent, Kind Canopy, Colemean, Grub Hub, OFF Road Tentrax Trailer, Lock N' Roll, Engel 12 Volt Frig/Freezer units, Katadyn Water Filters, Optimum Back Packing Stoves, Campfire in a Can, Hi-Lift, Adventure Medical Kits, Clean Waste, PowerFilm Portable Solar Panels, Hardened Power Systems, Partner Steel, Al Rack Boxes, Optima Batteries, Amana Wool Camp Blankets, Blue Sea Systems, Superwinch, Viair 12V Air Compressors, Raingler, Trasharoo, Superlife, Zodi, Fisher Barton Torches, Wavian Fuel & Water Cans, RotoPax Fuel & Road Safety Kits, Wearwell Shower Floor Systems, Ladder Guy, PolyTuf Tarps, Wilson Electronics, Toshiba, RAM, Pocket-CO 300, Travel Chair, Electro Warmth 12 V Bunk Warmers, AlpineAire Freeze Dry Foods, Manchester Aluminum Propane Tanks, SafeGloWhips, Popup Gizmo's, Super Jiggler, Cherne, National Luna Lighting, CamoSystems, Life Support Survival Gear, VOLT, DRI-Duck Outdoor

Register for a Free ORCC Tent-N-Gear GiveAway!

Make sure to stop by our display and Register for the "FREE" GEAR N' TENT GiveAway!  This year we will have two drawings, one at 3:00 PM Saturday and another drawing at 1:00 PM Sunday.

You don't have to buy anything, just come on by and check out the New Camping Gear and Register for the "FREE" Gear N' Tent GiveAway drawing.

Note: You will need to be at the display when the winners are announced, to receive your "FREE" gear. If you are not present at time of drawing, we will pull another ticket and give someone else the chance to be a winner!


  • Alpine Aire Dehydrated Foods & Thermos Coffee Press/Ronnoco Coffee Demo
  • Oz Tent Camp Set Up Demo
  • Camp Power - Solar Panel/Battery Pack Demo


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James River Mountain Man Rendezvous Skills Village

Stroll through an authentic 1840’s Mountain Man village featuring over 40 authentic campsites. See how they lived, ate and worked during that era. Throughout both days watch 30 different Mountain Man demonstrations of beading, blacksmithing, bow making, cordage, corn grinding, flint knapping, flute playing, pipe making, primitive fire starting, rug making, soap making, spoon making, spinning, weaving & quill work and Dutch Oven cooking and baking. Era-clothing, toys, beads, leather crafts, hides, tools, lanterns and furniture will be available for purchase.

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University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Join the girls from the local 4-H chapter to learn about Hunting and Outdoor Skills or take a hike on the ¼ mile trail thru picturesque Lake Springfield Park.


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Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Members of the area Girl Scout troops will be on-site hosting and participating in a number of activities including outdoor skills training and making sit-up-ons.


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Retriever Demonstration

We own and operate the kennels at Simpson Creek Farms which specializes in training retrievers for use as gun dogs and pets. On Saturday, Septembe 6, we will be conducting retriever demonstrations at the Bass Pro Outdoor Days at Springfield Lake. There will be an actual duck blind with decoys set up like a real duck hunt. Kids will have the opportunity to climb in the blind, blow a duck call and point a wooden silhouette of a gun as a fake duck is launched out in front of the blind with a report. Then they can send a real retriever into the water after their duck. Our retrievers are trained to make a big water entry, grab the duck and retrieve back to the handler so it should be a neat and realistic experience for someone who has never duck hunted.



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Additional Activities

Other activities and features include: Pontoon Boat Rides on Lake Springfield, fishing and hiking. 

Concessions will be available including hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, funnel cakes, frozen lemonade, other snacks, and beverages.


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Official Sponsors

The North Face
Missouri Beef Industry Council
SW Audio Visual
Einstein Bros Bagels
Professional Massage Training Center
Coca Cola, Ozarks Bottling Company
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic

Community Sponsors

Ollis and Company
Big Fish
First Impressions Printing
Hiland Dairy
Buzbee Dental

Media Sponsors

Springfield News-Leader
100.5 The Wolf
Springfield Business Journal