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

2014 Outdoor Days

Dates: September 5-7, 2014

General Times for Camper and Non-Camper FREE Activities, Classes, Programs, Displays and Demos:
Saturday, Sept. 6; 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM / Sunday, Sept. 7; 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Wonders of Wildlife and the Springfield-Greene 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 all of our activities are FREE and open to the public.                                                            

Come camp with us or come out for a day, either way we will have a variety of outdoor recreational activities for you to participate in and enjoy, including: pontoon and boat rides, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, archery, air soft rifle and sling shot ranges, bat and cave ecology, retriever dog demos, WOW live animal showings, rock climbing, bounce houses and bungee runs, petting zoo and pony rides, bonfires, music and dancing, singing and storytelling, teepee fun and much, much more!

Our Pre-1840's Mountain Man Rendezvous Skills Village will feature approximately 30 displays and demonstrations which will involve: blacksmithing, bow-making, flint knapping, cordage, rug making, weaving, soap making, beading, quilt working, Atlatl throwing, corn grinding, hatchet throwing, dutch oven cooking and baking, and 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 with us. 

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

FREE Camping

Begin the weekend with the ultimate outdoor activity – overnight camping at Lake Springfield.  Bring your own camping gear, supplies and food to camp out in either your 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 campfires with music and dancing, singing and storytelling, and maybe even some S'mores.

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 FREE outdoor recreational activities, classes, programs, displays and demonstrations.

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Outdoor Initiatives Village

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, water safety demonstrations, and bat and cave ecology this year at Outdoor Days.

Demonstrations
Canoe: Saturday, September 6 only, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Kayak: Sunday, September 7 only, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
SUP/Paddle Boarding: Sunday, Septmeber 7 only, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Fee: FREE

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

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.

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

Registration: 9:00 AM 

Race Starts: 10:00 AM                               

Limited canoe rental is available for $10.

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

Registration: 9:00 AM 

Race Starts: 10:30 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

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 & Kara Warren at (417) 833-8647 or 417-833-8923 for event and program information, registration, and scholarships.

email: kwarren@springfieldmo.gov; check out the Springfield-Greene County Park Board website for more information

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Venturing Crew Village

Venturing Crew 1971 Village:

Meet the Ozark Trails Council's Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew 1971 sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.

This high adventure group welcomes both boys and girls over the age of 13 to participate with them in backpacking, hiking, biking, canoeing, outdoor photography, and more.

They will be camping, demonstrating outdoor cooking, and sharing their gear and adventure stories over the weekend at Outdoor Days.

Come join us at the 2014 Outdoor Days and find out how you could be a part of the Venturing Crew's next adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bass Pro Shops Camping Village

Come to the Bass Pro Shops Camping Village where we epitomize everything in outdoor adventure; tour the latest in camping gear and learn about new outdoor products and skills to help you in your own personal outdoor adventures.  We will have approximately 24 vendor villages within our Bass Pro Shops Camping Village, so that means you will not only be able to speak to our  Bass Pro Shops' experts, but also a multitude of representatives from top outdoor camping manufacturers such as Coleman, North Face, GoPro, and Lodge to give you tips on making your camping experience the best it can be.  Whether you’re a first time camper or a veteran, like to camp alone, with 1 or 2 people or with an entire clan, you’ll see a complete line of camping equipment from single person tents to tent ‘condos’ and all the gear in-between that you would need for your outdoor adventures.  Start your adventures here by registering for a free Bass Pro Shops' camping gear package!

Bass Pro Shops Camping  Vendor Villages:

  • *Bass Pro Shops - Ascend tents and kayaks along with Bass Pro Brand cots, camp kitchens,and lanterns. 
  • *Lodge Cast Iron Cookware - Cast iron cookware and cooking demos with free samples! 
  • Sawyer Products - First aid gear including insect repellent and personal water filtration systems.
  • The North Face - Tents, sleeping bags, and apparel.
  • *Bounty Hunter - Metal detectors demos and activity; meet some of the stars of Dig Wars!
  • McNett/Gear Aid - Water filters, and many more camping products.
  • *Stansport - Stoves and lanterns; gold panning demos and activity!
  • Camp Chef - Camp stoves, ovens and their accessories. 
  • Cascade Designs - Backpack stoves, air mats, cots, and water filters.
  • Adventure Medical - First aid kits.
  • LED Lenser -Flashlights and headlamps. 
  • Jetboil - Backpack stoves.
  • Eagles Nest Outfitters - Camping hammocks. 
  • O2 Cool - Fans and misters.
  • Kodiak Canvas - Tents.
  • Nature's Kettle - Coffee Kettles
  • Kelty - Tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags.
  • Emberlite - Cook stoves and kits.
  • *BioLite - Thermal Electric Stoves; Toyota Dyna Japanese Fire Truck with free s' mores!
  • GoPro - Outdoor Adventure Cameras.
  • Oz - Tents and camping equipment.

All of our Bass Pro Camping Vendor Villages will have expert representatives to demonstrate their products and answer your questions!

*Bass Pro Shops Camping Village; Activity Villages

Bass Pro Shops - Be sure to check out the Bass Pro Shops' kayak demo pool  where you can watch the professionals give kayak and floatation vest demonstrations along with the opportunity for you to personally test out the newest Ascend kayaks! 

Lodge Cast Iron Cookware - No outdoor camping experience would be complete without food; scrambled eggs, biscuits, chili, even pineapple-upside down cake all cooked over an open flame is what you'll find at the Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Village.  Lodge has been the leader in outdoor cooking for over 100 years and folks from the Lodge Corporation will be on-site all weekend with cooking demonstrations, free sampling, and recipes for everyone.

Bounty Hunter - Bounty Hunter will be back this year with their popular metal detecting demos and again allow participants of Outdoor Days to hunt with their equipment for coins and other metals on their course!  Along with the regular annual activities that this village offers, this year you won't want miss the opportunity to meet the stars of Dig Wars

Stansport - Don't forget to stop by this village for not only a peek at their products, but also a bit of gold-panning for your very own treasure!

BioLite - Thermal Electric Stoves will be on display and their capabilities shown by demonstrations with the making of free s'mores for participants, all under the canopy of their interactive BioLite Japenese Fire Truck!

  

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Missouri Department of Conservation Village

Enjoy the great outdoors with the Missouri Department of Conservation

 

Come visit the MDC Village to try archery shooting at 3D targets in the department's interactive trailer.  Another fun MDC activity offered to participants will be air rifle range shooting, with guidance and tips from their experts!

MDC will be also be offering their Discover Nature Fishing, Lesson 1-Eqipment, Casting, and Proper Fish Handling Techniques this year at Outdoor Days!  These classes are free and pre-registration is required.  Lessons lasts two hours, consisting of 30-45 minutes of instruction and 1-1.5 hours of hands on fishing.  For more information please contact: Dave Woods, Fisheries Management Biologist of MDC; (417) 895-6881 ext.1623 or Dave.Woods@mdc.mo.gov.

 

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Boy Scouts of America Village

Come join members of the Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts of America to learn about patrol camping, race pinewood derby cars and also balance your way across their monkey bridge!

   

 

 

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Wonders of Wildlife Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy FREE activities that include rock wall climbing, bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, a carnival style hi-striker, archery, air soft gun and sling shot shooting ranges, 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, Master-Naturalists, SW Herpetological Society, SW Missouri Woodcarvers, Springfield Plateau Grotto, and the US Forest Service; all partners will have booths at this year's Outdoor Days with demonstrations by their experts and activities for you to enjoy!  Learn in the WOW Village 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 and so much more!

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with us at Lake Springfield; there are over 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 which generates $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 Bold/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, CAMOSystem,
Life Support Survival Gear, VOLT, DRI-Duck Outdoor

 

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

Register for a 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.

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 the winner!

 

 

Demonstrations:

  • 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 Pre-1840’s Mountain Men village hosted by the James River Mountain Man Rendezvous, featuring over 40 authentic campsites and see how families lived, ate, and worked during that era.

 

Throughout the weekend, watch 30 different Mountain Man demonstrations including beading, blacksmithing, atlatl throwing, moccasin making, gourd and stick weaving, canoe building, bow making, cordage, corn grinding, flint knapping, flute playing, pipe making, primitive fire starting, rug making, soap making, spoon making, spinning, weaving and quilt work, Dutch Oven cooking and baking, and many more. Era-clothing, toys, beads, leather crafts, hides, tools, lanterns, furniture, and even root beer and candy will be available for purchase.

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University of Missouri Extension 4-H                                      

 Join the youth and their leaders from the Missouri 4-H chapter for a fun and interactive experience in their 2014 Outdoor Days Village!                                                 

 

Visit the Western Heritage Cowboys, demonstrating action and steel plate shooting and steer roping; while you're there you can drop in on hunting and outdoor skills classes where you can practice compass and scope skills and learn how to identify tracks and furs.  You won't want to miss a live dog agility demo along with a stop by the 4-H petting zoo where you'll find animals such as rabbits, hens, goats, and a piglet.  Groves View Dairy will be part of this fun village; they will have milking demonstrations along with cows and calves to see-free yummy Hiland Dairy treats will be available for everyone to enjoy!  Don't move to the next village just yet, you'll want to check out a fly tackle making demo and maybe try your hand at a bit of Frisbee golf! 

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Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Village

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Members of the area Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland troops will be on-site in their village hosting a number of activities including; Geo-Caching, Letter Boxing, Marshmallow Cannons, Knot Tying, Amazing Structures, Edible Fires, and Bubble-Ology.  You won't want to miss out participating with these girls in action!

 

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Camp Wakonda

The Ozark Regional YMCA's Camp Wakonda Village will offer rock wall climbing, gaga ball games, and bracelet making.  A visit to this village will lead you walking along cool to your next destination with a complimentary snow cone!
 
Overnight campers can visit this village in the later hours for a campfire on Friday and/or Saturday with songs, stories, skits, and s'mores - hosted by Camp Wakonda's Steve Maynard and Royal Ranger's Rick Dostal!

 

 

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Royal Ranger Village

Shooting sports will be hosted within the Royal Ranger Village with the use of Bass Pro Shops' air rifle Daisy inflatable!  The Royal Rangers will also have a low ropes challenge course constructed and speciall designed for participants to enjoy during the weekend within their Outdoor Days' village!

On Saturday Afternoon of the Outdoor Days event, near the shoreline of Lake Springfield, the Royal Ranger Village will host, with the guidance of the James River Mountain Men Rendezvous, an authentic Pre-1840's teepee construction demonstration.

 

 

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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, September 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 Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Day Activities

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Other activities and features include: pontoon boat rides on Lake Springfield, hiking, the King of Buck's Truck, Bass Pro Race Cars, indoor-outdoor arcade and cooling station with hunting simulators, laser shot, and other arcade gaming consoles, back porch bowling, crossfit competitions, prize wheels and much, much more!  Throughout the weekend there will be many give aways, drawings, and prizes for participants!  We will have a professional balloon artist on site and also face painting available Saturday and Sunday; free of charge! 

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

 

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Official Sponsors

CoxHealth
The North Face
Missouri Beef Industry Council
Hy-Vee
Qdoba
SW Audio Visual
Einstein Bros Bagels
Professional Massage Training Center
Coca Cola, Ozarks Bottling Company
Columbia
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
KY3
Springfield Business Journal