Recreational Sports to Host Outdoor Adventure Clinics

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 12, 2003 – In an effort to raise awareness among the University community about outdoor recreation possibilities, Recreational Sports at Southeast Missouri State University is hosting three Outdoor Adventure Clinics that are free for all University students, faculty and staff.

The presentations will feature places to go camping, hiking, swimming, fishing and nature walking, all within a two-hour drive.

On Sept. 22, Denise Dowling, park superintendent at Big Oak Tree State Park, will discuss state parks to visit in the area, including Big Oak Tree, Hawn, Sam A. Baker, and Trail of Tears.  The presentation will take place in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Recreation Center.

Oct. 14 marks “Eagle Day,” in which a live entertainment show will be hosted by the World Bird Sanctuary from St. Louis. Staff from the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Wildlife Area will speak as people view the array of birds that will be shown, including an eagle, three owls, two hawks, a vulture and a kestrel, with fly-overs of the audience.  This show will take place in the West Gym of the Student Recreation Center.  Tickets for Eagle Day are $2 for anyone between the ages of 12 and 65. Those under 12 and over 65, and those who present their Southeast ID, will be admitted free.

Finally, on Oct. 20, Janet Price, a Johnson Shut-Ins park naturalist, will give a presentation on state parks in the area.  Her presentation will feature a video history of Arcadia Valley, and she will speak about outdoor activities at Johnson Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks, Missouri Mines, Taum Sauk Mountain, and Fort Davison Historic Site.  Her presentation will take place in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Recreation Center.

Each of the presentations will begin at 7 p.m.  For more information on any of these events, contact Rodney Ladreiter at (573) 651-2471.