Workshop Teaches Women Outdoor Skills


Are you an adventurous, nature-loving woman wishing to learn more about Florida?s great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment? If so, now is the time to register for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission?s (FWC) Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop near West Palm Beach.

The three-day workshop is Oct. 19-21 at the Everglades Youth Camp in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. The workshop begins that Friday at 10 a.m. and ends that Sunday with lunch.

Although designed with women in mind, the workshop is open to anyone 18 years and older wanting to learn or improve their outdoor skills and enjoy several recreational activities.

The program offers a fun and supportive atmosphere for participants wishing to try new things and enjoy the camaraderie of other women wanting to do the same. In four, three-and-one-half-hour sessions, the BOW workshop teaches some of the basic skills associated with fishing, hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation, at all levels of physical activity, with hands-on experience.

?The most popular classes women sign up for are handguns, archery, wilderness survival and outdoor cooking,? BOW state coordinator Lynne Hawk said.

Other classes available are canoeing and kayaking, reading the woods, geocaching and GPS, shooting sports, camping and backpacking, deer hunting, small game hunting, outdoor photography, wilderness first aid, map and compass, panfishing, fly fishing, bird watching, personal safety, shotguns, bass fishing, turkey hunting, hunter safety course, muzzleloaders, bowhunting and knot tying.

The cost for the three-day event is $200, and there are half-price slots available for low-income participants, single parents and college students attending the workshop for the first time. There is also a $50 early bird discount for participants who register by Sept. 19. The workshop is restricted to 100 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

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