For women who are curious to explore what the outdoors has to offer, but uncertain of how or where to begin, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop series provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities. One of these workshops, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is scheduled to take place Nov. 7-9 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, or BOW, is an educational program offering hands-on workshops to women of all ages and physical ability levels and aims to break down barriers to female participation in outdoor activities by providing a safe and supportive learning environment.
Workshops are led by outdoor professionals and introduce women to a variety of activities equally balanced between hunting and shooting, fishing and boating, and non-harvest sports like canoeing, camping and tree-climbing. Sessions range in intensity from leisurely to rugged (strenuous).
Although classes are designed with beginners and those with little to no experience in mind, more seasoned participants will benefit from the opportunity to hone their existing skills and try out new activities. All participants will receive enough instruction to pursue their outdoor interests further when the workshop is complete.
Weekend workshops begin on Friday morning and end on Sunday afternoon. Between meals and special presentations and events, participants can choose from more than 25 classes to take part in, including hunter education and firearms safety.
Jody Rice, BOW coordinator, said the program is intended to encourage women to embrace nature and the outdoors through enjoyable activities and experiences.
“BOW classes give women from all backgrounds the chance to learn outdoor skills in a positive, non-competitive atmosphere where they can feel confident and have fun,” said Rice.
A Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop is scheduled for Nov. 7-9 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The center is near Mansfield, less than an hour southeast of Atlanta off interstate 20. Participants can choose to bring their own tents and gear or lodge at Charlie Elliott’s beautiful conference center, part of a popular complex including a wildlife management and public fishing area.
For more information, including registration details and a complete listing of classes offered, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/BOW or call (770) 784-3059.