To some men and women, the outdoors is the domain of bugs, snakes, poison ivy and creepy critters.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center has the perfect program for ladies who would like to learn about hunting, fishing, boating and other recreational skills in the great outdoors.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman is a non-profit, educational program offering hands-on workshops to women of all ages and fitness levels.
Casual classes help women learn everything from shooting clays to birding. They will even teach you what a “clay” is and what “birding” means.
By the time the weekend workshops — which begin with lunch Friday and end with lunch Sunday — are over, sessions led by outdoors professionals will give women enough knowledge to pursue their new love for the outdoors.
Women 18 and older can choose from more than 25 classes in:
- outdoor photography
- small game hunting
- fly fishing
- outdoor survival skills
- GPS and Geocaching
- nature photography and
- rope-assisted tree climbing.
- Firearms safety and hunter education classes are also offered.
Jody Rice is a DNR coordinator for Becoming an Outdoors Woman. She said the program — often referred to as “BOW” — is designed to encourage women to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
“BOW offers women that chance by providing various classes in outdoor skills, and teaches these skills in a fun, non-threatening environment,” said Rice, who is also training and development specialist at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.
A Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop is scheduled for November 8-10, 2013 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, near Mansfield, less than an hour southeast of Atlanta.
Participants will lodge at Charlie Elliott’s beautiful conference center, part of a popular complex including wildlife management and public fishing areas.
Become an Outdoor Woman who laughs at snakes, eats bugs and fearlessly avoids poison ivy.
Phone 770-784-3059 for information.