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DNR To Host Sixth Annual Women In Outdoors Event

By Staff | Jul 15, 2009

There is still time to register for the sixth annual Women in the Outdoors Event to be held at Kanawha State Forest on July 25, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the Division of Natural Resources.

“The focus of the event is to provide women an opportunity to learn outdoor activities with a hands-on experience,” Jezioro said. “Although women make up half the population in West Virginia, they make up a much smaller percentage of those who enjoy outdoor activities.”

During this one-day event, which is being co-sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors program, women will have the opportunity to participate in four 90-minute classes throughout the day: archery, birding, biking, camping, first aid, fishing, fly tying, outdoor cooking, outdoor crafts, outdoor survival, shooting, stream ecology, “talkin’ turkey,” and “what’s in the woods.”

“If you’ve ever wanted to learn an outdoor skill, but were unsure of the equipment needed or what all is involved, this field day is a wonderful opportunity to explore these areas,” said event coordinator Billie Shearer.

Experienced volunteer instructors will provide hands-on training throughout the day. In addition, women participating in the event will be eligible for door prizes, various raffles, and a silent auction that will include various items such as wildlife prints, sculptures, and quilts.

A small registration fee of $50 is required to cover the cost of training, materials, lunch, one year subscription to the Women in the Outdoors Magazine, and a gift. Ages 14-17 must attend with a parent or legal guardian.

For more information concerning this event or to register, visit the DNR’s Web site at www.wvdnr.gov, call 304-558-2771 or e-mail billieshearer@wvdnr.gov.