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Sign up now for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop in W. Palm Beach

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has a weekend workshop planned for women who want to learn a variety of outdoor skills. The FWC’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” (BOW) workshop is Oct. 18-20 at Pine Jog’s Everglades Youth Conservation Camp near West Palm Beach.

The FWC invites women 18 and older to attend the workshop to learn or improve their skills on a variety of outdoor recreational activities. In four three-and-a-half-hour sessions, the workshop teaches such skills as survival, kayaking, outdoor cooking and understanding the woods at all levels of physical activity.

The BOW program offers a fun and supportive atmosphere to experiment and enjoy the camaraderie of other women who want to experience Florida’s great outdoors. The camp is open to anyone who wants to learn in a relaxed, noncompetitive, hands-on environment. The camp’s instructors strive to make participants feel comfortable.

“Patience is a key ingredient to the success of the program,” statewide BOW coordinator Lynne Hawk said. “Our instructors are there to guide people through the activities. There is no stress.”

The camp is in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area in northwest Palm Beach County. The setting is a rustic, summer-camp facility with basic, modern amenities. Lodging is dormitory style, with meals served in the cafeteria. Sessions begin Friday afternoon and end Sunday with lunch.

Cost is $200. However, partial scholarships are available for participants who qualify. There is also a $50 discount for those who register at least one month in advance. Workshops are limited to 100 participants; reservations are held on a first-come, first-served basis.

Session topics include:

  • Primitive chef
  • Basic wilderness survival skills
  • Introduction to shooting sports
  • Canoeing/kayaking basics
  • Introduction to handgun shooting and hunting
  • Introduction to panfishing
  • Introduction to bass fishing
  • Basic archery skills
  • Introduction to fly-fishing
  • Boating basics
  • Outdoor photography basics
  • Bird-watching basics
  • Florida whitetails
  • Basic camping/backpacking skills
  • Small-game hunting basics
  • Basic personal safety skills
  • Basic wilderness first aid
  • Talkin’ turkey
  • Introduction to reading the woods
  • Hunter safety course
  • Black powder firearm basics
  • Introduction to shotgun shooting and hunting
  • Bowhunting basics
  • Map and compass basics
  • Knot-tying basics
  • Introduction to geocaching & GPS
  • Introduction to aquatic ecosystems

For more information on BOW or to register for this unique women’s outdoor workshop, go to or call 561-625-5122.

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