Department of Fish and Wildlife
Gain Some Girl Power: Register Now For Outdoors Woman Workshop In September
Registration is now underway for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)weekend workshop sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
“If it’s time that you need, or you want to get out of the house, get a break from the kids for a weekend, learn something new that you can do with your family in the outdoors, and just enjoy the camaraderie of other women with the same interests, then the BOW workshop is squarely on target for you,” said BOW Program Volunteer Coordinator Beth Spivey-Minch.
The BOW workshop gives women the opportunity to learn a host of skills that will improve their knowledge and enjoyment of nature.
This year’s BOW event is being held on the shores of beautiful Lake Cumberland Sept. 17-19 at the 4-H Leadership Center in Jabez. Early bird registration is now underway. Sign-up forms are available online at fw.ky.gov, or by calling Kentucky Fish and Wildlife toll-free on weekdays at 1-800-858-1549.
The BOW program has introduced thousands of women 18 and older to outdoor experiences such as fishing; shooting; nature photography; wildlife identification; landscaping with native plants; canoeing and boating; turkey and deer hunting; survival; archery; and numerous other similar activities.
“We provide the type of supportive environment, and variety of classes, that gives women a positive learning experience and choices they ordinarily don’t have,” said Spivey-Minch.
“Kentucky’s fish and wildlife agency has developed one of the best BOW workshops in the country with excellent instructors and the 4-H Leadership facility offers a high-quality setting not found with most other state’s programs,” she added.
This fall’s BOW workshop will run from noon, Friday, Sept.17, through noon, Sunday, Sept.19. The workshop includes four half-day sessions. Participants may select from nearly 30 different classes.
In addition to the seminars, the $200 regular registration fee for each person includes six meals and dorm-style accommodations. Those who register by July 30 will receive the early bird fee of $185.
Some special courses are limited in the number of participants and may require an additional fee. The BOW weekend is limited to 150 participants – early registration is suggested as openings may fill quickly.
BOW is primarily designed for beginners to pick some useful outdoor skills and women who just want to raise their comfort level with fun activities that go on in the woods, or on the water.
Kentucky’s BOW program also receives support from the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Federal Ammunition, Remington Firearms, Lodge Cookware, Canoe Kentucky and the Kentucky Network of Outdoor Women.
“Come outside and enjoy a little change of pace,” Spivey-Minch said. “Learn why wildlife conservation is important, and how much there is to do related to all our natural resources.”