Register Now for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop

The next Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop will be held October 6-8, 2006, at the 4-H Center near Columbiana in Shelby County. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources sponsors the workshop for women ages 18 and up.

BOW offers beginner-level skills training for a variety of activities. Participants take four different classes during the weekend and may choose from activities such as backyard wildlife, nature crafts, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, nature crafts, archery, ATV handling, motor boat handling, and more. This session also includes a new class: pine needle basket making. Participants can also obtain their Hunter Education Certification and Boating Safety Certification during the weekend event.

The workshop begins on Friday afternoon, October 6, and ends on Sunday afternoon, October 8. Instructors are Department of Conservation employees and volunteers who enjoy sharing their skills with beginners. Although not required, participants may bring their own equipment for use in the sessions.

Registration is $199, and covers all meals, dormitory lodging, program materials and instruction. Enrollment is limited to 130 applicants, and classes fill up fast. For more information and to register, visit

For additional information, contact Sylvia Payne, Information and Education Section at 1-800-262-3151; e-mail: Sylvia.Payne.