Celebrate Fall by Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

CONTACT: Sylvia Payne
1-800-262-3151 or

As the leaves begin to turn and the air cools down, why not hit the trail to the next Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop? This fall's fun-filled event will be held October 5-7, 2007, at the 4-H Center near Columbiana in Shelby County. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsors the biannual workshop for women ages 18 and up. Past participants have described their BOW experiences as confidence building, self-esteem boosting, educational, exciting, recreational, family involvement promoting, and tons of fun!

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, falconry, nature crafts, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, nature crafts, archery, ATV handling, motor boat handling, and more. This session also includes a new class: ‘Wildlife Gardner’. Participants can also obtain their Hunter Education Certification and Boating Safety Certification during the weekend event.

The workshop begins on Friday afternoon, October 5, and ends on Sunday afternoon, October 7. 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. To register, visit the ADCNR Web site at www.outdooralabama.com/outdoor-adventures/Events_for_women/bow/.

For additional information, contact Sylvia Payne, Information and Education Section at 1-800-262-3151; e-mail: sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov; Web site: www.outdooralabama.com.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.