Workshop offers women instruction on outdoor skills

Staff reportJune 30, 2013 

Women can sign up now for a three-day seminar in September that will teach them the basic skills to enjoy the outdoors.

The annual workshop is coordinated by Washington Outdoor Women, a nonprofit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship. In its 16th year, the WOW program is an educational outreach effort of the Washington Wildlife Federation.

The workshop offers 20 classes on outdoor skills such as archery, freshwater fishing, fly-fishing, kayaking, big-game hunting, wild edibles, map and compass reading, wilderness first aid, survival skills and outdoor photography.

Sessions will be taught by experts from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife experts and other certified instructors.

Several department staff members serve as volunteer instructors for the event. Among them are biologists Laura Till and Susan Cierebiej, who teach map and compass skills, and Stacie Kelsey, who teaches basic freshwater fishing.

In all, 32 instructors will volunteer their time and expertise at the workshop to help women reconnect with the outdoors.

“Our hope is that by developing a connection with nature and the knowledge and ethics to participate with a can do attitude, women will share their reverence and respect for the outdoors with everyone, and especially with the children and young adults they know and influence,” said Ronni McGlenn, Washington Outdoor Women director.

The camp will be Sept. 13-15 at Camp Waskowitz, located along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and must have a current Washington recreational fishing license to participate in the fishing and fly-fishing sessions.

The fee is $250 and includes instruction, lodging, meals and use of all necessary equipment. Partial scholarships, provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, are available for first-time participants.

The registration deadline is Sept. 4 or when the 120-person limit is reached.

To learn more about Washington Outdoor Women and the workshop, or to download the registration form, go to washingtonoutdoorwomen.org or contact McGlenn at 425-455-1986.

If you go

What: Washington Outdoor Weekend Fall Weekend Workshop

When: Sept. 13-15

Where: Camp Waskowitz, North Bend

Fee: $250

Registration deadline: Sept. 4 or when the 120-person limit is reached.

Fee: $250

How to register: washington outdoorwomen.org

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