‘Becoming an Outdoors-Woman’ workshop set for central Louisiana

Staff reports

One hundred and twenty-five women will fill the woods in Pollock at Camp Grant Walker in the rolling hills of central Louisiana.

On April 8-10, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will sponsor its 23rd “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” workshop. Women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states will attend educational hands-on outdoor skill workshops. If you are a woman 18 or older and like the outdoors, you will love this three-day skill’s workshop.

Registration will open Feb. 14. Interested persons are urged to register as soon as possible beginning on this date.

The $170 fee (check or money order only) includes instruction for four selected classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and t-shirt.

Two Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarships are available for this workshop to any new participant that is of low income and has children under the age of 18. The scholarship pays $125 of the $170 registration fee. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for a $45 fee. To find out how to apply, go to wlf.louisiana.gov/workshop-scholarships.

Participants will enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include bucks and does, shotgun, rifle, fly-fishing, canoeing, camping, archery, horseback riding, fishing, boating/trailering, map and compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking, and more. Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges, and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.

Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program. She completed a survey in 1991 entitled Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing. It documented that the most obvious problem for women was lack of instruction and encouragement.

To receive a registration form contact LDWF Educators, Dana Norsworthy (318) 345-3912 or Bill Breed (318) 343-1241. Forms can be faxed, mailed or retrieved from the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman-bow. The forms will not be available until Feb. 14. They must be returned by mail to the address on the form. Hand delivered registration forms will not be accepted until February 15, 2011. The first 125 completed registration forms received with payment will be accepted. All forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.