Popular program introduces women to outdoor skills in a stress-free environment
PRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that this year’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop scheduled for Sept. 25-27 is full, with 128 women registered. There is a lengthy waiting list, and applications are no longer being accepted.

“The fact that we are filled to capacity three months before the workshop demonstrates the important need that this fun and educational program fills in connecting women with the outdoors." says Ross Robins, KDWP's Education Section chief. "It also reflects well on long-time program coordinator Jami Vonderschmidt and on the skill and experience of our volunteer instructors.”

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (BOW) is designed to provide women a chance to learn about the outdoors and outdoor recreation in a friendly, non-threatening environment. During the three-day workshop at Rock Springs 4-H Center, volunteer instructors teach participants a variety of skills, including fishing, shotgunning, orienteering, rifle marksmanship, botany, dog handling, archery, and more. Kansas held its first BOW workshop in 1994, and this year marks the 16th anniversary of the event.

Studies have shown that many women do not participate in outdoor recreation because they have not had an opportunity to learn the outdoor skills that make outdoor activities enjoyable. The popularity of BOW proves that when that opportunity is offered, many women take advantage of it with enthusiasm. Women who participate in this program learn the outdoor skills that allow them to fully enjoy the outdoor environment, while building self-confidence.

Registration for the 2010 workshop opens next May. Women wishing to ensure a spot in next year’s workshop should mark their calendars and register early. For more information, phone 620-672-5911.