Beyond Becoming An Outdoor Woman

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RALEIGH, N.C.– Registration is now open for two upcoming events in the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, a hands-on and fun way to learn outdoor skills presented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Whether hiking, camping or fishing on a pristine mountain stream, confidence and knowledge is always an advantage. The Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is custom designed to provide advantages.

  • The two events are:
    An outdoor skills course at McDowell Nature Preserve in Mecklenburg County on May 17-18. Fishing, archery, basic camping and backpacking are covered in this overnight event. Also covered are kayaking, outdoor cooking and lake and stream ecology.
  • A fly-fishing experience at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard on Aug. 2. You’ll learn stream ecology, knot tying, fly-tying, casting and equipment basics, along with fishing on the Davidson River, one of America’s 100 best trout streams.

“Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is designed for women looking to expand their experience, not necessarily those who are experienced,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Resources Commission. “The intention of Beyond BOW is to increase experiences. So, the whole thing is about learning new outdoors skills and how to perform them safely, while having fun and sharing in the camaraderie.”

Participation is open to women ages 18 and older. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with fees paid in advance. Registration deadline for the outdoors skills course is April 30. Registration deadline for the fly fishing experience is July 21. For additional information, call (919) 707-0172.