DNR to Host Fifth Annual Women in the Outdoors Event July 26 at Kanawha State Forest

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It’s time to register for the fifth annual Women in the Outdoors Event to be held at Kanawha State Forest on July 26, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

“The focus of the event is to provide women an opportunity to learn outdoor activities with a hands-on experience,” Jezioro said.  “Although women make up half the population in West Virginia, they make up a much smaller percentage of those who take the time enjoy outdoor activities.”

During this one day event, which is being co-sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors program, women will have the opportunity to participate in four 90 minute classes throughout the day: archery, birding, biking, camping, first aid, fishing, fly tying, outdoor cooking, outdoor crafts, outdoor survival, shooting, stream ecology, talkin’ turkey, and what’s in the woods.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn an outdoor skill, but were unsure of the equipment needed or what’s all involved, this field day is a wonderful opportunity to explore these areas.  Experienced volunteer instructors will provide hands-on training throughout the day. In addition, women participating in the event will be eligible for door prizes, various raffles, and a silent auction that will include various items such as wildlife prints, sculptures and quilts.

A registration fee of $40 (if postmarked by June 1) or $45 is required to cover the cost of training, materials, lunch, one year subscription to the Women in the Outdoors Magazine, and a gift.  Ages 14-17 must attend with a parent or legal guardian.

For more information concerning this event or to register, visit the DNR’s Web site at www.wvdnr.gov , call 304-558-2771 or e-mail billieshearer [at] wvdnr [dot] gov.