OLYMPIA -- Women interested in developing outdoor skills will have weekend
training opportunities in eastern and western Washington this summer.
Washington Outdoor Women and the Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife are offering inaugural weekend classes in such skills as archery, backpacking,
canoeing, cooking, fishing, shooting and survival.
The eastside workshop is scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23 at Camp Cowles on
Diamond Lake. The lake is 50 miles north of Spokane.
The westside workshop is scheduled for Sept. 19 and 20 at the Environmental
Learning Center at Deep Lake in Millersylvania State Park. The park is 12 miles south
Participants must be at least 18 years old. The registration fee for each two-day
workshop is $150. The fee includes lodging, meals, instruction and a t-shirt. Partial
scholarships also are available, with preference given to single-parent and low-income
The classes will be taught by approximately 40 volunteer instructors. Each
participant will select three four-hour courses from a list of 16.
All participants also will take a personal preparedness course. It covers physical
conditioning, mental preparedness and outdoor ethics.
"Women represent more than half of Washington's population," said Lisa Pelly,
chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. "We want to help and prepare
them to enjoy the opportunities and stewardship responsibilities offered by
Washington's vast natural resources."
Women wishing to register or receive scholarship information should contact:
Kathleen South in Olympia at (360) 902-2251; Ronni McGlenn in Bellevue at (425) 455-
1986 or Alison Block in Spokane at (509) 226-0311. Registration forms may be
downloaded from the Washington Outdoor Women's website on the Internet at
Washington Outdoor Women is a nonprofit organization that introduces women
to outdoor skills through hands-on training.