Outdoor Weekend For Women Scheduled For March 31-April 2 In Wilkes County

Last Updated on February 21, 2017 4:55 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 20th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Weekend Workshop, March 31-April 2, at the YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge in Wilkes County.

The workshop is open to women 18 and older on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 100 registrants.  Pre-registration is required ( and the registration fee is $225, which covers two nights cabin lodging at the camp, seven meals, a t-shirt, and all equipment needed for each course, as well as workshop and classroom instruction.

Participants can choose from more than 30 outdoor-related courses, such as Game and Outdoor Cooking, Basic Shotgun, Ropes Course and Climbing Wall, Decoy Carving, Canoeing and Kayaking, Basic Fishing, Wildlife Digital Photography, Native Pollinators, Wilderness Survival Skills and more. Download a complete list of courses, including times and descriptions.

Because courses are outdoors and hands-on, participants should bring tennis shoes and/or hiking boots, insect repellant, sunscreen, rain gear, water bottle, flashlight and sunglasses.

The Commission is providing financial assistance of up to 80 percent of the cost of the workshop to eligible participants through its Mel Porter Scholarship Fund, which is supported by contributions from previous BOW participants. Preference is given to first-time workshop participants who are full-time students, single parents of young children, and members of low-income households. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 15.

“Our Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshops have been extremely popular and tend to fill up very quickly,” said BB Gillen, the outdoors skills coordinator with the Commission. “This workshop is tailored to women of all skill levels, from beginners who would like to improve their skills to those who have a lot of outdoor experience but would like to learn new skills.”

For more information on the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop, contact Gillen at 919-218-3638 or

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program for women, 18 and older, to learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences, such as archery, fishing, paddling, wildlife photography, outdoor cooking, target shooting and motorboat safety. The Commission offers several BOW-related workshops throughout the year and across the state. Learn more by visiting the Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman webpage.

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