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E-M:/ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Summer Weekend Moves to New Location

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

June 1, 2006

CONTACT: Lynn Marla 517-241-2225 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Summer Weekend Moves to New Location

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program today announced a fun-filled weekend for any woman, 18 or older, who is interested in learning a new outdoor skill, improving existing skills or simply sharing a fun outdoor experience with other women.
The new location for this three-day BOW weekend, Aug. 18-20, is the Kettunen Center near Tustin (south of Cadillac). The program includes classes in basic fishing from a pontoon, beginning shotgun and handgun instruction, archery, deer hunting, map and compass, GPS, kayaking, water survival, cast iron cooking, backing up the boat and more. Participants also will have a special opportunity to sign up for a TREE (Teams Recreational Environmental Experience). This program is a teambuilding/low ropes initiative program designed to help build communication skills, trust, self-esteem, and decision-making and problem-solving skills.

The workshop cost is $235 and includes all meals, lodging and instruction (TREE course is an extra $25). Accommodations are dorm-style rooms shared by three people and with community bath arrangements. All facilities are air-conditioned and very nice. The grounds include 160 acres of rolling hills and forest situated on Clear Lake. Check out the Web site at www.kettunencenter.org.
"This program is an especially good opportunity for women wishing to learn new outdoor skills and to gain confidence in using firearms, fishing tackle, kayaks and other outdoors equipment in a non-threatening, friendly atmosphere," said Lynn Marla, DNR BOW coordinator.

Marla said the program, limited to 80 women, typically fills up fast. "Women need to act now if they wish to get a chance to join other adventurous women and enthusiastic instructors in a great 'up north' setting."

For more information and the registration form, visit the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman page on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr, or contact Lynn Marla, state BOW coordinator at marlal@michigan.gov.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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