Women's growing interest in outdoors recognized Learning, improving skills focuses of DNR workshop

July 14, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

In the past few years, increasing numbers of women have been participating in outdoor sports, with significant growth in areas such as fly fishing, deer and waterfowl hunting, watersports and hiking and camping.

Recognizing this change, the Department of Natural Resources will hold its second annual "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" workshop Sept. 13-15 at Catoctin Mountain National Park near Frederick.

"This workshop offers women an opportunity to learn outdoors skills in an atmosphere of camaraderie and support," said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin.

The workshop, which is part of a national program, is aimed primarily at women, but is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Course offerings over the three days will include, in part: Outdoor cooking, photography, basic fishing and fly fishing, whitetail-deer hunting, basic firearms safety and handling, archery and basic bowhunting, trapping and canoeing.

New courses this year include kayaking, fly-tying, hiking, backpacking, muzzleloader skills and sessions on waterfowl ecology and waterfowl hunting.

The workshop will begin at 11: 30 a.m. on Friday and end at 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost of the workshop will be $165 per person, including meals.

For information, write Alice Harrison, DNR Public Communications Office, Tawes State Office Building D-4, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis 21401, or call (410) 974-3545.

Paralympic team

Three weeks after the Summer Olympics end in Atlanta, the Paralympics will begin there, and Chris Murphy of Annapolis and James Leatherman of Baltimore will be members of the U.S. sailing team.

Sailing will be an exhibition sport in this year's competition, but is expected to become an official event for the Games in 2000.

Pub Date: 7/14/96

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