If you’re going
• What: NWTF Women in the Outdoors Outdoor Workshop Weekend
• When: Sept. 20-22
• Where: Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp, Covington
• Cost: Members $75; new or renewing membership $110
• Also: Friday night arrival is an additional $25 (includes lodging and Saturday breakfast)
• More: www.georgianwtf.org
Attention ladies. How would you like to get away for an exciting weekend where you can learn to shoot a gun, kayak, fish and go horseback riding?
What if I told you it is available at an affordable price?
I recently had coffee with Dee Lowery, who is the state coordinator for the Georgia chapter of Women in the Outdoors, which is part of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Dee’s husband Kevin works for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and represents Georgia on the NWTF Technical Committee, which is how she got involved.
Founded in 1973, the federation has chapters in every state and Canada. The organization has spent more than $372 million to conserve millions of acres. In fact, the area conserved is larger than West Virginia.
According to the federation’s website, “The restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history.”
The organization’s efforts have also helped other wildlife in the process.
I did not grow up in a hunting family, but have several good friends whose husbands are avid hunters.
One thing is for sure, hunters are passionate about their woods. They care deeply about their sport, but also about the environment in which they spend so much time.
I love that women can venture out — perhaps far out — of their comfort zone and experience the outdoors in ways that so often seem exclusive to men.
Dee said she began attending the Women in the Outdoors events back in 2000 as a way to try new things she may not have otherwise experienced.
“It was addictive,” she laughed. “There is really something for everyone. It is not just about hunting but about being able to try all sorts of things, from archery to canoeing. And we even have a woman who is crafty and will lead a scrapbooking session.”
Dee has organized a way for women to come together and experience all sorts of outdoor activities during this event, which is set for Sept. 20-22 in Covington.
You can register online and, as I mentioned, it is quite affordable. This would be the perfect event to attend with a group of girlfriends, or a mother/daughter outing. Do remember, however, that girls must be at least 14.
Forsyth County resident Jennifer Farrell first met Dee years ago when their sons were in Boy Scouts together (Jen was the den leader).
After hearing about Women in the Outdoors from Dee, she decided to get involved and was pleasantly surprised by the experience.
“I had forgotten how much I loved camping,” Jen said. “There is always something new you can learn, and we always have so much fun.”
Dee said there are 50 chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation in Georgia and many offer Women in the Outdoors events.
Some may have a few dozen female participants, while others have as many as 400.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at email@example.com.