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‘Becoming an Outdoors-Woman’ program can change your outlook on the outdoors

SOCIAL CIRCLE Ga. - Ladies, if you are uncertain where to begin when thinking about outdoor activities, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is a great place to start!  This program provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.  A BOW workshop, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is scheduled to take place Nov. 3-5 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

“BOW classes give women from all backgrounds the chance to learn outdoor skills in a positive, non-competitive atmosphere where they can feel confident and have fun,” said Jody Rice, BOW coordinator.

BOW is an educational program offering hands-on workshops to women of all ages and physical ability levels and aims to break down barriers to female participation in outdoor activities by providing a safe and supportive learning environment. 

Weekend workshops begin on Friday morning and end on Sunday afternoon. Between meals and special presentations and events, participants can choose from more than 25 professionally-led classes, ranging from such topics as firearms, wilderness survival, fishing, orienteering, birding and tree climbing. Sessions range in intensity from leisurely to rugged (strenuous).

Although classes are designed with beginners and those with little to no experience in mind, more seasoned participants will benefit from the opportunity to hone their existing skills and try out new activities. All participants will receive enough instruction to pursue their outdoor interests further when the workshop is complete.

Registration is now open for a BOW workshop scheduled for Nov. 3-5 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (located near Mansfield, less than an hour southeast of Atlanta off Interstate 20). Participants can choose to bring their own tents and gear or lodge at Charlie Elliott’s beautiful conference center, part of a popular complex including a wildlife management and public fishing area. Cost per person ranges from $310-360 (dependent on lodging choice).

For more information, including registration details and a complete listing of classes offered, visit or call 770-784-3059.