Archive for September 21st, 2011

Becoming an Outdoor Woman

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Shooting, fishing, kayaking, and Dutch oven cooking…. What do these activities have in common?

09—A lot of women have never tried some of these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn them in a non-threatening, comfortable environment.

Heidi Rao (RAY-oh) oversees the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program for Parks and Wildlife. Each spring and fall, women interested in honing or developing their outdoor skills can sign up for a three-day workshop.

19—The BOW program is divided into thirds: A third of the activities that we offer are hunting and shooting and wildlife based learning. A third are fishing, and boating and water-based activities, and the final third are the other activities such as bird-watching, astronomy, camping, and backpacking.

Heidi says women of all ages and varying abilities take part in the workshops, and come away with new skills and new friends.

13—They go to these workshops and they meet new friends. And we do see a lot of the camaraderie, a lot of the small groups that get to know each other and begin to grow and build friendship—and maintain these friendships across the miles.

Find more information on the BOW program on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program supports our series. Through your purchases of hunting and fishing equipment and motorboat fuels, over 40 million dollars in conservation efforts are funded in Texas each year.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.