Kentucky BOW Event in Cumberland Falls State Park

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Women who like the outdoors and need an enjoyable and refreshing weekend away should consider coming to the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop, at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Feb. 22-24.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers these unique workshops in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Parks. The weekend program will offer women 18 and older a chance to learn a variety of outdoor skills amidst the backdrop of the world-famous moonbow at Cumberland Falls near Corbin, Kentucky.

This workshop will feature a guided tour around the falls, along with a night hike to observe the moonbow. Participants will have their choice of numerous hands-on classes, including the basics of fishing, archery, firearms use, hiking, camping, wildlife and plant identification, and hunting. Classes are presented in a non-threatening and relaxed atmosphere targeted to beginners.

Pre-registration is required and is now underway through Feb. 14. The workshop fee of $175 includes six meals and lodging for two nights, general sessions and materials and transportation to and from workshop class sites. You may register with a credit card, or get a form by calling toll-free 1-800-858-1549 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays. Forms are also on the Internet at fw.ky.gov. The workshop begins with check-in at noon Eastern time on Friday, Feb. 22. It will conclude at noon Sunday, Feb. 24.

"This partnership between Kentucky State Parks and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife gives women who want to learn about outdoor activities a chance to do that in a setting that's very hard to find elsewhere," said Beth Spivey-Minch, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s volunteer coordinator for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.

"Our park system in Kentucky has some amazing history, sights and unique opportunities that will be rolled into this jam-packed weekend about wildlife related recreation and the wonders of nature," said Spivey-Minch. "It's more than a good value. You'll come away excited about what you've learned, more confident than when you arrived, and new friends to share your interests with, guaranteed."

"This is where you get your questions answered, get to try what you want to learn to do, and get encouragement from others who want to see you gain new skills and succeed," she added.

Often women are reluctant to try activities related to the outdoors because they believe that fishing, archery, target shooting or hunting is only for men. Sometimes, women simply don't get a chance to see what these activities are about in an environment that assists them in learning how things are done.

BOW workshops are designed for women to "get their feet wet" with professional instruction from a teacher whose goal is to ensure participants have fun and come away with confidence in their new skills.

"There's no better way to get started in these endeavors than coming to a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop at a Kentucky state park," said Spivey-Minch. "You make a lot of new friends and realize there are lots of other women out there who enjoy the same kinds of activities. Our classes help reduce the anxiety, and by the end of the workshop, it's amazing how comfortable our participants become with things they never thought they’d be able to accomplish."

"I promise you'll want to show off your new skills when you get home. You'll be ready to be part of the next family fishing, camping or hunting outing and it will be much more fun because you’ll know more about how to do it," said Spivey-Minch.