Women’s North Carolina Weekend Getaway Teaches Outdoor Skills and Fun

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering an outdoor skills weekend workshop for women, April 13-15, at the Eastern 4-H Conference Center in Columbia, N.C.

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop will provide expert instruction on a wide array of activities on the water, in the field and by the campfire. Cost is $225 per person and covers a choice of four outdoor skills sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging. Space is limited, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This weekend is as comprehensive as it gets, when it comes to an opportunity to learn and participate in outdoors recreation,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “It’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere, tailored for a fulfilling experience for each participant.”

Amenities at the Eastern 4-H Conference Center include climate-controlled living quarters, private showers and a spacious dining hall. The 250-acre facility boasts a spectacular view of the Albemarle Sound and access to nearby woodlands, meadows, pocosin forests, wetlands and tributaries.

“It’s a beautiful setting — perfect for learning these outdoor skills,” Gillen said. “The nature trails and boat docks provide easy access to the surrounding natural areas.”

Sessions include:

  • Intro to Firearms Safety
  • Intro to Archery

Basic Fishing

Game Meat Processing

Intro to Archery

Wildlife Digital Photography

Game and Outdoor Cooking

Wilderness Survival Skills


Basic Shotgun

Basic Pistol

Sea Turtles and Marine Mammals

Basic Fly-Tying


Advanced Shotgun

Bow Fishing

Intro to GPS

Motorboat Skills

Advanced 3-D Archery

Backyard Habitat

Basic Crossbow

Intro to Fly-Fishing

Rock Climbing

Nature Identification

Sound and Pond Ecology

Trapping, Tracking and Trekking

Intro to Turkey Hunting

Intro to Bird Watching

Rifle Marksmanship


Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program in which women 18 and older can learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences. In North Carolina, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is administered by the Wildlife Commission with a variety of workshops held across the state.

For more information on the weekend, gift certificates and scholarship opportunities, contact Gillen at 919-218-3638 or bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org.