WOW‘s 20th year was celebratory for so many reasons: the call for educating women with outdoor skills just keeps getting louder; experienced female instructors continue to volunteer their expertise; and the diversity, both culturally and geographically, continues to grow. More women wanting to actively hunt, fish and meet the challenges of being in the outdoors is on the upswing. WOW’s 2017 workshops support the program’s authenticity of mission as genuinely beneficial to all who attend!
The 2017 Annual Weekend workshop, September 15-17, saw 153 on site at Camp Waskowitz. In beautiful Fall weather, survival students built forest shelters, arrows hit targets, Fly fishers set flies on the river, and Dutch oven meals were tasted. The Field-to-Freezer class cut and wrapped meat, Wilderness First Aid’ers timed their tourniquets, gathered wild foods were savored, a spiked wildlife trail was investigated, women learned the reliability of a compass, and Knot tiers used their new skills to erect emergency shelters. Along the way, gear fix-it tips were shared, pollinator gardens were created, a live beehive inspected, backpacking skills renewed, natural soap made and memory books created.