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Women's workshop outdoor skills instruction

Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills at a September workshop that includes several sessions led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife experts and other certified instructors.

The two-day workshop is scheduled the weekend of Sept. 17-19 at Camp River Ranch in Carnation.

The annual workshop is coordinated by Washington Outdoor Women, a nonprofit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship. Now in its 13th year, WOW is an educational outreach program of the Washington Wildlife Federation.

A total of 20 classes are offered throughout the weekend on skills such as archery, basic freshwater fishing, fly-fishing and tying flies, kayaking, cooking wild game, big-game hunting basics, map and compass reading, wilderness first aid, survival skills, "How to Start a Hunting Dog" and outdoor photography.

Workshop participants must be at least 18 years old and must have a current Washington recreational fishing license if they want to participate in the fishing and fly-fishing sessions.

The workshop fee is $235 and covers the cost of lodging, meals and necessary equipment. A limited number of partial scholarships, provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, are available for first-time participants.

For more information or to register, see www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org or call Ronni McGlenn at 425-455-1986.

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