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Women’s outdoor workshop coming to Panama City

News Release

Monday, August 29, 2011

Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

Wanted:  Adventurous and outdoorsy women wishing to learn more about Florida's great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment. If this could be you, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to participate in the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) mini-workshop in Panama City.

The single-day workshop takes place Saturday, Oct. 15 at Gulf Coast State College along the beautiful shores of St. Andrews Bay. The workshop runs 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Although designed with women in mind, the workshop is open to anyone 18 years or older who wants to improve their outdoor skills and enjoy several recreational activities.

The program offers a fun and supportive atmosphere for participants wishing to try new things and enjoy the camaraderie of other women wanting to do the same. In two, three-and-one-half-hour sessions, the BOW mini-workshop teaches skills associated with fishing, hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation, at all levels of physical activity.

"The women will be able to choose two of the following sessions: basic archery skills; introduction to panfishing; kayaking basics; introduction to reading the woods; introduction to shotgun shooting and hunting; basic wilderness survival; and introduction to handgun shooting and hunting," said BOW state coordinator Lynne Hawk.

The cost for the one-day workshop is $50, and there are discounted slots available for low-income participants, single parents and college students. The workshop is restricted to 100 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about BOW or how you can register, visit or contact Susan Harrass at 561-625-5122 or

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