August 01, 2016

‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop’ planned

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center will be the site of a special weekend for women giving them the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor adventures.  

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop is set for Sept. 16-18 at the center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. Participants will go rock climbing, rappelling and hiking and try out Touch of Nature’s high ropes course and teams course. They can enjoy archery, canoeing, outdoor photography, leatherworking, and orienteering as well as learning first aid and firearms safety. They will also be able to do woodworking, fire guns, catch a fish, call a bird, cook over a campfire and much more in a safe, supportive, non-competitive educational environment. 

Program instructors will provide basic operational and safety information and assist as women explore outdoor recreational activities, shooting sports and outdoor crafts and hobbies. Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) participants will learn about the various activities and equipment required and also about associated clubs and organizations along with additional training opportunities that are available. 

The $230 registration fee covers two nights of lodging, meals, use of class equipment and supplies, instruction, transportation to off-site locations and give-aways. Any woman age 18 or older may participate in the workshops, sponsored in part by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Due to space limitations, organizers suggest registering by Aug. 12 to assure a spot. 

Find additional information and registration materials online at Or, to learn more, contact Mitch Ingold, BOW coordinator, at 217/782-7026 or by email at

Discover more about Touch of Nature Environmental Center and its diverse facilities, programs and services at Or, call 618/435-1121 or email