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ODNR launches new Ohio Women's Outdoor Adventures weekend PDF Print E-mail

COLUMBUS – Register and come be a part of the inaugural Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend. This new Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) sponsored event will blend boating and paddle sport skills with numerous outdoor education and athletic activities.

“ODNR is eager to offer this new opportunity that encourages the women of Ohio to get out and experience a number of exciting outdoor and water activities,” said ODNR director James Zehringer. “The Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend provides women a weekend away where they can relax and enhance their outdoor recreational skills.”

The weekend will take place Aug. 22-24, at the newly remodeled Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center in the southeastern Ohio town of Glouster. Burr Oak State Park Lodge blends the modern conveniences found at resort accommodations with the wilderness spirit that surrounds its scenic location. The 2,593-acre park offers a stunning lake, wooded hills and valley farms.

Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures is open to all women, including girls 12 or older who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The workshops focus on a variety of outdoor skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to improve their skills in kayaks and canoes, operate and trailer a powerboat or try the latest watersport–-stand-up paddleboarding.

Other activities include archery, geocaching, fishing, outdoor photography, bird watching basics, tree trivia, jon boat handling and stream quality monitoring, as well as optional activities such as bonfires, night hikes, astronomy, evening canoe trips and a BB gun range.

A registration fee of $195 per person covers all workshops, plus two nights of lodging (choose from resort lodge suites or cottages), five meals and snacks. The program is first-come, first-served and is limited to 80 participants. Registration ends Friday, Aug. 1, for the weekend program hosted by the ODNR Division of Watercraft.

For more information, registration and a schedule of events, visit the event webpage at watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/owoa or contact Valerie Cox at 614-265-6652 or valerie.cox@dnr.state.oh.us.