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Ohio DNR Launches New Outdoor Adventures Weekend for Women

The Outdoor Adventures Weekend in Ohio looks like it will be a blast.

This coming August, Ohio’s women will have the chance to be part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) inaugural Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend.

This new ODNR-sponsored event will combine a variety of different outdoor education and athletic events with a focus on boating and paddle sports.

The event, taking place from August 22-24, 2014, is open to all women 12 years of age and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A recent renovation to the Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center in the southeastern town of Glouster, Ohio, will make it the perfect setting for this event. Surrounded by 2,593 acres of wilderness, this location will provide participants with a true feeling of getting away from it all.

“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 on the official news release. “The Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend provides women a weekend away where they can relax and enhance their outdoor recreational skills.”

Women who participate in this event will have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of different skills including kayaking/canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, operating and trailering a power boat, and jon boat handling. In addition to those aquatic-based skills, participants will also have the chance to try their hand at other activities such as fishing, outdoor photography, and geocaching. There will also be some optional events like astronomy, birding and bonfires for all to enjoy.

Registration for this event is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to 80 participants. The registration fee of $195 includes all workshops, two nights of lodging, five meals, and snacks. Registration ends on August 1, 2014, so if you are interested in taking part in this program being run by the Ohio Division of Watercraft, now would be the time to commit.

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For more information, including a schedule of events, and to register, visit the event’s webpage here or contact Valerie Cox at 614-265-6652 or valerie.cox@dnr.state.oh.us.

Pass this along to any women in your life who have an interest in the Ohio outdoors or are looking to learn more about it.

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Ohio DNR Launches New Outdoor Adventures Weekend for Women