Whether it's a newly single mom wanting to do things with her kids or a farmer's daughter who wants to take her skills to the next level, the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has attracted all kinds in the 20 years it has been in existence.
“20 years ago,” says field education coordinator Mitch Ingold, “the amount of outdoor recreation by men and the amount by women was a lot different. Men were predominantly the gender that did the most outdoor activity.”
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Ingold says workshop weekends like one – already full – coming up at Pere Marquette State Park are filled with success stories of participants becoming more comfortable and more confident, “especially with the shooting sports.”
Ingold says the program is almost entirely funded by participants' registration fees.