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August 30, 2010

South Carolina Wildlife Federation hosts Women’s Outdoor Recreation Retreat

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) is sponsoring the 17th Edition of the Women’s Outdoor Recreation Retreat the weekend of Oct. 8-10, 2010 at Hickory Knob State Park near McCormick, SC.
           
This event is a multi-faceted opportunity for women of all ages to learn new outdoor skills and to develop a better understanding of how to use natural resources wisely in their recreation pursuits.  More than two dozen interactive, hands-on classes can be enjoyed in the company of like-minded women in a non-competitive environment.  Class options include: kayaking, skeet shooting, archery, fishing, wilderness first aid, outdoor cooking, edible plants, bird watching, and much more.
           
This year’s event will feature well-known naturalist Rudy Mancke, former host of SCETV's NatureScene, to lead the "Walk on the Wild Side."  The Retreat will also feature several sessions with history themes including a strong American Indian influence such as Native American spiritual healing techniques, and kudzu basket-making.  One class will provide the opportunity to make your own personal five-hole river cane flute.
           
The registration fee is $75 and includes all equipment and supplies. The event is made possible through the support of an enthusiastic group of volunteer instructors.  Registration forms will be accepted as long as there is space in the various classes, but you are encouraged to submit your form by Sept. 24 to ensure that you will be assigned the classes of your choice.  Lodging arrangements should be made through the park (1-800-491-1764) - lodge rooms and cabins are reserved for this retreat only through Sept. 17th.
           
For additional information on the retreat as well as a registration form, please visit the SCWF website or call (803) 256-0670.  E-mail inquiries can be addressed to sara@scwf.org.   

            The South Carolina Wildlife Federation, the state's oldest and largest membership conservation group, and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have a longtime partnership in wildlife conservation. Formed in 1931 to find ways to reverse the trend of dwindling game and fish populations and to promote outdoor ethics and stronger conservation laws, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation is still a strong proponent of its original values in addition to resolving today's pressing environmental issues.
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