Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Multi-Course Workshop
Who this is for: Women ages 21 and over who want to learn a variety of outdoor skills.
The 2018 multi-course will be held at the Grizzly Ranch Conservation Education Center in the Suisun Marsh, south of Fairfield. It is a beautiful place to learn basic outdoor skills and receive hands-on training and experience in several outdoor activities.
Skills include archery, basic spincast fishing, map and compass, shotgun shooting, kayaking, art classes and more. Workshop instructors are certified in their field and include professional biologists, hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts, all specializing in providing exceptional training for women. Registration covers instruction, equipment and supplies (see course list for details, a fishing license is required for open water fishing), three days and two nights of dorm-style lodging, seven fabulous home cooked meals, two evening programs and entertainment, raffles, merchandise and MORE.
Two lodging options:
Indoor, dorm-style lodging on bunk beds and cots with indoor restrooms- $300 plus a new or slightly used gear item for our silent auction (limited spots available)
Bring your own camping equipment or trailer -$250 plus a new or slightly used gear item for our silent auction (unlimited spots available!)
Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group discounts available!
Deadline to register is April 20.
(Choose 1 per session, itinerary subject to change)
Session I Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A. Hunter Education Certification
In an effort to raise safety and conservation awareness, California’s first hunter education law was enacted in 1954. California requires hunter education training for those who have never held a California hunting license, who do not have a hunter education certificate, or who do not have a hunting license from another state or province issued within the past two years. Our class is taught by certified instructors, all dedicated to keeping hunting safe, ethical and available to all Californians. An online home study course is a required prerequisite.
B. Beginning Fishing
Participants will learn about fish habits and habitat, the basics of casting, tying knots and how to pick lures and equipment for striped bass fishing. Use this knowledge to fish, first in our controlled ponds, then in Montezuma Slough. Finish up the class by learning to prepare your fish for the table, then cook and enjoy it! Equipment is provided. Fishing license required.
C. Watercraft in the Marsh – Kayaking and Boat Driving
This is a class devoted to promoting independence on the water. First, participants will learn the basics of the popular sport of kayaking. Information will include how to enter and exit the boat, safety tips, paddle strokes and other maneuvers. Participants will then be taken on a kayak tour of the Suisun Marsh for a unique perspective of this ecological wonder. Next, we will hop into our outboard motor boats to learn the basic mechanics of operating the boats we use during our waterfowl hunt program. Starting and successful running and parking of both pull start and electric start motors will be covered, as well as troubleshooting common issues faced during operation. Beginner appropriate – no advanced techniques.
D. Beginning Archery
Our own expert archers will share their expertise in a comfortable and supportive setting – helping everyone reach the bull’s eye!Participants will learn about various types of archery equipment, selection, safety, etiquette, ethics and shooting form. There will be a range set up and everyone will have an opportunity to shoot a bow. Equipment is provided.
Friday night – Dinner
Friday Evening – Tule elk tour
Join us to view the special Tule elk population that lives at the Grizzly Wildlife area. Tour will be guided by wildlife area biologists, and this will be a great opportunity for some fabulous photographs! You can only see these gorgeous beasts in a couple of places in California, don’t miss it!
Session II Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
E. Beginning Firearms Rotation
This three-part class will teach you all you need to know about shotguns and rifles. Participants will learn shotgun types/gauges and loading, shooting and cleaning fundamentals. All participants will “break a clay.” After that, you will rotate to our rifle range for some controlled short range stationary target practice. You will learn the difference between lever-action and bolt-action rifles and can shoot all day with our .22 caliber rounds. Finally, we will teach you to load and shoot a muzzle loading rifle, which is useful to open up special hunting seasons, or to make your historical reenactments more lifelike! Equipment is provided for each rotation.
F. Archery (repeat of class D).
Join our experts and learn the basics of navigation using tools such as compass, maps and gps. An essential skill, being able to orient and navigate in the wilderness can mean the difference between an enjoyable outing, and a dangerous one. You will get to practice your skills in a safe, but challenging way, and come back to camp feeling empowered and capable!
H. Watercraft in the Marsh – Kayaking and Boat Driving (Repeat of class C)
I. Sewing with Leather 101
In this course, you will learn the basics of sewing with leather with a historically accurate mountain man moccasin pattern. Learn how to draft the pattern to fit your foot size, cut pattern pieces, and sew them all together to make durable, yet remarkably supple slippers. As an added bonus, you will discuss the historical significance of moccasins to Native American tribes and then in the journey west by thousands of people. All materials included, just show up and create!
Session III Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
J. Intro to Firearms Rotation (repeat of class E)
K. Bowhunting-Certification Class
It is necessary to have your bow hunting certification to hunt in many other states and overseas. This class has the opportunity to certify you as a bow hunter through the International Bowhunter Education Program. Participants will learn about basic bow hunting equipment and techniques, such as tree stand hunting, still hunting, stalking and camouflage. Also learn about the habits and habitat of animals usually hunted by archers. There will be a range set up where you can try out a variety of archery equipment. Equipment is provided. Certification is not required, anyone can still take this class for the awesome knowledge you will gain!
L. Orienteering (Repeat of Class G)
M. Home Canning and Preserving: Jams and Jellies
Learn to preserve the vegetables you spent so much time growing! You will learn the difference between jams, jellies, conserves and preserves and how to make your own. You will learn how to select fruit, prepare it for cooking and how to safety preserve it for long-term storage. Finish off the class with some jam tasting and snacks. If you have your own equipment, bring it and we will teach you to use it. Otherwise we will have everything you need. Everyone takes home jam at the end of the day!
Saturday Night- Legislative Update with Roy Griffith
CRPA (California Rifle and Pistol Association) lobbyist Roy Griffith will talk about what’s happening in the California legislature and answer questions about gun, ammunition and hunting regulations and laws in progress.
Session IV Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Trekking Suisun Marsh – a Ground-up Approach
Join biologists and experts on a journey into our famed Suisun Marsh – the largest contiguous estuarine marsh left in the United States. You will start literally at the ground level, catching the aquatic invertebrates that feed and support every advanced level of life in the marsh. From there, trek into the marsh discussing vital and edible indigenous plant life – maybe try a few! Finally, discover the connection between the plant life and the higher order animal life with a guided nature walk. After exploring our own property, we will head out to explore the greater Suisun Marsh, learning about the management involved in keeping the marsh healthy and hiking historical Rush Ranch. Bring your binoculars, we are sure to see some amazing sites!
Lunch, Closing Ceremonies, Silent Auction, Raffle