New event caters to women in the outdoors

A new Women in the Outdoors event, aimed at introducing area women to outdoor activities in a friendly, laid-back, non-competitive atmosphere, is coming to Elk County on Sunday, Aug. 14 at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club. The day-long event, running from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., is being hosted by the local Wapiti Roost chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “Our program is about encouraging women to try new outdoor activities in a safe environment that makes them feel at ease,”said Brenda Valentine, NWTF spokeswoman. "This event is also an opportunity for women of all walks of life – singles, moms, daughters, young and old – to spend a day outdoors, away from home, having fun and making new friends.”A total of 13 different courses are being offered: fly fishing, archery, Turkey 101, rifle, pistol, trap, self-defense, Deer Hunting 101, plant ID, geocaching, ceramics, beekeeping and bluebird box making. Each course lasts 75 minutes, with the majority being taught by local instructors. Among the instructors are Jeff Buchheit and Kenny Schwentner who will teach fly fishing and have 80 years of experience in the sport between them both; Jeremy Gabler teaching trap; Mark and Joe Rupprecht teaching Deer Hunting 101; Mike and Peggy Haines teaching geocaching; Ed Greenawalt teaching archery; Steve Skrzypek and Don Schatz teaching pistol; Andy Schlimm teaching beekeeping; JoAnn Struble teaching ceramics; Dave and Mary Manning teaching rifle; Dave Manning teaching bluebird box making; Randy Grunthaner teaching self-defense; and NWTF Biologist Kristen Giger teaching plant ID. As part of the event, participants are required to pre-register, listing the top four courses in which they are interested in participating. Women must also list four alternate courses as well. The deadline to register is Thursday, Aug. 11. Interested participants should contact Barb Schatz at 781-7465. Additional information on the event is also available online at All participants must be at least 14 years of age.