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Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors Woman is a hands-on outdoor educational workshop that teaches basic courses to women, 18 and older, over a weekend.

In 1991, Dr. Christine L. Thomas, Professor of Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, founded the national Becoming an Outdoors Woman program to provide women opportunities to learn skills that enhance and encourage participation in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. In September 1994, LDWF offered Louisiana’s first Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. It was a sellout, and LDWF continues to hold a Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend workshop every year, offering 30 specialty courses in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities including:

  • Live-fire shotgun, rifle, and handgun classes
  • Turkey and deer management
  • Flyfishing
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Outdoor photography
  • Ecology
  • Backpacking
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Kayaking

The program does not stop with educational courses. Unity and fellowship flourish at a Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend. LDWF staff and volunteers make sure participants are well fed, entertained, and housed at one of the finest educational camps in the state—Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center in Pollock, Louisiana, just north of Alexandria.  

Becoming an Outdoors Woman is for you if you:

  • Have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn
  • Know how to do some of these activities but would like to try your hand at some new ones
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Workshop Details

  • You must be at least 18 years old to attend.
  • Check-in is from 9am to 11 am on Friday. You will sign up for four hands-on outdoor educational sessions that are 3.5 hours each and taught by LDWF personnel and qualified volunteer instructors.
  • Accommodations are dormitory-style (bunk beds) with one centrally located bathhouse. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletry items.
  • We will provide meals from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch. At night, enjoy other activities such as outdoor educational programs, bingo, bonfires, and music. If a DJ is scheduled on Friday night, they will play until 11 pm.
  • Cost: $200; scholarships are available
  • Registration: Download and mail in your registration form, with the fee, when registration opens (date TBD). We will process registrations as we receive them until all slots are filled. However, if you have attended more than three workshops (this workshop makes your fourth), we will register you in order of arrival beginning on the Wednesday morning following the opening of registration (provided space is available) unless you are bringing a first-time participant. In that case, we will register you and the new participant together when your applications arrive. Please mail both forms together if possible. Hand delivered forms will not be accepted.

 

Upcoming Workshops

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop scheduled for March 20-22, 2020, has been canceled. For more information, contact Dana Norsworthy at dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov.

Interested in more advanced outdoor educational workshops? Check out Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman.

 

"You are part of a pioneering effort to break down barriers to participation of women in outdoor activities."
-Christine L. Thomas, Ph.D., founder of Becoming an Outdoors Woman
contact
For more information, contact Dana Norsworthy at dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov or 318.345.3912.

Scholarships

Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship

One of the top female bow hunters in the South and a former LDWF employee, Liz Barthel was dedicated to promoting women and children in outdoors activities and was instrumental in establishing Louisiana’s first Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop. She continued to support each workshop until her untimely death. The Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship was established to help carry on her legacy by providing women a chance attend a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop.

  • Eligibility: Low-income women with children under age 18 are be eligible to receive the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship.
  • Details: The scholarship pays $125 of the $200 registration fee. Scholarship recipient(s) will be responsible for a $75 fee, which they will mail in with their workshop registration form.
  • Apply: You may nominate an individual or apply yourself. Please complete all sections of the scholarship application and submit via email to dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov or mail to:
    LDWF
    Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship
    Attn: Dana Norsworthy
    368 CenturyLink Drive
    Monroe, LA 71203

    We must receive your application at least two weeks before workshop registration opens.

 

Tee Wayne Abshire Memorial Scholarship

Tee Wayne was a well-known restaurant owner and caterer in South Louisiana and a five-time World Champion Jambalaya winner. He enjoyed cooking and shooting sports with his family. Tee Wayne was a staple at Becoming an Outdoors Woman as he and his team catered the program for many years. In honor of their friend, the “Bayou Sistas,” have created a scholarship in his name that will provide one participant with a $200 scholarship to pay the registration for Becoming an Outdoors Woman.

  • Eligibility: Must be interested in either shooting sports or cooking, must sign up for one or both of these classes, and must be a novice in that class.
  • Details: The scholarship pays the recipient’s entire registration fee.
  • Apply: You may nominate an individual or apply yourself. Please complete all sections of the scholarship application and submit it to:
    Kathy (Tutti) Folse
    8516 Parc Perdue Drive
    New Iberia, LA 70560

    We must receive your application at least two weeks before the workshop registration opens.
  • Donations: Kathy Folse manages all donations to the Tee Wayne Abshire Memorial Scholarship. Please make out checks to Kathy Folse, printing “Tee Wayne Abshire Memorial Scholarship” in the memo section, and mail to Kathy Folse at the above address.

 

Donate

Monetary

Becoming an Outdoors Woman is a nonprofit workshop sponsored by LDWF. The workshop relies entirely on participant registration fees and donations to operate. We greatly appreciate monetary donations.

All registration fees and donations are placed into the Becoming an Outdoors Woman account operated by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. We use these funds to purchase new equipment and supplies for 30 different classes, facility rentals and meals, entertainment, and participant “goodies.”

Please make monetary donations payable to: the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation or LWFF, and write Becoming an Outdoors Woman in the memo area. Mail your donation to:
LDWF
Attn: Dana Norsworthy
368 CenturyLink Drive
Monroe, LA 71203

Goods and Services

We also appreciate donations of outdoor equipment for classes or furnishings suitable for women’s outdoor educational workshops. We might also use your donation as:

  • A door prize for participants
  • A raffle item (note that all monies collected for raffles are spent solely on Becoming an Outdoors Woman)
  • A welcome bag item (if we receive 200 or more of an item, we place them in a welcome bag for all participants)

Please mail donations to:
LDWF
Attn: Dana Norsworthy
368 CenturyLink Drive
Monroe, LA 71203

Please place a note on or inside the box that your gift is a donation for Becoming an Outdoors Woman.

After we receive your donation, we will place your name, company, and/or organization on a list that is given to each participant at the upcoming workshop so you will receive recognition of your generous contribution.