Cedar Rapids, IA – A unique program that introduces 12- to 15-year-old girls to the fun of the outdoors is being offered three times this summer.
The 3-day, 2-night Outdoor Journey for Girls teaches girls canoeing and water safety, basic orienteering, fish and wildlife identification, firearm safety and basic shooting, camping and outdoor survival, fishing and more. Programs are offered June 17-19 at the Conservation Education Center at Springbrook State Park, north of Guthrie Center; July 7-9 at Black Hawk County Conservation Board’s Hickory Hills Park, near Dysart; and Aug. 5-7, at Springbrook. Spots fill quickly so early registration is recommended. The $125 registration fee covers food, lodging and equipment use. Pheasants Forever is a sponsor and local chapters often provide scholarships to help offset the cost for attendees. For a brochure, registration form and more information, go to . Outdoor Journey for Girls has introduced more than 2,000 girls to the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. Girls are taught by Iowa DNR conservation officers, biologists and staff, county conservation board naturalists, and representatives from other agencies like the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa State University. MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Lancaster, Coordinator, Outdoor Journey for Girls, 319-231-4471. http://www.iwinr.com/#!outdoor-journey-for-girls/cy94
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