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Tracey Workman

Tracey Workman

Multimedia Intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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The Trailblazing Workshop for Outdoorswomen on July 16 and 17 at the Savoy State Forest - jointly sposored by the Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) - teaches women 18 years of age and older tricks to surviving the great outdoors. Hoping to conquer your fears of becoming stranded or lost once and for all, the workshop will not only teach participants safety and survival tips for trudging through the woods, but will also give participants a chance to learn valuable camping and hiking skills.

Part of the Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW) program means confronting all the trials and tribulations nature places in your path, which is why the Trailblazing workshop will take place off-trail and lead participants on an overnight journey through rough terrain and true wilderness. Participants will also learn how to navigate using only a map and compass, how to light a fire quickly and easily, and what materials to carry with them in case of an emergency.

Previous workshops have provided women with the knowledge of basic fishing, beginning shotgun, kayaking, map and compass, reading the woods, archery, pond and stream adventures, nature photography, martial arts, outdoor and game cooking, edible plants and much more.

While no experience is necessary, the trip may be a bit challenging even for the more experienced hiker. Because the workshop intends to lead you away from man-made trails and into a world where the footing, weather, and terrain will be unpredictable, but exciting, you will need to be in good physical condition. Don’t get discouraged though. The purpose of the workshop is to teach you how to deal with these factors as a true part of true Mother Nature and will give you the confidence in returning to the unknown after the workshop is over.

If you're ready for a challenge, register now and get ready for an adventure.

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