A woman takes firearms safety lessons during last year’s Outdoor Women event at the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Registration has opened for this year’s one-day event. (USFWS/Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge photo)
A woman takes firearms safety lessons during last year’s Outdoor Women event at the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Registration has opened for this year’s one-day event. (USFWS/Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge photo)
The Big Oaks Conservation Society and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will host the 13th annual Outdoor Women at the Old Timbers Lodge on the refuge on Saturday, June 10.

Registration for the event, which is required, is now open.

The one-day program for women 12-years-old and up is designed to offer opportunity to gain in-the-field skills for the outdoors. Program courses cover a variety of activities including fishing, archery, shooting sports, wilderness survival, photography, canoeing and kayaking and bird watching.

Early bird registration, before May 6, is $45 for Big Oaks Conservation Society members and $55 for non-members or $60 for a new membership at event registration. Women ages 12 to 22 are $35.

From May 7, registration is $70 and limited to the first 110 applicants.

Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration fees include a choice of four courses, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments, use of equipment and supplies and the day’s entry permit into the 50,000 acre refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Course offerings include animal husbandry, backyard pollinator habitat, beekeeping, outdoor yoga, falconry, firearm familiarity, geology, self defense, sport clay shooting, tomahawk throwing, wood working and more. Each course is scheduled to last 80 minutes.

Registration forms can be downloaded at www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks/. To receive a paper form in the mail, call the refuge office at (812) 273-0783.