A unique outdoor experience that introduces girls ages 12 to 15 to the fun of the outdoors is being offered three times this summer.

Over three days and two nights, 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.

Dates for Outdoor Journey are:

  • June 19-21

Conservation Education Center at Springbrook State Park, north of Guthrie Center

  • July 9-11

Hickory Hills Park, near Dysart

  • Aug. 7-9

Springbrook Conservation Education Center

Sessions fill quickly so early registration is recommended. The $125 registration fee covers food, lodging and equipment use. As sponsors of Outdoor Journey, local Pheasants Forever chapters often provide scholarships to help offset the cost for girls to attend.

For an Outdoor Journey brochure, registration form and more information, go to www.iowadnr.gov/Education/CampsWorkshops/OutdoorJourneyforGirls.aspx.

Outdoor Journey for Girls has introduced 2,000 girls to the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. Sessions are taught by Iowa DNR conservation officers, biologists and staff, county conservation board naturalists, and representatives from other agencies like the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa State University.

Logo courtesy Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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