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June 9 event designed to draw women outdoors

Activities include firearms basics, canoeing, basketry

May 20, 2012
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Women will have plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and test their skills in nature during a special event June 9.

The annual No Women Left Inside event at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area will offer a day of activities for women ages 18 and up, focusing on being outdoors.

The day will begin with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Prairie Resource Center, and participants will have the opportunity to take part in three sessions throughout the day.

For those interested in learning to shoot a gun, a handgun basics and live fire course will begin at 7:30 a.m. with Jamie Buenting, a Rockwell City police officer and firearms instructor.

A canoeing course taught by local canoeist Clark Fletcher will give participants a chance to spend time on the water learning basic canoeing maneuvers while putting their skills to the test with a canoe excursion on Brushy Creek Lake.

In a change from previous years, all canoeing instruction will take place within the park.

"Everything will be at the park this year," said Erin Ford, shared naturalist with Webster County Conservation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "We'll be out on the lake so there will be no worry on river levels."

Geocaching will be offered for those interested in getting onto the trails in search of treasures. It will be led by members of, an online group for geocaching enthusiasts.

Additional classes will include trailer backing, taught by Webster County Conservation staff; clay shooting, led by instructors from Pheasants Forever; 3-D archery, instructed by members of a local archery club; Dutch oven cooking, led by a local Boy Scout leader; and basket weaving.

Registrations are due June 1. Cost for the day is $30 and includes breakfast and lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Ford at 576-4258 or

"It's a great chance for women to get out and interact with other women with the same interests," said Ford.

Contact Emilie Nelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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