Becoming an Outdoors-Woman offers winter getaway: MI

Article Posted: January 13, 2004

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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman offers winter getaway

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program today announced an idea for any woman suffering from the winter blahs – a getaway Feb. 20-22 at the R. A. MacMullan Conference Center located on the shores of beautiful Higgins Lake.

“This three-day weekend workshop is a great way for women to learn new outdoor activities, improve their existing skills and enjoy the company of other women who appreciate the beauty of winter,” said Lynn Marla, DNR BOW Coordinator.

The MacMullan Conference Center is surrounded by mature pines and hardwoods, and the comfortable facilities offer a true “up north” feeling, and yet is very easily accessed from US-27. The grounds include many marked trails and an opportunity for exploring.

This workshop for women, 18 and older, offers classes in outdoor photography, winter survival, cast iron cooking, working with birch bark, winter rafting on the Sturgeon River, and an all-day session on Michigan elk where participants hike or snowshoe into elk country to view the herd on its winter range. Other classes include journaling, backpacking, ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

The $175 registration fee covers lodging, meals and instruction. Enrollment is limited, so register as soon as possible. The registration form is available on the DNR Web site at, or contact Nancy Thurston at 810-392-2111.

Many other outdoor programs for women are scheduled this year across Michigan. To learn more about this program or additional opportunities, contact Lynn Marla at 517-241-2225, or e-mail

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