- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois program to help women become outdoors enthusiasts will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month.

The “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshop will be Sept. 26 to 28 at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton.

Thousands of women have participated during the past two decades in the Department of Natural Resources’ program offering two dozen classes.

Officials say the past six workshops - during the past three years - have reached full participation of 85 registrants.

The program provides “introductory experiences” for women in various outdoor activities, from shooting sports to nature crafts and skills.

Instructors emphasize the basics while providing needed equipment.

Participants may sign up for four classes during each three-day workshop.

Officials say that instructors provide a safe, supportive, and non-competitive environment.

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Online: https://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Bow/index.htm

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