Outdoor Backcountry Workshops for Women in the Maple Ridge Forest – Maple Ridge News
Hunting and survival training was once considered a male domain.
The number of women graduating from the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program – run by the BC Wildlife Federation on behalf of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – has doubled in recent years.
About 2,000 women graduate each year, said federation spokesperson Randy Shore. And that’s why, he said, the federation is hosting a series of backcountry outdoor education workshops at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge that will be geared toward women.
To date, many courses in the Women Outdoors Skills and Experience Program have focused on wilderness survival and hunting skills.
Ahead, women can learn how to take great nature photos on their cellphones, learn basic map and compass navigation, and prepare small game.
With the course, Michael Major, Outdoor Instructor with the Wildlife Federation, who developed and now teaches the Outdoor Safety Workshop and Map and Compass, saw a great opportunity to pass on his knowledge to safe outdoor recreation, which he says is rarely pursued. century.
“Programs like the Women Outdoors Skills and Experience program are essential because they provide a safe and inclusive environment in which female students feel comfortable and, in doing so, develop life skills and confidence that they can build on. during their outdoor activities,” he noted. .
UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Education Coordinator Victoria Farahbakhchian said she was happy to host the programs, adding that she truly values education.
Doug Forsdick, chief conservation officer of the BC Conservation Officer Service, stressed the importance of being prepared.
“As conservation officers who spend countless hours outdoors, we know the importance of being prepared and knowledgeable when out in the backcountry. Outdoor skills are essential to ensuring a safe and enjoyable recreational experience – and could one day save your life,” said Forsdick.
“Having the right equipment, safety and planning experience is essential. The men and women in our agency undergo training for similar skills, such as wilderness survival. We support programs that teach such practical skills and hope that these courses will help provide interested women with opportunities to learn this expertise,” he added.
The next workshop in the Research Forest will be Capturing Nature on Your Cell Phone, a four-hour workshop with Vancouver-based professional photographer Paula Wallis where students will learn the basics of composition, lighting, focus and distance for stunning photos.
A guest speaker from the Invasive Species Council of BC will also share interesting things attendees might encounter while walking through the forest and explain the importance of reporting invasive species in BC.
This workshop will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. on May 28 at 14500 Silver Valley Rd., Maple Ridge.
In November, women can sign up for the Outdoor Safety and Introduction to Map and Compass workshop where participants will learn how to plan their trip, what to bring and what equipment they should have. The second part of the workshop will teach basic map reading and compass navigation.
Introduction to Basic Small Game Prep, a three-hour workshop to teach attendees how to prep, process and butcher the game has yet to be announced.
To learn more about the program or to register for a course, go to bcwf.bc.ca/women-outdoors-program.
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