For more than 15 years, DNREC Department of Fish and Wildlife's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program has been redefining how to share the traditions of outdoor activities.
Program Coordinator Tess Belcher said the purpose of the program is to carry on traditions in a new way by giving women the tools and knowledge to pass on outdoor activities, like hunting, fishing and hiking, to the next generation.
"Many hunting, fishing and outdoor activities are rooted in tradition. You might have a father, an uncle, a grandfather who takes the kids out and they grow up with that," Belcher said. "Historically, women did not get the same sort of schooling through families. This is an opportunity for them to try something traditionally enjoyed by men."
This year's 16th annual B.O.W. program will be held at Killens Pond State Park in Felton this Friday through Sunday, and will offer various programs and workshops offering instruction on hunting, archery, fishing, canoeing, backpacking, hiking and outdoor cooking and food preparation.
Dupont Nature Center Manager Dawn Webb, who coordinated the program from 1999 to 2007, will be running the program's outdoor cooking workshop, which will cover how to take a fish from boat to the table.
"The Dupont Nature Center covers fisheries and angling and I will be teaching a segment on fish, how to filet and prepare them properly while outside camping with the family," Webb explained. "We always touch on safety, how to properly lay a fire and take care of nature resources, proper care of what you harvest and respect of the animal."
Webb said her segment, and the entire program, not only offers an opportunity to learn something new, but also to gain knowledge in wildlife management, environmental resources and safety.
"The basic goal of the program is to give women the opportunity to pursue outdoor recreation," Webb said. "There's just an array of outdoor activities for women to enjoy. It's been a proven program that has worked well nationwide."