By Alicia Dziak

Mark your calendar for an event 18 years in the making. On Saturday, June 10, experience the great outdoors with Women in the Outdoors, presented by Springville Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

These events are held across the country using experts and trained professionals to teach outdoor skills to women and girls over 12 years of age in a non-competitive environment.

“Learn a new outdoors skill,  challenge yourself to something you might not have tried, meet new people who share the same enthusiasm for learning a new skill,” said JoAnne Bonsack, one of the event volunteers.

“(This year), we are offering new classes – Edible/Medicinal Plant Identification, Tomahawk Throwing, Emergency Preparedness and making a wind chime out of beach glass,” explained Bonsack.

Other courses include Self Defense, Archery, Air Pistol, Kayaking and Shotgun. All courses are taught by seasoned instructors/professionals.

This is a great opportunity to learn something new with friends and family. “Women can make it multi-generational…have had many moms and daughters take classes together,” noted Bonsack. “We also offer breakfast and lunch and a free tee shirt, a great auction table and lots of camaraderie and laughs!”

Sounds like fun? Don’t wait to sign up! Registration deadline is June 1.  $65 pre-registration fee includes all equipment use, all course instruction (four classes), continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, great t-shirt, NWTF membership and a one year magazine subscription.

The event will be held at the Erie County Conservation Society, located at 13319 Miller Avenue in Chaffee. For more information, contact Estelle Greene (716) 941-6775 or Becky Werchowski (716) 864-0529 (, or like them on Facebook (