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Outdoor camp for girls offered in Tama County this summer

Iowa Outdoors

May 11, 2014
From: Brett Reece - Iowa Conservation Officer , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A unique outdoor camp that introduces 12 to 15 year old girls to the fun of the outdoors is being offered three times this summer. The three day, two night Outdoor Journey for Girls camp teaches girls canoeing and water safety, basic orienteering, fish and wildlife identification, firearm safety and basic shooting, camping and outdoor survival, fishing and more. Camps are offered June 18-20 at the Conservation Education Center at Springbrook State Park, north of Guthrie Center, July 8-10 at Black Hawk County Conservation Board's Hickory Hills Park in Tama County, and Aug. 6-8 at Springbrook.

Camps fill quickly so early registration is recommended. The $125 registration fee covers food, lodging and equipment use. Local Pheasants Forever chapters often provide scholarships to help offset the cost for campers.

Outdoor Journey is sponsored by Iowa Women in Natural Resources, the Iowa DNR and Pheasants Forever chapters.

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Brett Reece

For a camp brochure, registration form and more information on the camps, go to

The popular Outdoor Journey for Girls camp has introduced thousands of girls to the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment.

Hunter Ed. Classes

Many hunter education classroom and online/field day courses have seats available. Classes are listed on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' website at: along with information on how to sign up. Classes can fill quickly so anyone needing to take a hunter education class is encouraged to sign up soon. A hunter education class will be offered in Dysart the third week of June.

Iowa law requires anyone born after January 1, 1972 to have successfully completed a hunter education course to purchase a hunting license. Children as young as 11 may enroll in the course, but their certificate of completion will not become valid until their 12th birthday. There is no fee associated with taking a hunter ed course in person.

The online only course for adults is designed for Iowa residents 18 years of age or older that have prior hunting and/or firearms handling experience. The course covers the same material as the classroom course, allowing the student to complete the entire course, including the final test, in an online setting. Certification is received at the successful completion of the online course.

To get started on one of the DNR's approved online Hunter Education courses, go to One of the approved course providers,, is launching a promotional safety campaign from April 25 to May 5, 2014.

There is a fee associated with the on-line hunter ed course. Students who sign up for the online course during the promo campaign, and complete the course by May 9, will save $5 off the cost of the safety course. Sign up at between April 25 and May 5, 2014.

The discount promotion is valid for both the regular field day online course (11 years old and older) and the adult online option (18 and older).



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