Women's Outdoor Retreat
September 9-11, 2016
*REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN LATE JUNE*
The Women’s Outdoor Retreat is a weekend event designed for women to experience nature and outdoor recreation with like-minded ladies in a non-competitive environment. Nature walks, kayaking, fishing, outdoor cooking, and basket-making are just a few of the nearly 30 classes from which to choose.
The Retreat is presented by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, and sponsored by Cabela's Outdoor Fund and Hickory Knob State Resort Park. We are pleased to also have the support of several outfitters and organizations including the Little River Blueways, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC State Parks, Stone Point Archery, Palmetto Living History Association, Lake Thurmond Sail & Power Squadron, Earth Connection Outfitters, Get Your Gear On, Adventure Carolina, Savannah Lakes Village, Berkeley County Blueways, Palmetto Paddlers, and River Runner Outdoor Center. These partnerships enable us to provide a wide variety of activities conducted by a diverse group of expert instructors. A special thank you is due to the numerous individual volunteers who so willingly donate their time to share their knowledge and expertise.
LOCATION: Headquarters is Hickory Knob State Resort Park - 1591 Resort Drive, McCormick, SC. The park is located about 2 hours west of Columbia, SC. The closest airport is located in Augusta, GA.
AGE GUIDELINES: Open to females age 16 and older (no maximum age).
TIME: The Retreat will open for check-in at 11:30 am on Friday, September 9th. The first class begins at 1:30 pm on Friday, and the last class concludes at noon on Sunday the 11th.
REGISTRATION: The fee is $100 per person, and covers instruction and most materials (some classes have an extra materials fee of $5 per class).
REFUNDS: 90% of registration fees will be refunded when requested in writing or by email at least 3 weeks/21 days prior to the Retreat. 50% of registration fees will be refunded 5-21 days before retreat.
T-SHIRTS: The commemorative t-shirts for this year's Retreat will be only $10 each if ordered with the registration form (all sizes). You are encouraged to order yours with the registration form because quantities printed will be determined by the number that are reserved in advance. Even though a few extra t-shirts are printed, we will probably sell out. Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Please advise if another size is needed and we will try to accommodate.
FOOD: Meals will be available at the park restaurant for a separate cost. More details will be provided in confirmation letter before event.
OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Hickory Knob’s accommodations include motel rooms and cabins (details below). Camping is also available. You are encouraged to stay at the park in order to enjoy the full experience and the camaraderie of the other participants. Please call Hickory Knob at: 1-800-491-1764 to make lodging arrangements. Be sure to tell them you are with the Women’s Outdoor Retreat.
2016 Hickory Knob State Park Lodging Rates are as follows:
Hotel Room - $170.21 for two nights, includes taxes and fees, includes 2 double beds and private bathroom. All rooms have satellite TV, coffee pot (coffee provided each day) and phone; some rooms also include small fridge, microwave, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.
Cabin - $237.17 for two nights, includes taxes and fees, includes kitchen with refrigerator and stove/oven, living room with sofa (they are no longer sleepers) and bedroom with 2 double beds, private bath. Also includes 2 satellite TVs, coffee pot (bring coffee – they will have some in there) and phone. If you plan on cooking, you might want to bring your own cookware, etc. They have a fry pan and a pot, basic plates, bowls etc. They do not provide sharp knives.
Campsites in park campground - $22.25 per night, electricity & water at each site. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers. All sites accommodate RV's up to 30 feet, 21 of which are waterfront. Tent camping is also permitted. *please note that campground is approx. 2 miles from Retreat headquarters and meeting rooms*
Cullars Inn, Lincolnton, GA - (706) 359-6161 - http://www.thecullarsinn.com/
Elijah Clark State Park - 800-864-7275 - http://www.gastateparks.org/ElijahClark
Rental properties - http://www.homeaway.com
Savannah Lakes - (864) 391-3477 - http://www.savannahlakesmarina.com
QUESTIONS: Please contact Sara Green through email by clicking here, or by phone at (803) 609-4778.