Women's Outdoor Retreat
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 sponsored by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. We are pleased to have the support of several outfitters and organizations including the Little River Blueways, SC Department of Natural Resources, Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail Commission, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Lake Thurmond Sail & Power Squadron, Earth Connection Outfitters, Adventure Carolina, Palmetto Paddlers, Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS) 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.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR INSTRUCTORS AND VOLUNTEERS!
ARCHERY - Jerry Garvin, Clyde Estell, Josh Parry (Stone Point Archery)
BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT - Sara Green
BIRDING - George Apthorp
CANOEING - Rock Garick (and Adventure Carolina for canoes & equipment)
FISH CLEANING & COOKING - Bernie & Alice Clegg (and Leo Rose & Lane Hite, DNR, for providing fish)
FLY FISHING – Frank Bush
FRESHWATER FISHING —Bernie & Alice Clegg (and Lorianne Riggin, DNR, for fishing equipment)
GEOCACHING - Michele VanPatten
JOY-FUL EXPRESSION - Joy Goodman
KAYAKING INTRO - Edye Joyner & Karen Kustafik (and Adventure Carolina & Palmetto Paddlers)
KUDZU BASKETRY - Nancy Basket
LAKE THURMOND PADDLE* – Andrea Turpin, Kyle Altman, Dan Turpin, Trae West, and Clark Smith.
LITTLE RIVER KAYAK TRIP* - Karen Kustafik, Kyle Altman, Dan Turpin, Trae West
MAP & COMPASS READING - Penny Ginn
NATURE FITNESS - Wendell Arsi & Stacy Grajewski
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - Sally Taylor
NATURE SPA - Beth Rivers, and helpers Dana Pfiefer, Emma Williams, Harley Carpenter, Allison Pedersen, Sara Pedersen, Taylor Pedersen.
OUTDOOR COOKING - Sandy Rankin
PADDLEBOARDING - Jimmie Smith, Earth Connection Outfitters, and Jesse Koch, River Runner Outdoor Center
PRIMITIVE TOOLS - Sean Taylor, SC Dept of Natural Resources
SAILING - Chuck Bell, Lake Thurmond Sail & Power Squadron
SKEET SHOOTING & FIREARMS SAFETY - Hubert Cox & Ed Prater, Clemson Extension 4H program
SURVIVAL SKILLS - Jeff Gottlieb, Nantahala Outdoor Center
TENNIS - Howard Green
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - Corey BeVier, Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS)
WILDLIFE SIGNS – Christopher Baldwin
YOGA - Marilyn Schulman & Gail Crouch
EVENT CO-CHAIRS - Dan Turpin & Sara Green, SCWF
Additional behind-the-scenes helpers:
Harley Carpenter, SCWF
A HUGE THANKS TO ALL!!!
WE WILL BEGIN PLANNING THE 2015 EVENT SOON, and will post details here as soon as they are available.