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, Calm Water Kayak Tours, Lake Thurmond Sail & Power Squadron, Adventure Carolina, Palmetto Paddlers, River Runner Outdoor Center, Savannah Lakes Village, Earth Connection Outfitters, and Savannah River Ecology Lab. 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.
DATES: September 19-21, 2014
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. Directions to the park can be found here.
AGE GUIDELINES: Open to females age 16 and older.
TIME: Registration will open at 11:00 am on Friday. The first class begins at 1:30 pm on Friday, and the last class concludes at noon on Sunday.
REGISTRATION: The fee is $90 per person. Online registration with a credit card will also be available at www.scwf.org.
DEADLINES: To ensure your participation, registration should be received at least one month before event. Registration forms received after that date will be accepted on a space-available basis.
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 0-21 days before retreat.
CLASSES: Registration forms will be available in early summer 2014. You will be assigned to as many of your choices as possible – a minimum of six (6) and up to eight (8) workshops. Most classes last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, but some last 4 hours.
OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Hickory Knob’s accommodations include motel rooms and cabins. 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. Rooms are expected to sell out – reserve yours early!
2014 Lodging Rates are as follows:
Hotel Room - $89.21 per night, 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 - $107.57 per night, includes kitchen with refrigerator and stove/oven, living room with sleeper sofa, and bedroom with 2 double beds, private bath. Also includes 2 satellite TVs, coffee pot (bring your own coffee) and phone.
Campsites in park campground - $18.00 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.
FOOD: Hickory knob has a full-service restaurant serving three meals each day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are available, as well as a full menu of options. Lighter options include a soup and salad bar for lunch or dinner. The cabins have fully-equipped kitchens, but hotel rooms have no cooking facilities. Grills are not allowed in rooms. A special effort has been made to ensure that the meals are affordable and meet the dietary needs of everyone attending the retreat, including those preferring a vegetarian meal.
2013 Buffet Rates: (includes tax, tip and beverage)
Friday Dinner (Seafood buffet): $13.96
Saturday & Sunday Hot Breakfast Buffets: $9.08
Saturday Lunch Buffet (cold): $7.95
Saturday Dinner Buffet: $13.96
Soup & Salad Bar is available at Lunch or Dinner any day for $5.95 (included with full hot bar options)