on Apr 11, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 4602
Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer
(919) 707-0186

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 11, 2011)Becoming an Outdoors Diva is a free weeklong summer program for young women, ages 12 to 17, at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on July 11-15. The daily camp time is 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Learning to be an outdoors diva means activities like catching and cooking your own fish, shooting a bow and arrow and building a fire the old-fashioned way – no matches allowed.

This is the first year for the program, modeled on Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, an international program of hands-on learning and outdoors experiences sponsored in North Carolina by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

“The program is intended to build self-reliance and confidence, as well as introduce young women to a wide variety of outdoor activities,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, an educator at the center. “At the end of the week, the campers will compete in an ‘Amazing Race’ competition using their new outdoors skills.”

Additional activities scheduled include:

  • An outdoors diva style show
  • Building a shelter in the woods
  • Learning to use a map and compass
  • Identifying animal tracks and signs
  • Trapping and releasing small mammals
  • Knot tying
  • Nature journals

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is a free visitor and learning facility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, the center features interactive exhibits highlighting Piedmont wildlife species and habitats.

To learn more about Becoming an Outdoors Diva or to register, contact Obernuefemann at kelsey.obernuefemann@ncwildlife.org or (919) 707-0202.