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Workshop teaches outdoors skills for women

Women can hike to spectacular views of autumn colors and Lake Superior on the horizon during a workshop through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" program.

Getting to that view includes 330 feet of elevation gain on the Superior Hiking Trail — the kind of challenge known well to Jo Swanson, trail development director for the SHT Association and the keynote speaker.

"One of my themes is empowerment — learning to overcome fears of adventuring in the outdoors," Swanson said.

The outdoor skills workshop is Sept. 14-16 at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland. Session topics include Ojibwe heritage, Voyageurs, archery, canoeing and more.

The workshop is designed for women ages 18 and up, but girls ages 14-17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Visit for more information and to register.