During Mary McMullen’s tenure as the Town of Payson trails and outdoor recreation coordinator, she enthusiastically encouraged participation in the Women’s Step Outside Program, saying it was a “really good program” brimming with activities.
Held around Payson about three years ago, the program included rifle and archery shooting at the Jim Jones Shooting Range, a fishing clinic at Green Valley Park, a guided naturalist hike on Payson Area Trail System (PATS) trails, campfire cooking lessons and building an outdoor camp.
Following McMullen’s resignation, the program was discontinued locally, but a similar one is being jump-started by Kimberlee Kreuzer of the Arizona Wildlife Federation.
To be held Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2013 at the Saguaro Lake Ranch, the event will be much like what was held in Payson.
Kreuzer says classes will be offered in fishing, hunting, tracking and desert survival. Also, there will be sessions in hiking, geocaching, birding and outdoor photography. The sponsors are also making available a horseback trail ride through the Tonto National Forest near Saguaro Lake. A Dutch oven class will prepare evening meals, which will be followed by presentations from Wildman Phil and his cast of desert critters, stargazing by the East Valley Astronomy Club and wildlife expert Tice Supplee on javelina.
Supplee has been a leader in Arizona conservation for almost 30 years and was formerly the game branch chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
For more information about Becoming an Outdoor Woman or to enroll, call Kreuzer at (480) 644-0077.