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02/10/2012

Pennsylvania chapters team up, win national outdoors awards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The volunteers who comprise the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial and Walking Purchase Chapters of the NWTF are committed to introducing women to the outdoors.

As volunteers of the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors outreach program, the two Lehigh County, Pa.-based chapters joined forces to educate and form friendships by extending an invitation to women in their community to enjoy the great outdoors at ladies-only Women in the Outdoors events.

For hosting an exceptional Women in the Outdoors event, the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial and Walking Purchase Chapters won the Most Improved Event Award at the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville. Both chapters' commitment and dedication also earned the Runner-up Best Local Membership Achievement Award. Together, these chapters excelled in fundraising and membership, allowing the NWTF to continue its conservation and outreach efforts in the Keystone state.

"We're extremely proud of each volunteer involved with the JZ Memorial/Walking Purchase Chapters," said Teresa Carroll, Women in the Outdoors coordinator. "Their commitment to educating women in their community about the value and joy of the outdoors is impressive and worthy of these awards."

The NWTF is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to help provide outdoor opportunities to women in the Keystone State. The Pennsylvania Game Commission recognizes a high interest level in the outdoors among women in the state and wants to provide more opportunities to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.

At Women in the Outdoors events, participants can try a variety of outdoor activities including shooting, archery, outdoor survival, self-defense, canoeing, hiking and more. Friendly instructors teach classes and seminars to participants of all skill levels. Some events consist of group hunts that are led by experienced guides who mentor participants.

Since 1998, NWTF volunteers have worked through the Women in the Outdoors program to share the outdoor tradition by providing expert instruction and hands-on education through events designed for women. During its inaugural year, Women in the Outdoors hosted 18 events. Today, the program has held nearly 4,000 events across North America.

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and upland habitat and preserving our hunting heritage.

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.

To learn more about the NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org


2012 Convention Sponsors:

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Benelli, Big Tex Trailer, Bird Dog and Whitetail Whiskey, Browning, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Marlin Firearms, MidwayUSA, Mossy Oak, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, O.F. Mossberg, Remington Arms Company, Inc., Barronett Blinds, Titan UTV, Winchester/Olin Corporation, U.S. Sportsman's Alliance, Weatherby and Wild Turkey Bourbon

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