Three classes that can help hone outdoor skills

Learning outdoors skills can take years of trial and error. Or, you can spend a few days with experts and learn in much less time.

The following groups are currently taking enrollment for their classes.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman — Forty-two subjects, from birding and geo-caching to wild turkey hunting and rifle marksmanship, are offered for the Sept. 24-26 workshop at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City.

Women enroll in four half-day, hands-on classes. Class sizes are kept small and taught by some of Kansas' top experts.

New this year is that first-time participants receive priority placement in classes until June 1.

The cost is $180, which includes lodging, meals and all the needed materials. Information and applications can be found at www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Vonderschmidt can be reached at kansasbow@sbcglobal.net.

Kids fishing — Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staffers will be teaching two-day children's fishing clinics.

Jessica Mounts, program director, said the classes are designed for kids 5-12, though any age can come. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Classes will be taught at Island Pond near the Great Plains Nature Center.

Mounts said the first class will teach children and adults such basics as baiting hooks, unhooking and identifying the catch. The second class deals with fishing techniques.

Classes are free with all equipment furnished and run 9-11:30 a.m. Sessions are May 25-June 1, June 22-29, July 13-20 and Aug. 3-10. Classes will be limited to 20 children. Pre-registration is required.

To register or get more information call 316-683-8069.

Adult sailing — The American Red Cross is sponsoring sailing classes for those 14 and older.

Each program includes classes three weeknights at the Red Cross Center, 1900 E. Douglas and all day the following Saturday and Sunday at Cheney Lake.

Kent Carter, program director, said the course includes basic boat handling skills, sailing terminology, knot tying, sailing theory and water and small craft safety.

The cost is $100, which includes all materials and equipment.

Sessions begin June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15 and July 29. For information call 316-219-4060 or go to www.midwaykansas.redcross.org.