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  • 14 Jan 2023 12:11 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    We're going to check out two locations at Mason Neck in Northern Virginia in search of winter waterfowl and other winged creatures on Saturday morning, January 28.

    First, we'll meet at Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge for an out-and-back walk (about 1.5 miles total) along a paved trail to an overlook in hopes of seeing bald eagles, tundra swans and other wintering waterfowl.

    Next, we'll  head over to the Visitor Center at Mason Neck State Park and hike about two miles through woodlands with excellent views of the Potomac River. We'll look for more waterfowl as well as any other little birdies that catch our eyes along the trail.

    There is a $10 parking fee (honor system) at Mason Neck State Park.

    To increase our chances of seeing lots of birds, no doggies on this hike.

    Registration closes on Thursday, Jan. 26 or if we reach 20 participants, whichever comes first. This activity will be cancelled In the event of rain or extreme cold; all registrants will be notified.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.

    Click on this link to register for Double the Birding at Mason Neck.
  • 13 Dec 2022 1:38 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Here at Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic we hope that one of your New Year's resolutions will be to nurture your nature and join us on some of our many adventures in 2023. We have a wonderful variety of activities planned for January through August.

    If you're already a member of Women Outdoors, thank you! We wouldn't be here without you. If you're not yet a WO member, you're invited to attend two of our events to check things out. On your third event, we'll ask you to join us. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link. (Some of our favorite events, like camping and our movie night, are open to WO members only. Just sayin'.)

    Mark these dates on your calendar and stay tuned for more information.

    • January 7 - Bald eagle watch at Conowingo Dam - Darlington, MD
    • January 10 - Volunteer for mid-winter eagle survey at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - Cambridge, MD
    • January 28 - Birding walk at Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge - Fairfax County, VA
    • February 25 - Mid-winter potluck and movie night - location TBD. WO members only
    • March 5 - Doggie walk at Downs Park - Pasadena, MD
    • April 1 - April Fools Day bike ride - location TBD
    • April 29 - Birding walk at Huntley Meadows Park - Fairfax County, VA
    • May 19-21 - Camping trip with hiking and possible kayaking - location in Pennsylvania TBD. WO members only.
    • June 3 - WO Mid-Atlantic's 14th anniversary celebration with a hike and picnic - location TBD.
    • June 17 - Kayaking at Mason Neck - Fairfax County, VA
    • July 15 - Kayaking at Tuckahoe State Park - Queen Anne, MD
    • August 24-27 - Women Outdoors 43rd Annual National Gathering - near Albany, NY. WO members only.

    See you in the outdoors.

    Kathleen and Becky

    Regional Contacts

    Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic

    Nurture your nature

  • 28 Nov 2022 7:56 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
    Hoppy Holidays, everyone! We're heading to Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore for a hike and hops.

    First, the hike:  We'll hike about 4 miles at Tuckahoe State Park. Tuckahoe Creek, named for the arrow arum, a sturdy wetland plant also called "tuckahoe," runs through the heart of this park. The wooded wetlands have defined this land for centuries and offer a glimpse back in time. The wetlands are home to a variety of songbirds and amphibians.

    Our hike will be mostly flat along Tuckahoe Creek and around the edges of Adkins Arboretum. Doggies are welcome but must be kept on leash at all times.

    Next, the hops: On our way back home, we'll stop by Ten Eyck Brewing Company for an apres-hike beer. If it's warm enough, we can picnic in the beer garden; if not, we'll sit in the taproom. Ten Eyck is owned by a team of women veterans and first responders. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed in the beer garden and taproom.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.

    Click on this link to register.

  • 17 Nov 2022 3:37 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Hi everyone,

    I am thrilled to announce that Becky has agreed to be co-Regional Contact (RC) for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors.

    Becky is a lifelong outdoorswoman with wide and deep experience. In 1992, Becky through-hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) and more than lived up to her trail name, Surefoot. She has organized and led outdoor adventure trips for the Girl Scouts, canoeing trips in Algonquin, Canada, and backpacking trips on the AT and in WV. Becky has also bicycle camped the Great Allegheny Passage and C & O Towpath, a journey of 185 miles.

    Becky has been an active Women Outdoors MId-Atlantic member since 2019, attending three consecutive Women Outdoors National Gatherings, the National WO Cross-Country Ski Event in Craftsbury, VT, and dozens of Mid-Atlantic activities.

    Becky has also led several hikes as well as kayaking and camping trips for the WO Mid-Atlantic region. This past summer after two years of covid delays, Becky organized and led a Women Outdoors 10-day service trip to Peru followed by a trek to Machu Picchu.

    Becky and I look forward to being your co-RCs.

    See you in the outdoors!


    Co-Regional Contact

    Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic

    Nurture your nature

  • 05 Nov 2022 7:36 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Hope you've been enjoying the spectacular pageant of color put on by Mother Nature these past few weeks. Absolutely amazing!

    We have some fun activities coming up in November and December 2022. Save these dates and stay tuned:

    • Sunday, November 13 - Hike at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA with an optional stop afterwards at The Apple House in Linden, VA for a late lunch/early dinner and their famous apple butter cinnamon donuts.
    • Friday, November 25 - #OptOutside hike along the Rachel Carson Greenway in Brookeville, MD. Several years ago, REI took the unprecedented step of closing all of their stores on Black Friday and encouraging everyone to #OptOutside and enjoy nature instead. We'll do just that with this hike. (Full disclosure - Your friendly RC works part-time at the REI in Washington DC.)
    • Sunday, December 4 - Zoom planning meeting for 2023 Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic events. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for an online planning meeting in the comfort of your own home.
    • Saturday, December 10 - Hike TBD.

    Watch this space for more details and the links to register for all of these events.

    See you in the outdoors!

  • 13 Jun 2022 6:01 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Merrell Shoe Demo Day

    The Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors is thrilled to team up with Merrell for a very special event at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD on Saturday, July 9, 2022.

    When it comes to hiking, your most important piece of equipment is your footwear. Proper hiking shoes or boots make all the difference in the world between a winning day on the trail or misery of da feet. (Ouch, sorry!)

    A field marketing specialist for Merrell will join us and will bring several pairs of demo Merrell hiking shoes for folks to try out on the trail. Don't miss this great opportunity to field test some Merrells.

    Our hike for this event will be different from our usual fare. While testing the Merrells, we'll probably just walk along a short nature loop and possibly a slightly longer spur trail. This will be an easy walk in the woods.

    After the hike, the Merrell rep will raffle off a very generous Merrell gift card to one lucky hiker. He'll also bring Merrell swag for everyone who attends. (Longtime Mid-Atlantic members of Women Outdoors know how much we love raffles and swag.)

    Bring a brown bag lunch for a picnic after the demo event. If folks are up for it, we can do another short hike after lunch.

    This activity is free and open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now  by clicking on this Join Us link.

    Click here to register for Merrell Meets the Mid-Atlantic Region.

  • 01 Jun 2022 5:18 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Hard to believe, but we're now officially a tween! Founded in June 2009, the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors is now 13.

    Join us as we celebrate our 13th anniversary of outdoor fun and friendship at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD on Saturday, June 4.

    Our region will lead a hike that morning, but other activities you can do on your own or with a friend include biking and boating.

    Hike - Join us at 10:00 a.m. for a 3.7-mile group hike around Clopper Lake. Of course if you just want to come for the picnic and skip the hike, that's fine, too.

    Bike - Bring your road bike and cruise around the park or your mountain bike and check out the trails in the Schaeffer Farm area.

    Boat - Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddle boats are all available to rent at the Seneca Creek Boat Center. You can also bring your own boat and launch it at the Boat Center.

    We’ve reserved a picnic pavilion for the entire day. After the hike, we'll fire up the grill for burgers and hot dogs. BYOburger, hot dog, not dog, veggie burger or grillable item of your choice as well as a side dish or dessert to share. We'll provide watermelon for everyone. Also bring your own mess kit, utensils and trash bag to carry out your trash and recyclables.

    This activity is free (except for park entry fee) and open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now  by clicking on this Join Us link.

    Click on this link for more information and to register for the celebration.

    Hope to see you on June 4th!
  • 03 Jan 2022 10:17 AM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Join us as we watch for bald eagles and other waterfowl at Conowingo Dam on Saturday, January 22, 2022, and then take a hike on the beautiful Susquehanna Heritage Trail. The parking lot area at the dam usually provides outstanding views.

    We'll eat lunch after eagle watching and before our hike. Bring a brown bag lunch; the trip leader will provide hot drinks for everyone. After lunch, we'll enjoy an easy out-and-back hike of about an hour on the Susquehanna Heritage Trail. Sorry, no doggies on this hike.

    This activity will be canceled in the event of rain or snow. In case of local flooding conditions, the dam area may be closed, affecting viewing. The trip leader will advise ahead of time.

    Conowingo Dam is north of Baltimore in Harford County, MD. Allow at least two hour's drive time from the Washington DC metro area.

    This activity is free and open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now  by clicking on this Join Us link.
  • 02 Nov 2021 3:13 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    The Mid-Atlantic Region is visiting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Park and Visitor Center on Maryland's Eastern Shore on November 16, 2021.

    A state park ranger will give us a brief overview of the hidden symbolism of the park and visitor center and introduce us to the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman before we start our self-guided tour of the visitor center.

    From the park website: "The 17-acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center invites visitors to experience Tubman’s world through exhibits that are informative and emotive, providing an in depth understanding of Tubman’s early years spent in Maryland's Choptank River region and her legacy as a leader, liberator and humanitarian in the resistance movement of the Underground Railroad. . . .The park and the adjacent Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge visitor centers are physically and intellectually linked to one another through programming, multi-use trails and roads."

    After our tour, we'll have lunch in the picnic pavilion at the state park. It may be chilly, so dress warmly.

    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is just a few miles down the road, so anyone who wants to explore the area a little more can join us for a short nature walk and/or drive through the refuge. Blackwater is on the Atlantic flyway so we may see some migratory waterfowl while we're there.

    Click on the link under Upcoming Events to register for this trip.
  • 08 Jul 2021 7:30 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Hi everyone,

    On March 25, 2020, I sent an email with the subject line, "WO Mid-Atlantic takes a time out." At the close of that email I wrote,"We'll be looking to trusted scientific and medical sources for guidance on when Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic can safely resume our monthly activities. In the meantime, stay safe and take good care of yourselves and your neighbors."

    Now after more than 15 months, we turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance and their website says:

    • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
    • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
    • If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.

    And so, thanks to effective vaccines and more and more people getting vaccinated, the daily rhythms of life are starting to reappear, friends and families are able to gather together again, and the Mid-Atlantic Region is heading back outdoors.

    But first I need to let you know about some policy changes. After the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors of Women Outdoors adopted new rules for all events. One of the changes was that all Women Outdoors events were for WO members only. But breaking news: the board of directors has just lifted that membership restriction and changed it back to our pre-pandemic practice, which is that guests are allowed to attend two events before we ask you to join Women Outdoors.

    Membership in Women Outdoors is a bargain (and a charitable contribution) - only $30/year for individuals and $15/year for seniors (65+), full-time students (18-25) and juniors (girls under 18). Click on Join/Renew to become a member of Women Outdoors today.

    Now for the fun stuff. We are back! Please click on the links below for more information and to register.

    Saturday, July 24, 9:30 a.m. - Welcome Back Hike and Potluck Picnic at Gambrill State Park in Frederick, MD. We'll stretch our legs on a short hike first and then gather for a potluck picnic at a shelter on High Knob at Gambrill State Park. Not up for a hike? Then join us just for the picnic. We want to see you!

    Wednesday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. - Dog Days of August Walk in the Park and Swim at the Beach in Annapolis, MD. Bring your four-legged furry friends for a walk at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis and then let them enjoy a romp at the Dog Beach. Bring a brown bag lunch for afterwards.

    Friday-Sunday, September 10-12 - Women Outdoors National Gathering at Camp Scully near Albany, NY. Join us for a weekend of laughter and fun with Women Outdoors members from all regions. WO members will lead all of the outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and biking as well as several workshops. Camp Scully is only a 6-hour drive from the DC area (much closer than when the Gathering was in NH!). Southwest Airlines also flies to Albany from DCA and BWI. The Gathering is always a wonderful weekend of women coming together to make new friends and cherish old ones. Come join us!

    That's it for now. Can't wait to reconnect with all of you!

    See you in the outdoors,


    Regional Contact

    Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic

    Nurture your nature

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