LANSING — State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) hosted House District 109 constituents from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program” at the state Capitol last week. Tara Gluski and Sandy Kivela, who teach classes in the program, made presentations to the Michigan Sportsmen’s Caucus, The House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation.

“I always appreciate having constituents come to Lansing to explain about the great things happening in the U.P.,” said Kivela, who is the minority vice-chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. “The ‘Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program’ is helping many women appreciate and enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors and the many outdoor activities available to women.”

The outdoors women program has been in existence at the DNR since 1991. It has been a model for other states and has expanded to 44 states and nine Canadian Provinces offering programs throughout the year. Women continue to be interested in outdoor activities and learning new skills, and are lining up in ever greater numbers for the chance to take outdoors-women classes.