Women in Nature

October 8, 2022

Cost: Members $60; Non-Members $75. After September 19th add an additional $10 to these rates. The ticket price includes breakfast and a catered lunch from Bistro 3 Nineteen in Marion.

What to Bring : Dress for both indoor and outdoor experiences, including comfortable layered clothing, sturdy shoes, refillable water bottle, hat, and sunglasses. The best part about Women in Nature is being outside in all weather! Feedback from previous participants has been outstanding regarding the outdoor experience of the hikes in rain. Please bring a rain jacket and rain boots, if appropriate. We will have a limited number of ponchos to borrow.

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Nurture your mind, body and soul at one of the Nature Center’s longest-running events: Women in Nature. Enjoy a day exploring and learning with like-minded women and leave feeling refreshed and connected to nature.

Guest Speakers

Staci Schiltz is happiest with dirt under her feet. She’s a lifelong Eastern Iowan that found herself a little lost when she became an empty nester. She came across the 52 Hike Challenge and thought it would be a good new year’s resolution. That decision turned into a seven year (and counting) journey. Her husband, two grown children, two grand dogs and extended family and friends support her on her challenges. She’s completed the Hiker Babes 100 Hike Challenge three times (soon to be four) and recently completed the Mount Trashmore Challenge here in CR. She loves inspiring others to get outside and get their shoes dirty.

Kelli Kennon-Lane Just Because It’s Hard Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad: Dogsledding and Winter Camping in the Boundary Waters

It took driving over eight hours in a blizzard, hopping on the back of a dogsled (after a surprisingly brief training), and camping under the stars in -29*F weather for Kelli to realize that just because things are hard, doesn’t always mean they’re bad. But, epiphanies often happen in the toughest of situations, right? Kelli is the Director of Education at Indian Creek Nature Center. When it comes to being a Champion of Nature, she attempts to “walk the talk” and is a textbook thrill-seeker. Kelli, her husband, toddler son, and toddler Dalmatian dog live in a simple, small log home where they recharge for the next adventure. 

Steph Lane Changing the Narrative and Breaking out of our Comfort Zones

Steph Lane was born and raised in Eastern Iowa and serves as the Iowa Program Coordinator with the non-profit “Pass It On! Outdoor Mentors”, coordinating hunts and other outdoor activities for youth all over Iowa.  For the last three years, she has been the host and creator of the Woods and Waters Project Podcast. An avid outdoorsman and archery coach, she creates experiences, teaches skills, shares stories, and helps others see how capable they are! Steph is an all-around outdoor enthusiast who loves empowering others to get out there.

Jennifer Zach Get Comfortable with Somatic Awareness

Jennifer Zach is the founder of Zach Coaching, LLC. During our time together, Jennifer will introduce you to somatic awareness and share ways to use sensation, nature’s partner, in reducing overwhelm and increasing well-being. Research shows anger, stress, worry, and sadness have reached record highs. You have everything you need for well-being within you and around you. Come and learn how to address stress responses with simple, straightforward somatic awareness strategies that you can do anywhere to self-regulate your stress and connect with your optimal self. 

Schedule of Events

8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-in/registration, social time and breakfast (included)

8:30 – 8:40 AM Welcome message

8:40 – 9:30 AM Staci Schiltz presents: Hiking for the Mind, Body and Soul

9:45 – 10:30 AM Hike (choose from leisurely, medium or fast paced outings)
Alternate options: Chair massages by Carlson College or visit the vendors

10:30 – 11:20 AM Kelli Kennon-Lane presents: Just Because It’s Hard Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad: Dogsledding and Winter Camping in the Boundary Waters

11:30 – 12 PM Catered lunch from Bistro 3 Nineteen (included)

12:00 – 12:50 PM Steph Lane presents: Changing the Narrative and Breaking out of our Comfort Zones in the Outdoors

1:05 – 1:50 PM Hike (choose from leisurely, medium or fast paced outings)
Alternate options: Chair massages by Carlson College or visit the vendors

2:05 – 2:55 PM Jennifer Zach presents: Get Comfortable with Somatic Awareness

3:00 PM Door prizes and closing comments

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