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New JBLM outdoor courses geared toward women

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Kaweka Stoney The JBLM Northwest Adventure Center and Adventures Ulimited are offering a free Women in the Woods seminar on outdoor activities for women. The seminar will take place at Adventures Unlimited on McChord Field March 17.

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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just a time for little green men to frequent the woods.

For those women who don’t consider themselves too girly for a wildlife adventure, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Outdoor Recreation is offering a free seminar, Women in the Woods, at Adventures Unlimited in Building 739 on Battery Road at McChord Field, March 17 at 11 a.m.

The seminar is expected to offer safety tips as well as ideas for making camping, hiking and other outdoor trips more fun and comfortable, while also exciting and challenging. No advance registration is required for the free seminar.

In addition to Women in the Woods, Adventures Unlimited and Northwest Adventure Center offer various programs geared toward women’s outdoor activities — from yoga to cycling, hiking, skiing, rafting and more.

“These trips are for women who want to adventure with other women, make friends, learn new skills and create lasting memories,” said Alisha Bator, a guide with Adventures Unlimited.

Bator has been on staff at Adventures Unlimited for nearly three years and is currently the only female guide with that program.

Prior to joining the McChord Field staff, she worked as a civilian staffer at four other military bases.

Among her other roles, Bator previously worked as a guide with various international civilian programs and with high school and college students.

She said she has enjoyed traveling to other countries and learning about different cultures, while volunteering and exploring.

During the time she’s been at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Bator has run many female empowerment programs designed to bring women together to foster a healthy environment in the outdoors.

“I love talking about women being empowered in the outdoors, and have a lot of tips for making it safer and easier and healthier,” she said.

The women’s adventure trips function out of both Adventures Unlimited and Northwest Adventure Center on Lewis North. When one signs up for a particular activity on the online site, information is provided as to which location the trip leaves from.

A few of Bator’s favorite outdoor trips involve skiing and rafting.

“I love being out in the elements,” she said.

Bator suggests women who’d like to design a private trip for their family or a group of friends contact her at the Adventure Center, 253-967-6263, or by email, with “Alisha” in the subject line to

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