Originally created 09/17/06

Garrison signs on with NWTF



If you watch Cindy Garrison's popular ESPN2 outdoors show today, you can see her hunting in Cameroon, West Africa, with the Baka pygmy people.

Last week, however, the well known big game huntress was in a slightly tamer habitat - the National Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C. - where she became the official spokeswoman for NWTF's women's programs.

"My entire life revolves around women and the outdoors," said Garrison, a California native. "When I first met the leadership of this women's outreach program, their energy was amazing."

NWTF's Women in the Outdoors program is highly respected, just as Garrison - who hosts Get Wild With Cindy Garrison - is among television's most recognized outdoor women.

"The great thing about Cindy is she's authentic," said Patty Molinaro, Women in the Outdoors southern region national coordinator. "She's an outdoor enthusiast first and television host second. She carries a genuine passion for the hunting traditions and conserving wildlife, both missions of the NWTF. It's a really nice fit, and we're pleased to have her on board for our Women in the Outdoors program."

Garrison discovered the outdoors on her grandparents' Oregon ranch and in Northern California where she grew up. There, among other things, she spent time fishing, hunting and roping.

In her new role with NWTF, Garrison will help promote the varied Women in the Outdoors Programs and the more than 400 events hosted across the country each year, Molinaro said.

On her varied shows, the California native guides viewers on hunts, fishing trips and serves as a tour guide into the hidden cultures of remote places. The show airs each Sunday through December at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on ESPN2.