Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, or BOW, offers hands-on workshops for adult women with an interest in learning outdoor skills such as hunting, fishing, target shooting and kayaking, among other outdoor endeavors. Workshops are tailored primarily to women who are new or who are beginners eager to improve their skills.

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BOW Weekend

The cornerstone event is the BOW Weekend Workshop held the first weekend in October each year. This three-day workshop includes sessions taught by expert instructors in a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends and having fun! Participants complete four sessions of their choosing; session workshop topics include hunting, shooting, fishing, ecological education and more. Watch the video below to get a taste of the activities, setting and camaraderie the weekend offers!

The 2022 BOW Weekend will be September 30 – October 2, 2022 at Ponca State Park.  Registration will be open online on January 18, 2022 at 10 a.m. Priority will be given to first-time participants, and any repeat participants who bring a new participant, until March 31, 2022.

Register here (open Jan. 18, 2022):

Apply for BOW Ponca scholarship: HERE

For information about the 2022 BOW events, contact Tiffani Gerber at

Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Beyond BOW workshops provide the next step on the path in becoming a confident, independent outdoors person Beyond BOW offers single-topic programs teaching advanced skills outdoors. Workshops may take place in half day, occur over a weekend, or take place over several evenings.

Winter Skills Edition

January 28 & 29, 2022
Ponca State Park

Embrace the winter weather learning new outdoors skills with the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program at Ponca State Park! The winter landscape can be beautiful, peaceful, less crowded, and simulating. With the right clothing, mindset and knowledge, you can safely enjoy the winter wonderland.

Kick off the winter-focused Beyond BOW on Friday, January 28 at 7 p.m. with a Leave No Trace Workshop. On Saturday January 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., bundle up for a day of ice fishing, snowshoeing and/or hiking, bird box construction and winter survival techniques. The $40 Workshop fee includes instruction, gear, and unlimited hot beverages, breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Lodging is not included in the price. Contact Ponca State Park and mention BOW to reserve a cabin at (402) 755-2284.


For more information, contact Julia Plugge.

Women’s only hunter education courses

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers women’s only hunter education courses, designed give women the chance to learn the basics of hunter safety and gain hands-on firearm and archery experience in a fun, safe environment among like-minded women. All courses will be led by women who are experienced hunters and certified volunteer hunter education instructors.