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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, canoeing 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. No experience is necessary. Participation is limited to women age 18 years and older. Participants complete four sessions of their choosing. Session workshop topics include hunting, shooting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and more. To get a taste of the activities, setting and camaraderie the weekend offers, check out our video recap of the 2016 BOW Weekend Workshop. For more information, contact Tiffani Gerber.

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. For more information, contact Julia Plugge.

Upcoming events and workshops

Catching up with the cranes, March 11, 2017, Fort Kearny SRA

Every year the Sandhill Cranes migrate through the bottleneck in central Nebraska on the way to their nesting grounds up north. Photography, local experts, waterfowl, wildlife, coffee, chili, and cranes all come together for an enjoyable day learning about these majestic birds. The Rainwater Basin and the North Platte River at Fort Kearny will be the viewing destinations to experience one of the largest migrations in the world.

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Overnight backpacking, April 1-2, 2017, Indian Cave State Park

This weekend backpacking trip through beautiful Indian Cave State Park will teach participants the principles of backpacking, including preparation, navigation, water purification and more.

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Experience Platte River State Park, April 29-30, 2017

Enjoy a ladies’ weekend at Platte River State Park. Kick of the weekend preparing a Dutch oven and campfire meal. Take an evening hike through the park’s scenic trails and stay the night in one of our cozy cabins. Go for a horseback ride, learn to shoot a bow and arrow and much more!

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Beginning canoeing, June 16, 2017, Wehrspann Lake

This fun workshop will cover basic skills, safety, how to get in your canoe, launching and docking, equipment and team paddling. Loaner canoes and life jackets will be provided. Online payment is available for this class.

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Introduction to trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clays, June 24, 2017, Ft Kearny Shooting Range

Spend an afternoon on the shotgun range with the ladies. Learn basic shotgunning or come touch up on your shooting skills. Workshop will include an introduction to trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clays – main venues to shotgun entertainment. Novice and experienced shooters are welcome to attend. Online payment is available for this class.

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