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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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
This series is for any woman who wants to learn how to shoot, improve her skills, learn about handguns and have fun.
This series of four workshops is for girls (age 12 and up) and women who want to learn how to shoot a bow, increase knowledge of archery, learn about equipment and have fun.
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.
This series is for any woman who wants to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of rifles and muzzleloaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other women who shoot or just to have fun.
Learn about native plants and their uses. Tour a pollinator plot, view a native grass display, and learn about how Native American and soldiers used native plants. An optional drive to Calamus State Recreation Area will provide more learning opportunities.
This three-hours workshop is for anyone who wants to explore the sport of kayaking. Basic skills, safety, how to get into a kayak, launching, docking and more will all be covered. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be provided.
This series of three classes is designed for women who are want to learn how to shoot a shotgun, increase their knowledge of shotguns, try trap shooting, meet other women who shoot or just have fun.
This series of three classes is designed for women who are brand new to handling and shooting a handgun. This is a great opportunity to learn to shoot in a safe environment from expert instructors.
Learn to make art with natural materials. Participants will collect items at Wildmill State Recreation Area then use them to create masterpieces, ornaments and crafts.