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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Nebraska Becoming an Outdoors Woman 30th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate 30 years of empowering female outdoor enthusiasts, Saturday, October 9 at Platte River State Park.

Who is invited: Ladies who attended a main weekend from year one through 2021 (Halsey, Ponca or Fort Robinson), beyond workshops (statewide), volunteers and instructors!


Open House – Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Explore Platte River State Park, Try your hand at fun engaging outdoor skill activities, meet & greet)
Cost: Free

Dutch Oven Cookoff – Serving Time: 3:00 p.m.
Prepare and serve your favorite Dutch oven recipe. Mail meal, appetizer, bread and dessert divisions. More details will be sent to the registered contestants.
Cost: Contestant entry fee $5.00

Reception Time – 6:00 p.m.
Meal, dignitary speakers, prizes & special recognition. $15.00 (includes meal).
$5.00 for instructors. Limited seating – buy your tickets now!

Selection Participation Plans

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 2021 BOW Weekend will be October 1-3, 2021 at Fort Robinson State Park.  Registration is closed for the 2021 BOW weekend.

Download 2021 BOW Weekend brochure 

2022 BOW Weekend will be in early October and hosted at Ponca State Park.

For information about the 2021 and 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.

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.