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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)
is an international program aimed primarily at women, but is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits.

The workshop is for you if...

  • you have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • Dutch Oven Cooking at Spring BOW 2014
  • you are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.
  • you know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try your hand at some new ones.
  • you are looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Registration NOW OPEN for this fall - Join us Sept 19-21, 2014!


Contact Julie Sparks at
(515) 281-6159 or

 What are people saying? (Quotes from Spring 2014)
  Great workshop for knowledge, time to relax, meet people and have a positive educational experience.
  Lots of interesting topics to choose from, very friendly people and lots of fun!
  You will not regret it!
  Want to learn these skills? This is the place to do it!
  Lots of fun and empowering.
  Try it! You'll be surprised by what you can do and how much you'll enjoy it!
  You don't need any knowledge, do not be intimidated. So much fun!
  A workshop that inspires you to try new adventures!
  You will feel refreshed and recharged after a BOW weekend.
  Learned a lot and had tons of fun with great women. Hands-on experience was great!

5k Fun Run 2010Annual Run Through the Woods 5k Fun Run/Walk
Make some new friends, get to know some of the presenters, and enjoy a relaxing run or walk through Springbrook State Park while at the fall Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop. Our route takes you around the park’s lake, which is pretty much a flat course.

Not a runner? Don’t worry about it! More than 90 percent of participants in past years have been walkers. For those interested, your “official times” will be available later in the workshop. Like BOW., this is a non-competitive (well, except maybe with yourself), fun event.

Many participants enjoy this Friday night offering, hosted by Joli Vollers. See the BOW registration form for more information!
Have a few moments? We encourage you to go to, get registered and get outside! Each month, those who log activities through the Healthy & Happy Outdoors website are eligible for a monthly drawing of outdoor gear! Start now by recording the activities you did at BOW!