Embrace Spring and Get Outdoors! Spring BOW workshop: Apr 28 - 30, 2017
Honey Creek Resort

Celebrate spring and join other women interested in getting outdoors! Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is excited to have our spring 2017 workshop hosted at Honey Creek Resort on Lake Rathbun. Enrollment is limited, so register early! Workshop spaces fill fast.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

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. Check out the BOW Brochure for more information!

The workshop is for you if...

  • you have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • 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.

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Interested in a specific skill? There's a cohort for that...

Want to learn more about fishing?
Sign up for the fishing cohort and take the following 4 session: Basics of Fishing, Pan Fishing, Catfishing and Fish Cleaning, Prep & Cooking!

Camping & Backpacking
Join REI, State Park Staff and other talented instructors to learn more about camping & backpacking in Iowa! Sign up for the camping & backpacking cohort and take the following 4 sessions: ABCs of Iowa State Parks, Backpacking Skills, Camping 101, and Outdoor Cooking!

Students who complete this cohort will receive a voucher to complete their hunter education certification online for free! Sign up for the firearm cohort and take the following 4 sessions: Introduction to Firearms, Riflery & Muzzleloaders, Shotgun Basics, and Firearm Maintenance & Cleaning!

Boater Education Certification!
Get out and enjoy over 300,000 acres of water in Iowa! You can now take Boater Education Part 1, Boater Education Part 2 and then join us after Session 3 (4:30 pm on Saturday) to pass your written test! The successful completion of boater education allows you to save on your insurance policy, operate a boat in other states and in Canada!

SPRING 2017 

Be watching this space for additional opportunities for Beyond BOW activities and workshops in the coming months.

Thanks all who registered, and see you soon!

2017 Spring Agenda


Contact Rachel Ladd at 515-729-6037 or  Rachel.Ladd@dnr.iowa.gov

Mark those calendars...

Fall Workshop: 
October 6 - 8, 2017

Dolliver Memorial State Park
2757 Dolliver Park Ave
Otho, Iowa 50569

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What are People Saying?

Learned a lot and had tons of fun with great women. Hands-on experience was great!

Want to learn these skills? This is the place to do it! Lots of fun and empowering.

Great workshop for knowledge, time to relax, meet people and have a positive educational experience.

Fishing & Boating
BOW Workshop, Fishing | Iowa DNR
Outdoor Fun!
BOW Workshop, Dutch Oven Cooking | Iowa DNR
Hunting & Shooting
Shooting Sports | Iowa DNR