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Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Posted: 08/26/2014

Women can still answer their “call of the wild” by registering for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop Sept. 19-21 at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center in Guthrie County.
Women thinking about participating are encouraged to sign up now. After Sept. 5, the cost of the workshop increases from $150 to $180.

“Some of the classes are full for this year’s workshop, but many are still open,” says Julie Sparks, DNR Becoming an Outdoors-Woman coordinator.

“This workshop is an excellent opportunity for women 18 years or older to try a variety of activities they may never have had the chance to experience. We have top-notch instructors, our class sizes are kept small and the setting at Springbrook is beautiful, particularly in the fall.”

Workshop topics include basic fishing, fly fishing, birdwatching, archery, beginning shotgun shooting, basic motor boat skills, geocaching, canoeing, stand up paddling, Dutch oven cooking and much more.

The registration fee covers food, lodging and materials for the weekend workshop.

Brochures and registration forms are available online at or by contacting Julie Sparks, at 515-281-6159 or