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Becoming an Outdoors Woman - BOW Iowa

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.

+ Becoming an Outdoors Woman - Scholarships
+ Follow-up Resources (links, hand-outs, etc)

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

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[2018 May/June] Superior Hiking Trail Backpacking Trip, Pingora Outdoors

An amazing four day journey on the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota. Stunning overlooks of Lake Superior and cascading waterfalls will highlight this trip! 

We’ll start at 9am on Thursday at Pingora Outdoors in Ankeny, IA, drive to Minnesota and spend the first evening near the trail head. The next two full days will be spent backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail and on Sunday we’ll pack up and drive back to Ankeny.

map of hiking area

The trip will include lodging, all meals, transportation and group gear. 

$950 (with transportation and night hotel stay)
$650 (without transportation/no hotel)

Detailed information and registration:
Trip 1: Superior Hiking Trail, May 17-20, 2018
Trip 2: Superior Hiking Trail, May 31- June 3, 2018
Trip 3: Superior Hiking Trail, June 21-24, 2018

Once registered, you will be required to fill out liability and medical release forms. You will also receive a list of required gear with important information.

Friends of Iowa BOW are offering two (2) - $200 scholarships (one for each trip listed above) for the Section Backpacking Workshops. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships please send an email to Rachel.Ladd@dnr.iowa.gov. The email should contain the following information:

  • Paragraph or two on why you would like to section backpack the Superior Hiking Trail
  • Workshop Date Preference (May 31 - June 3 or June 21 - 24)

Recipients of the $200.00 scholarships will need to provide, at the conclusion of the trip, photos and a short summary of their experience to be used on the BOW website and to promote future workshops.

All entries must be received by no later than May 15th to be eligible for selection. Scholarships will be awarded on May 16th at which time participants will receive a discount code to complete registration.

[2018 August] Women, Wine & Water

Join us for a wonderful weekend on the water in Shelby County!
The workshop will start at 7pm on Friday, August 24th, please make sure to eat dinner before registration.

We hope you'll join us for the full weekend, but if you're only able to join for a day, we've created registration options for all. Full registration includes instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The workshop is being held at Shelby County Conservation Nishna Bend Recreation Area and Prairie Rose State Park in Harlan, IA.

Full weekend registration - $75
Friday only - wine tasting & wind chimes - $10
Saturday only - kayaking trip & gourmet S'mores - $50
Sunday only - kayak fishing & Dutch Oven cooking - $20
Friday & Saturday - wine tasting, wind chimes & kayaking trip - $60
Saturday & Sunday - kayaking, kayak fishing and Dutch Oven cooking - $70

Lodging is on your own and is available at the following locations:
Settle Inn in Harlan - 712-755-2930
Cobblestone Inn in Avoca - 712-307-6006
Cabin, RV or camping reservations at Prairie Rose State Park
Free tent camping available at Nishna Bend Recreation Area - behind the Nature Center

Detailed information and registration:

Women, Wine & Water -- August 24 - 26, 2018 > 

[2018 August] Intermediate Kayaking Workshop

Join us for a full day of learning on the water!

This workshop will cover a variety of topics including but not limited to kayak anatomy and equipment, paddling techniques, rescue skills, introduction to whitewater kayaking, river reading/maneuvers and trip planning. Some of the skills will be taught on land but the majority of time will be on the water. Plan on being very active in this workshop. You very well might get wet!

This workshop is designed for someone with previous recreational kayaking experience. Prior to the workshop, please make sure to get out and paddle in a recreational kayak.

Kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs) will be provided.

Location: Briggs Woods Park, Webster City, Iowa

Cost: $45

Detailed information and registration:

Intermediate Kayaking Workshop -- Saturday, August 25, 2018 > 

2018 Becoming an Outdoors Woman

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