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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)

Future BOW Dates

May 3-5, 2019
PZAZZ! Convention & Event Center, Burlington

May 1-3, 2020
Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center, Indianola

April 23 - 25, 2021
Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center, Indianola

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

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[2019 Feb] Iowa Beyond BOW - Women's Winter Gathering

The Iowa DNR, Firefly Creek Ranch, Shelby County Conservation and Pottawattamie County Conservation invite you to the 2019 Beyond BOW - Women's Winter Gathering! Come and gather with women who love the outdoors for a weekend adventure packed with winter outdoor skills including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, nature photography and winter survival at Springbrook State Park, near Guthrie Center. (If MotherNature has other ideas and does not bring snow, we will explore the park, navigating with map and compass and GPS as well as earth caching, practicing atlatl and archery.)

Evening sessions and overnight lodging will be at nearby Firefly Creek Ranch, where you can nurture your mind and body with yoga, journaling and essential oils and unleash your artistic side as you create your own journal and hiking staff. As the evening draws to a close, enjoy stargazing and stories around an outdoor campfire, followed by an indoor campout! (Semi private rooms are available for those who prefer.)

Cost: $50 - $200 (depending on # of days and lodging options)
Location: Guthrie Center, IA
Included: Workshop fees include instruction/training, program materials and equipment, meals and lodging (if selected). Various options are available.
More: Beyond BOW, Women's Winter Gathering - Feb 8 - 10, 2019

[2019 Jan] 2019 Iowa Beyond BOW - Mitchell County

A supportive environment of fellow women is the backdrop for a workshop that embraces cold and snow this January, with classes about ice fishing, rabbit and squirrel hunting, fur preparation and game cooking. Space is limited so get registered today so you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Cost: $75 (lodging and dinners on your own)
Location: Mitchell County Conservation, Osage, IA
Included: Workshop fees include instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, and lunch on Saturday. The workshop is being held at Mitchell County Conservation in Osage, IA. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging arrangements at one of the many hotels available in the Osage area.
More: Beyond BOW, Winter 2019 - Jan 25 - 26, 2019

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