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BOW Workshop 2019

Becoming an Outdoors Woman - 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.

2023 Becoming an Outdoor-Woman Spring Catalog


The goal of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) scholarship program is to broaden participation in the weekend workshop to women 18 years old and older who would be unable to attend without financial assistance. Iowa BOW encourages anyone to apply for a scholarship. However, preference will be given to first-time attendees and those promoting diversity in outdoors education across the state through their community affiliations, culture, region, and/or profession.



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She Goes Outdoors has a great group of ladies talking about spending time outdoors and would love to share these conversations with you. Check out their podcast that is both educational and entertaining! 

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Future BOW Dates

April 19 - April 21, 2024
Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca, Solon, IA


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BOW Upcoming Events

These events have been made possible by the Iowa Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program. This workshop is open to both residents and non-residents and any adult 18 years age or older.

2024 Iowa Spring BOW
Looking to learn new skills or dust off the rust? Join us at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca and we enjoy all that spring has to offer! This weekend event, held in partnership with Johnson County Conservation Board is geared to give you skills to spend more time outdoors this year! Learn how to backpack, camp, go on a mentored turkey hunt, freshen up on your shooting skills or even learn to forage! Our BOW instructors are there to help you along the way. Join us for this wonderful Friday-Sunday weekend event!

Learn more in the 2024 Spring BOW Catalog. This will be release in January 2024.


When: April 19-21, 2024
Where: Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca, Solon, IA
Registration Information:

Registration will open in January 2024

[December 2023] Women's Pheasant Hunt

Join the Iowa and Johnson County Pheasants Forever Chapters for an Upland Hunting Workshop on December 9th and 10th in Parnell, IA. The event centers around the habitat, the hunt, and the harvest. Space is limited so get registered today so you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

This is an active, skills-based event. Come prepared to get muddy, and dressed for the variable fall weather. We will do quite a bit of walking on varying terrain! Shotguns, ammunition, and orange vests will be provided, but participants may also bring their own equipment.

We have 20 gauge shotguns available for check out, if you'd like to use one, please make sure to note this in the registration.

This event is made possible in partnership with Iowa County Pheasants Forever Chapter and the Iowa Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program.

Location: Legacy Acres Hunting Club
3018 O Ave
Parnell, IA 52325

Full information and registration:

Beyond BOW: Upland Hunting Workshop, Dec 9-10, 2023

[February 2024] Beyond BOW: Winter BOW

Looking to break up the winter and learn how to enjoy the winter outdoors? Join Harrison County Conservatino Board and Iowa DNR for the 2024 Winter BOW! A supportive environment of fellow women is the backdrop for a workshop that embraces winter skills. We'll be ice fishing, learning archery, discovering winter survival skills and exploring the night sky, then warming up with Apothecary 101. Space is limited so get registered today so you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Location: Willow Lake Recreation Area - Harrison CCB
2725 Easton Trail
Woodbine, IA 51579

Full information and registration:

Beyond BOW: Winter BOW, Feb 2-4, 2024