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 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

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[Oct 2019] Beyond BOW - Backpacking the Ozark Highlands Trail

Pingora Outdoors Presents: Section Backpacking the Ozark Highlands Trail

Enjoy stunning fall colors in the most remote and scenic regions of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Explore some of the area’s breathtaking mountains and intimate valley floors, experiencing gorgeous views and lush deciduous forest along the way.

As always, your Pingora Outdoors guides will be with you every step of the way. We will provide instruction on any and all backcountry skills you’d like to learn including cooking, backcountry camping, and navigation.

Location: Ozark Mountains, Arkansas (transportation from Ankeny, Iowa)
Included: Includes transportation, group gear, all meals and other logistics taken care of by Pingora.
Cost: $550
Full information and registration: Backpacking the Ozark Highlands Trail, October 25 - 27, 2019

[Nov 2019] Beyond BOW - Ladies Pheasant Hunt

Iowa DNR, Linn County and Iowa County Pheasant Forever Chapters

Participants will get a chance to learn about pheasant hunting, practice shooting and participate in a mentored pheasant hunt on Sunday morning. Topics such as pheasant habitat and behavior, hunting tactics, dog handling, wing-shooting and pheasant recipes and cooking. Firearms and ammo will be provided. However, student may bring their own if they choose.

Location: Homestead Community Center, Homestead, IA
Cost: $50
Full information and registration: Full information and registration available early September.