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


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

Better yet - Join us on Facebook (Becoming an Outdoors Woman - Iowa) and connect with folks from all over who have attended a workshop!


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[June 2019] Beyond BOW - Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail

Pingora Outdoors Presents: Section Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail

In northeastern Minnesota, the Superior Hiking Trail traverses 296 miles of rugged landscape and beautiful vistas of Lake Superior. The most popular and arguably more scenic sections of the Superior Hiking Trail start north of Duluth. Join Pingora Outdoors as we backpack a section of the Superior Hiking Trail. We will make our way from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to Tettegouche State Park.

Unplug from technology, make new friends, and get ready for new experiences and scenic views! We will take time to snap photos, play in the water and learn how to camp and cook as a group. Backpacking with Pingora Outdoors by your side will be an unforgettable adventure for all!


Location: Duluth, MN (transportation from Ankeny, Iowa)
Included: Includes transportation, double occupancy room at the Park Point Marina Inn and all meals.
Cost: $700
Full information and registration: Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail, June 20 - 23, 2019

[July 2019] Beyond BOW - On Range: Shotguns

Join us for a day at the range to learn to shoot a shotgun or refine skills! The day will focus on teaching basic shotgun safety, shooting techniques, range etiquette and how to shoot trap and skeet. All firearms and ammunition will be provided. Once the shooting is done, the instructors will teach you how take apart, clean and store the firearms.

Location: Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City, IA
Included: Instruction in all sessions, program materials and use of demonstration equipment.
Cost: $50
Full information and registration: Beyond BOW - On Range: Shotguns, July 13, 2019

[July 2019] Beyond BOW - Backpacking at Yellow River State Park

Pingora Outdoors Presents: Section Backpacking at Yellow River State Park

Myth: Iowa has no wilderness. Fact: Upend your preconceptions and head out on a 14.3 mile loop through 8,503 acres of crinkle carpet topography, plunging ravine and sandstone bluff with wildlife all around!

Join Pingora Outdoors as we teach the introductory skills to backpacking.

Unplug from technology, make new friends, and get ready for new experiences and scenic views! We will take time to snap photos, play in the water and learn how to camp and cook as a group. Backpacking with Pingora Outdoors by your side will be an unforgettable adventure for all!


Location: Yellow River State Park, Harpers Ferry, Iowa (transportation from Ankeny, Iowa)
Included: Includes transportation, group gear, all meals.
Cost: $175
Full information and registration: Backpacking at Yellow River State Park, July 20-21, 2019

[July 2019] Beyond BOW - On Range: Rifles & Pistols

Join us on the range to learn about different types of handguns and rifles, rifle and pistol safety, shooting techniques, range etiquette, rifle and pistol uses, and equipment needs. Additionally, we’ll discuss safe handling, use and storage of handguns. We’ll spend most of the session outside on the range, so please dress accordingly. We will be shooting .22 caliber and 9 mm pistols, in addition to .22, .243 and .308 rifles. Firearms, eye and ear projection, and ammunition will be provided. If you have your own shooting glasses or ear protection, please bring it.Once the shooting is done, the instructors will teach you how take apart, clean and store the firearms.

Location: Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City, IA
Included: Instruction in all sessions, program materials and use of demonstration equipment.
Cost: $50
Full information and registration: Beyond BOW - On Range: Rifles & Pistols, July 27, 2019

[July 2019] Beyond BOW - Intro to Canoe Camping on the Des Moines River

Pingora Outdoors Presents: Intro to Canoe Camping on the Des Moines River

Iowa is known for its scenic rivers. Most people have only ever experienced these rivers during the day. Did you know that you can actually camp on designated sandbars, turning your canoe trip into a multi-day canoeing adventure? Join Pingora Outdoors as we teach you the basics of Canoe Camping. How to do it safely and how to fall in love with some of Iowa’s best kept secrets.


Location: Des Moines River, Jester Park - Madrid, Iowa
Included: Includes transportation, group gear, all meals.
Cost: $130
Full information and registration: Intro to Canoe Camping on the Des Moines River, July 27-28, 2019

[August 2019] Beyond BOW - Women, Water & Wine

A supportive environment of fellow women is the backdrop for a workshop that embraces time on the water. We'll be kayaking, wild edible foraging, and exploring the night sky, among many other activities. Space is limited so get registered today so you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Location: Nishna Bend Recreation Area, Harlan, IA
Included: Instruction in all sessions, program materials and use of demonstration equipment. Lodging and dinners will be on your own.
Cost: $50
Full information and registration: Beyond BOW - Women, Water & Wine, August 23-25, 2019

[September 2019] Beyond BOW - Eastern Iowa Fall Retreat

Join us for a great weekend hunting wild edibles and squirrels, learning to make baskets and soap, and rock climbing and kayaking in Eastern Iowa with Naturalists from Jones, Jackson, Dubuque and Cedar Counties! The workshop will start at 5:30pm on Friday, September 13th and run through 4:00pm on Saturday, September 14th.

Location: Central Park, Center Junction, IA
Included: Instruction in all sessions, program materials and use of demonstration equipment. Lodging and dinners will be on your own.
Cost: $75
Full information and registration: Beyond BOW - Eastern Iowa Fall Retreat, September 13-14, 2019

[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