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.

2022 Becoming an Outdoor-Woman 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.

  • 2022 BOW scholarship applications due by April 22, 2022. 
  • 2022 BOW scholarship winners will be notified by April 29, 2022.



[May 20 - May 22] Iowa Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Annual Workshop

The workshop is being held at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Indianola, IA. Lodging is available in shared bunk-style lodges with shared bathrooms. Workshop fees include instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, t-shirt, session takeaways, meals and lodging (if selected).


When: Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2022
Location: Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center, Indianola, Iowa
Info and registration: 2022 BOW Catalog
Online registration link
Online medical form submission
Online scholarship application





December BOW Box

Each box is packed full of gear, educational resources, field guides, and more for only $50.00 (including shipping and handling).

Upcoming boxes include:
June 2022 - Backpacking
September 2022 - Shooting Range


She Goes Outdoors Podcast

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! 

Take me to the podcast!

Future BOW Dates

May 20 - May 22, 2022
Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center, Indianola, IA

February 10 - February 12, 2023
Camp Okoboji, Milford, IA

Rachel Alliss at 515-729-6037 or

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