Here's your chance to learn what becoming an outdoors-woman takes.
Texas women! Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors or learn exciting new skills, but never knew where to start? No problem! The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers workshops for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, or BOW for short.
Not only do these workshops get women outdoors, they bolster a unique confidence in one's self that can't be matched.
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Workshops span the course of a single weekend, typically stretching from noon on Friday to noon on Sunday. Women enjoy the thrill of getting back to nature in outdoor learning facilities and dormitory cabins typically located in summer camps. Of course, modern amenities such as AC, toilets, and hot showers are provided.
The weekend is divided into four sessions, and participants can pick from among 12-14 classes to take. The three key focus areas for classes are shooting, fishing, and non-harvest activities, but each focus offers so many different options, it's no wonder women keep coming back for more!
Classes offered by the BOW workshops include:
- Basics of shotgun and archery
- Art in nature
- Bike maintenance and repair
- Scuba Diving
- Firearms maintenance
- Fish fillet
- Fish biology
- Game calling
- Healthy eating
- Home game processing
- Hunter Education Certification
- Leave no Trace
- Map and Compass basics
- Mountain biking
- Natural fiber basketry
- Nature journaling
- Outdoor cooking
- Outdoor photography
- Outdoor survival
- Plant ID
- Rifle and handgun basics
- Shotgun basics
- Stand up paddling
- Wilderness first aid
- Wildlife 101
- Woodworking for wildlife
Of course, equipment is provided so women can enjoy a hands-on approach to all classes.
Upcoming BOW Workshops are as follows:
- October 31-November 2, 2014, in Concan
- April 10-12, 2015, in Palacios
- October 16-18, 2015, in Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro, Granbury
Can't make a BOW Workshop?
As fantastic as the BOW workshops are, they are unfortunately sparse. Lucky for Texas women, a group of BOW alumni formed the Texas Outdoor Woman Network, or TOWN for short. These groups are designed to meet locally and more often, giving more women the opportunity to explore what the outdoors has to offer.
With a diverse membership and numerous outdoor skills at their disposal, the TOWN groups can do everything the BOW workshops can and more! Meetings are typically held monthly, and members coordinate field trips, activities, and classes for its members. Better yet, members don't have to be alumni of BOW workshops! They just need a love of the outdoors and a desire to join in a supportive, fun environment!