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Wisconsin-Based Non-Profit Teaches How to Become an Outdoors-Woman

University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is a non-profit, educational program that offers hands-on workshops to adult women.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) was founded by Christine Thomas, Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, in 1991.

Together with program director, Peggy Farrell, they have welcomed thousands of women to the outdoors by teaching them beginner-level outdoors skills.

The award-winning, international outdoor skills program was specifically designed for women to encourage learning, help them enjoy nature, and feel more confident.

Today, more than 40 states and six provincial natural resource agencies offer 70-plus BOW workshops each year.

For those interested, there are three BOW program formats available: the Original BOW Workshop, Beyond Bow, and BOW Destinations. However, programs vary by state.

The original BOW workshop format is a three-day, multi-course event with more than twenty classes to choose from including fly fishing, archery, shotgun and rifle shooting, wildlife habitat, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping, nature photography, basic fishing, boat and trailer basics and more.

Beyond BOW opportunities might include one- to three-day events that focus on a single topic, like a day at the shooting range or charter fishing.

BOW Destinations are specialty trips to select destinations. In 2016, destinations include Costa Rica, the Sea of Cortez, Trinidad and Tobago and Iceland.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs are open to women over the age of 18 of all fitness levels and require no prior experience.

In many states, registration is now open for winter BOW programs. For more information or to find a program in your area, visit the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman website.

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Wisconsin-Based Non-Profit Teaches How to Become an Outdoors-Woman