September BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman September Classes

September 2021

Kay Okey with Kayak class

Paddle the St. Croix River with Kay Okey

Interstate State Park, October 4, 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Fee $38, Register at

Join BOW instructor Kay Okey for a leisurely paddle down the St. Croix River. Kay has been a BOW volunteer since 1996. Kay instructs canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, Nordic walking and canoe camping. Kay is the Park and Recreation Director for the City of Spring Lake Park.

No kayaking experience is necessary for this class. You will meet at Interstate Park near Taylors Falls then paddle one way to the Osceola landing. Kayaks and lifejackets provided. A Minnesota State park vehicle pass is required. Register by September 24.

Women in the Parks Series - Whitewater State Park

BOW Backwaters Kayaking Field Trip, Friday September 17, Noon – 2 p.m., Free. Register by emailing or calling 507-312-2306.

Join state park naturalist Sara on a kayaking field trip to explore the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Kellogg. Bring your own kayak, lifejacket and gear or rent from a nearby outfitter. Call Sara for information on how to rent a kayak from an outfitter prior to the program. A State Park vehicle pass is required. Sara recorded a webinar on kayaking the Mississippi River backwaters. View the recorded webinar: Kayaking the Mississippi Backwaters recorded webinar.

Three River Park District Women Classes

BOW works cooperatively with Three Rivers Park District to offer programs for women. Register for these classes at Three Rivers Park or call 763-559-6700.

Trails Club for Women, various locations, Wednesdays, September 8 to October 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Fee $65/eight sessions. Stay active and explore a different trail each week with other women.

Tarps and Knots, French Regional Park, Saturday, September 18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Fee $10. Learn the fundamentals of setting up tarps and knot tying for camping and backpacking.

Map and Compass Navigation, French Regional Park, Saturday. September 18, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Fee $15. Learn the basics of maps and compass to navigate outdoors.

Free Family Webinars

These webinars are part of the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series that aims to give participants quick, relevant information on upcoming seasons and events, and skills to help enjoy the outdoors.

For more details and to register visit:  MOSS Fall Series

  • September 1, Expanded Deer Season Opportunities
  • September 8, Getting Started in Small Game Hunting
  • September 15, Transporting Firearms for the Traveling Hunter
  • September 22, Waterfowl Hunting Basics
  • September 29, Fall Bass Fishing Tips

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW)

The BOW program provides hunting, fishing, and non-consumptive outdoor skills classes to women in a safe and supportive environment. BOW works cooperatively with DNR staff, volunteers and outside agencies to provide opportunities for women to learn skills. BOW is guided by a volunteer steering committee. To find out more visit the BOW Website. Note the website is currently being updated.  

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