October BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman October Classes

October 2021

Sara Holger

Forest Bathing Walk

with Sara Holger

Whitewater State Park, October 30, Noon – 2 p.m., Free, Register at Sara.Holger@state.mn.us or call 507-312-2301.

We all know being outdoors makes us feel happier and healthier but do you know why? Join Sara on a slow forest bathing walk to learn about the health and wellness benefits of being in nature. After a brief presentation, we'll take a slow forest bathing walk, using our senses to experience the forest.

Sara has offered classes for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program since 2014 on morel mushrooms, trout fishing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching and backwaters kayaking. She is very involved in the SE MN Park Rx effort, sharing resources and information with health care professionals so they can prescribe time outdoors to their patients. Sara is the Lead Interpretive Naturalist at Whitewater State Park and the founder of Project Get Outdoors, a non-profit working to connect low-income youth and children of color to the outdoors through after school programming.

Three Rivers Park District Classes for Women

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.

Fire Building, French Regional Park, October 10, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Fee $10. Learn the basics of building and starting safe, low-impact campfires. Equipment provided.

Online Cross-Country Ski Workshop, October 11, 6 - 7 p.m., Free. Register to learn the basics of cross-country ski equipment, lessons and trails.

Fly Fishing Basics, Silverwood Park, October 16, 2 - 4 p.m., Fee $15. Learn about equipment, casting, shooting the line, fly types and presentations. Equipment and fishing license provided.

Cross Country Ski Lessons, Registration opens October 19 to register for beginner lessons in classical or skate skiing. Various locations and dates.

Archery, Carver Park Reserve, October 23, 10 a.m. - Noon, Fee $10. Learn the basics of archery and then practice shooting. Equipment provided.

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.

Webinars are live on Wednesday starting at noon. For more details or to view past webinars and to register for upcoming webinars visit:  Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series

  • October 6, Bird Hunting with a Pointing Dog
  • October 13, Pheasant Hunting 101
  • October 20, Bats of Minnesota
  • October 27, The Latest on Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota

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.

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