November BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman November Classes

November 2021

Linda Newman and her sled dogs

Sled Dog Classes for Women

with Linda Newman

Make your autumn and winter special by learning how to run stunning Alaska-origin sled dogs.

Sled Dog Fall Training, Grand Marais/Hovland, November 11 -14, Fee $795, limit 4, For more information visit Points-Unknown.

Dog Mushing! Women’s Winter Adventure, Grand Marais/Hovland, February 3 – 6 OR Feb 24 – 27, 2022, Fee $1295, limit 4, Register at

These classes are held at Points Unknown, an off-the-grid homestead deep in Minnesota’s heavily forested Arrowhead Region. The classes are taught by Linda Newman, a veteran trainer whose Hedlund Huskies are descendants of Alaskan huskies that had been bred and trained for use in trap line teams in Alaska. Linda has been a highly popular BOW volunteer instructor for 15 years.

In these classes, you will be immersed in Linda’s off-grid lifestyle while learning how to run sled dogs through fall training on wheels or on snow during the dog mushing adventures. Fee includes lodging and instruction. Fee for dog mushing includes meals.

Points Unknown is a one-of-a-kind sled dog facility and is a fully off-grid homestead. Linda’s business was her dream and she is now living her dream. Linda offers unique hands-on experiences ranging from dog sledding tours and mindful paddling into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Linda’s Points Unknown facility features a Beeswax Candle Studio and more. Still, sled dogs are her focus.

Linda’s programs are immersive, unique and intimate. She focuses on providing quality outdoor education experiences for women and small groups. 

Women in the Parks - Whitewater State Park

BOW Tundra Swan Watching Field Trip, Saturday November 6, 1 – 3 p.m., Free, Register by emailing or call 507-312-2301.

Each November thousands of migrating tundra swans stop at the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on their way to Chesapeake Bay. Join a naturalist caravan through the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area to Weaver Bottoms on the Mississippi River to observe tundra swans. Binoculars, spotting scopes and handouts will be available.

Three Rivers Park District Classes for Women

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

Classic Cross-Country Beginner Classes, Elm Creek Park Reserve, January 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m., OR Hyland Lake Park Reserve, January 22, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Fee $24. Equipment rental additional $12 plus tax if needed.

Learn proper equipment fitting, diagonal stride, stopping, turning and hill techniques. For beginner skiers and those wanting a review.

Skate Style Cross-Country Beginner Classes, Elm Creek Park Reserve, January 15, 10 - 11:30 a.m., OR Hyland Lake Park Reserve, January 22, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Fee $28. Equipment rental additional $17 plus tax if needed.

Learn basic skate skiing skills. Practice push off, weight transfer, glide and poling. Prior classic skiing experience recommended.

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

  • Nov. 3 – Prepping for the firearms deer season
  • Nov. 10 – Deer hunting with a muzzleloader
  • Nov. 17 – Creating wildlife habitat in your woods
  • Nov. 24 - Nature RX

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.

Do you want to stay informed about upcoming fisheries, wildlife and habitat management activities and ways that you can discover, explore and experience Minnesota’s outdoors? Then sign up for Minnesota Fishing and Minnesota Wildlife  email notifications available for free on the DNR website. Updates are also available for state parks, scientific and natural areas, the Eagle Cam and more.

Visit the DNR's Learn to Hunt and Learn to Fish web pages to learn how to hunt or fish a variety of species.