December BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman December Classes

December 2021

Desiree Holmberg

Archery Bowhunting Basics Webinar

February 23, 2022, noon to 1 p.m., free, register for this webinar at Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series

Join BOW volunteer Desiree Holmberg as she covers the basics of bowhunting and how to select a hunting compound bow and accessories. Desiree attended her first BOW workshop while in college. Since then she has become a dedicated hunter, archery instructor, hunting mentor and BOW steering committee member. Desiree is passionate about welcoming women into target archery and archery hunting. You will appreciate her engaging and insightful approach to learning.

This webinar is the first session in the 2022 archery turkey hunting series. This series is ideal for women ready to transition from target archery to hunting archery. The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program is coordinating with skilled volunteers, conservation organizations and archery shops to offer this series. No equipment is necessary to begin. Unique this year is some sessions will be offered on-line. Four of the seven sessions are designed just for women with three sessions piggybacking on classes open to the public.

See the section below for more details on the 2022 turkey hunting archery series.

Turkey hunters

Turkey Hunting Archery Series

Women who want to improve their archery target shooting then build on that experience by learning how to hunt wild turkeys are encouraged to enroll in the archery series that begins in 2022. You can register for one or all of the sessions. For more details email

Session 1: Archery bowhunting basics webinar, February 23, noon to 1 p.m. This free webinar is open to the public. Registration for session 1 is now open at Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. Join BOW volunteer Desiree Holmberg to learn how about bowhunting equipment and hunting basics.

Session 2: Women’s archery shop basics and target practice, March 12, noon to 1 p.m., fee $15. This women only program introduces women to the services provided at archery shops then ends with practice shooting at the indoor range.

Session 3: Women’s archery practice, March 29, 6 - 7 p.m., fee $20. This women only program will focus on archery target shooting.

Session 4: Turkey hunting clinic, March 29, 7 - 8 p.m., free. This in-person clinic that is open to the public will focus on the basics of archery turkey hunting. The DNR website also has a pre-recorded video on how to hunt turkeys.

Session 5: Women’s hunting Q&A session, Zoom, April 5, 7- 8 p.m., free. This session open to women will focus on hunting clothing and your hunting questions.

Session 6: 3-D Archery shoot, April 23, time TBD, fee $20. This 3-D shoot is open to the public. Women will be grouped together to practice shooting outdoors at 3-D targets to learn when and where to shoot and to gauge shooting distance.

Session 7: Women’s mentored archery turkey hunt, May 6 - 8, fee TBD. Women will hunt two days with a mentor.  Session dependent on health guidelines. 

Women in the Parks - Whitewater State Park

BOW Winter Solstice Forest Bathing & Bonfire, Tuesday, December 21, 2:30 - 5 p.m., Free, Register by emailing or call 507-312-2301.

Celebrate the return of the sun with a forest bathing walk, using our five senses to immerse ourselves in the surrounding forest. Afterward, we’ll gather around the fire to share poems and stories about the sun. Meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center. A Minnesota state park vehicle permit, available at the park office, is required to enter the park.

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.

Winter Trails Club for Women, Various locations, Wednesdays, December 15 - February 23, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Fee $85 for 11 sessions.

Explore the park district and stay active all winter long! We’ll check out a different trail each week using whatever equipment the conditions warrant – Nordic walking poles, traction devices, snowshoes, and/or kicksleds. Equipment provided.

Snowshoe Under the Full Moon for Women, French Regional Park, December 18, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Fee $8, Equipment provided.

Enjoy an evening under the full moon exploring scenic trails on snowshoes if there’s snow or hike using traction devices or walking poles. Equipment provided.

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.

  • December 1 – Lifetime licenses and other holiday gifts from the Minnesota DNR
  • December 8 – Ice safety for outdoor sports
  • December 15 – Fly tying talk
  • December 22 ­– Learning to hunt as an adult
  • December 29 – Introduction to trapping furbearers

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.