April BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

April 2022

Kay Okey

Nordic Walking with Kay Okey

April 28, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Lakeside Lions Park, fee $12. Register at www.slprec.org or call 763-792-7201 by April 21.

Join BOW instructor Kay Okey to learn the basics of Nordic Walking. The simple addition of poles turns your walk into a total body workout, engaging up to 90% of your muscles while increasing your heart rate and calorie burn. Join us for an introduction to the theory and to learn basic techniques. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for outdoor weather. Equipment provided. Kay is a certified Nordic Walking Instructor.

morel mushroom

Whitewater State Park

Morel Mushroom Hunting, May 7, noon - 2 p.m., free. Register before May 5th by calling 507-312-2301 or emailing sara.holger@state.mn.us.

It’s springtime and morels, Minnesota’s state mushroom, should be popping up! On this easy walk, Sara Holger, will point out what to look for and how to practice responsible foraging techniques. Participants will learn how to minimize the negative impacts of mushroom hunting. Space is limited.

Three Rivers Park District Classes

Trails Club for Women, Wednesdays, March 9 - May 18, 6 - 7:30 p.m., locations vary weekly within the Three Rivers Park District, fee is $85 for 11 sessions. Register by calling Three Rivers Parks at 763-559-6700.

Stay active by hiking and exploring the Three Rivers Park District trails with other women. We’ll hike a different trail each week. A schedule of park locations will be provided to registered participants.

Map and Compass Navigation for Women, Monday, April 18, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., French Regional Park, fee $15, ages 14+. Register by calling Three Rivers Parks at 763-559-6700.

Learn the basics of reading and understanding topographic maps, using a compass and combining those skills to navigate outdoors. This hands-on class is great for beginners and those looking to refresh their navigation skills. Equipment provided.

Family Orienteering Clinic, Saturday, April 23, Noon - 3 p.m., French Regional Park, fee is $13 per person, ages 6+. Register by calling Three Rivers Parks at 763-559-6700. 

Learn map and compass skills from Minnesota Orienteering Club (MNOC) experts through classroom instruction, skill stations geared for beginners, guided practice courses and an official “sprint” course with electronic punching. Cosponsored by MNOC. 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, to view past webinars and to register for upcoming webinars visit Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.

  • April 6 - Watching and hunting for sharp-tailed grouse
  • April 13 - Learn about the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program
  • April 20 - 4-H Shooting sports and wildlife program
  • April 27 - 4-H Outdoor adventures program

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.