July BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

July 2022

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Women's Fall BOW Workshop

September 9 - 11, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, fee $195. Register at eaglebluffmn.org/2022BOW.

Register today for our first fall workshop since 2019! Registration and payment are quick and easy through the Eagle Bluff website. The workshop fee includes two nights lodging, meals, evening programs, equipment, instruction in three classes, campfires, and fun!

This year's workshop will focus on the health benefits of being outdoors. The evening speaker is State Park Naturalist Sara Holger, a certified forest bathing instructor. Sara will speak on the health benefits of being in nature and will also lead three forest bathing classes. Simone Schara will also be at the workshop teaching how to pheasant hunt. Additional classes with descriptions are listed below.

The BOW program offers a fall and winter weekend workshop yearly. BOW's weekend workshops are the best place for women (and girls age 14 and up) to learn outdoor skills. Don't miss this opportunity to learn new skills in a supportive environment, meet new friends and experience the health benefits of being outdoors. Scholarships are available for new participants who need financial assistance. For more information on scholarships or about the workshop please email Linda.bylander@state.mn.us.

BOW Fall Workshop Classes and Descriptions

BOW offers a variety of classes during the Fall Weekend Workshop related to fishing, hunting and outdoor sports. Classes are rated by activity level, easy (E), moderate (M), or strenuous (S). Participants chose one class each session. Listed below are the class options within each session.

SESSION 1: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTRO TO PHEASANT HUNTING (E) Simone Schara will present an introduction to pheasant hunting from A-Z. You will learn about gear, guns and what first time hunters should expect. Simone will also share knowledge of what it takes to raise a canine hunting partner. Learn tips for picking the right puppy, training, in-the-field etiquette, and safety.

INTRO TO FLY FISHING (M) Linda Radimecky will teach fly fishing basics. This class will focus on fly casting and introduce you to the skills needed to be successful on the water. This includes casting, fly selection, reading the water, safety and stream etiquette. This class is designed for beginners and/or fly anglers that need a refresher.

FOREST BATHING WALK (E) 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 will take a slow forest bathing walk, using our senses to experience the forest.

MYSTERY CAVE SCENIC TOUR (E-M) Explore Mystery Cave with its stalactites, stalagmites and underground pools. Everyone should experience this site at least once in their lifetime! Our tour with a DNR naturalist will take one hour. We will travel 35 minutes to the site in a van. Extra Class Fee: $14.

ARCHERY (M) Learn about archery equipment and how to shoot a bow. Then spend time shooting at the archery range. We use Matthews Genesis compound bows, which have an easy draw weight.

HIGH ROPES COURSE (S) Try your hand at the treetops high ropes course. This course will exhilarate you and is a great personal challenge course. Bring your camera; you will want someone to take your picture so you can show off what you’ve been up to.

SESSION 2: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

FOREST BATHING WALK (E) Description see session 1.

INTRO TO FLY FISHING (M) Description see session 1.

RIFLE SHOOTING (E) The class will start indoors with gun safety and rifle shooting fundamentals. Then the class will head to the range for hands-on shooting practice. Safety glasses, guns ammo and earplugs provided.

INTRO TO CANOEING (M-S) Learn canoe safety and beginning skills. The class covers team paddling, power strokes, reading a river, and tips on planning a canoe trip. Go on a scenic canoe paddle on the Root River.

SHITAKE MUSHROOMS (E-M) Learn how to grow shitake mushrooms and how to start your own culture using inoculation logs. Visit Eagle Bluff's mushroom logs for inspiration. This class was a hit the last time offered!

NATURE HIKE (E-M) Learn about being a “Nature Detective” on this interactive hike. We will have a short discussion about safety and preparation before hitting the trails for whatever we can find edible or otherwise! Please dress in layers for the weather. Long pants, closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, and ankle to knee length socks are recommended, as we will likely go off-trail. Cameras and binoculars are welcome as well!

SESSION 3: Sunday 9 a.m. - Noon

FOREST BATHING WALK (E) Description see session 1.

SHOTGUN SHOOTING (E) The class will start with basic safe gun handling and shotgun shooting fundamentals. Then the class will head to the range for hands-on shooting practice. Safety glasses, guns ammo and earplugs will be provided.

FLY TYING BASICS (E) Fly tying is a craft. Learn about the equipment used to make the flies used in fly fishing and practice tying your first flies.

MYSTERY CAVE SCENIC TOUR (E-M) Description see session 1.

ARCHERY (M) Description see session 1.

NATURE HIKE (E-M) Description see session 2.

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.

  • July 6 - Get the lead out! Alternatives to lead fishing tackle
  • July 13 - Harvesting wild rice
  • July 20 - Paddling basics
  • July 27 - Managing your family's lakeshore for access and fish

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.