September BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

September 2022

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Dress for the Outdoors Webinar

September 7, Noon to 1 p.m., free webinar. Register at Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.

Join Becoming an Outdoors Woman volunteer instructors Jackie Laine and Jennifer Dums to learn how to dress for the outdoors. Whether you are a hunter, angler or hiker this webinar will help you learn the best way to dress for the elements.

Learn the fundamental principles you need to know about fabrics and layering so your time outdoors is comfortable and enjoyable. A special focus is on outdoor clothing designed specifically for women.

Kay Okey

Spring Lake Park Classes


Nordic Walking Class

September 15, 4 - 5:15 p.m., fee $12, Lakeside Lions Park. Register at Registration deadline is September 8.

Anyone can do it! Nordic walking takes a simple walk and turns it into a full body workout and it does not feel like you are working any harder. Increase your heart rate, burn more calories, strengthen your upper body, and create resistance to build better bone density. Poles are provided. This class is open to all adults.

Women’s Kayaking Day Trip

October 5, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., fee $39, Interstate Park. Register at Registration deadline is September 29.

No kayaking experience is necessary! Participants will meet at Interstate Park near Taylors Falls. Transportation is not provided. You’ll need a Minnesota State Parks pass for entry. The one-way trip begins below the falls and ends at the Osceola landing. Open seated Kayaks and life jackets are provided, and participants are required to wear life jackets.

Wargo Nature Center Women's Hiking Club

Hiking time 1 – 2:30 p.m., free, locations vary. Register at September 24 at Bunker Hills Regional Park, October 15 at Wargo Nature Center, November 19 at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Dec 17 at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve.

Are you looking to get out to explore, get exercise, and enjoy nature? Join a group of women to explore a variety of Anoka County Parks. A naturalist will help guide the group and provide general instruction. Specific locations for each hike will be emailed to registered participants. These hikes are for women ages 16+.

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Women’s Mindful Paddle and BWCA Camp Out for Beginners

September 14 - 19, Fee $1,550, Minimum 4, Register by emailing

The adventure’s home base is at the Points Unknown homestead in the remote north woods of Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region. It is led by BOW dog sledding instructor, Linda Newman and Windcradle’s Mary Ellen Ashcroft, Author, former English Professor, current creative writing instructor for the Grand Marais Art Colony and 25+ year canoe guide. We will stay the first night in the Points Unknown Guest Suite.  We then head up the Arrowhead Trail to the least utilized entry point into the BWCAW for four days of paddling and three nights of camping out. We will spend our final night in the Points Unknown Guest Suite.

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.

  • September 7 - Dress for the outdoors
  • September 14 - Grouse hunting basics
  • September 21 - Preparation for a successful archery season
  • September 28 - Hawk Ridge: Counting birds for conservation and birding along the North Shore

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.