Winter BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

Winter 2022/2023

dark house fishing

BOW Winter Workshop 2023!

January 20 - 22, fee $195, Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone, MN. On-line registration opens mid-November at BOW Website.

Join Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) for our annual Winter Workshop. Classes include dark house fishing, snowshoeing, archery, ice fishing, introduction to firearms, custom wood signs, turkey call carving, wild game cooking, nature hikes, cross country skiing, building wood duck houses, learn to archery turkey hunt, and more.

The workshop fee includes lodging, all meals, classes, equipment, Saturday evening program on peregrines, campfires and fun! The workshop is open to women 18 and older, and girls 14+ with a guardian. Register early for best class selection!

Cross country ski

Three Rivers Park District Women's Cross Country Ski Classes


Registration is required for all Three River Park District classes. Register by calling Three Rivers Parks at 763-559-6700.

Classic Cross Country Ski Classes

January 14, 12:30 - 2 p.m., fee $24, Elm Creek Park OR January  21, Noon - 1:30 pm, fee $24, Hyland Lake Park.

Learn proper equipment fitting, diagonal stride, stopping, turning and hill techniques. This class is for beginner level skiers and those wanting a review. Equipment rental available for additional $12 plus tax.

Skate Cross Country Ski Classes

January 14, 10 - 11:30 a.m., fee $28, Elm Creek Park OR January  21, 9:30 - 11 a.m., fee $28, Hyland Lake Park.

Learn basic skate skiing skills. Practice push off, weight transfer, glide and poling. Prior classic skiing experience recommended. Equipment rental available for additional $17 plus tax. 

Women's Beginner Skate Ski Club

Every Monday starting January 2 - February 20, 7 - 8:30 p.m., fee $115 for eight sessions, Hyland Lake Park.

Take your skate skiing to the next level with an instructor and meet other women with a similar passion. Improve fundamental skills and refine technique with fun drills and practice while improving your fitness. Participants must have taken at least one skate ski lesson and be comfortable on skis.

Linda Newman and dogs

Dog Mushing! Women's Winter Adventure

February 2 - 5, 2023, fee $1495, Grand Marais/Hovland, To register and for more information visit:

This off grid experience is for women who want to actively participate in every aspect of dog sledding. The highlight is learning to run a small team of sled dogs on miles and miles of beautiful trails in the remote wilderness of northern Minnesota. At Points Unknown, we offer step by step instruction with an atmosphere of encouragement, support and teamwork. A lot goes into an off-grid, solar-powered lifestyle with sled dogs in a remote location and you will get to experience many aspects of it during your stay.

In addition, if you have any energy left, there are other activities available to you that include snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. (Please bring your own snowshoes and/or skies.) We want each participant to receive the maximum amount of hands-on experience and one-one instruction. This adventure is limited to SIX participants. 

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.

  • November 2 - Preserving your hunt
  • November 9 - You bike in winter?! Explore all that fat biking has to offer
  • November 16 The art of wildlife photography
  • November 23 - Minnesota State Park opportunities
  • November 30 - Fishing for northern pike

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.