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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

Summer and early Fall 2023

BOW participants

BOW Fall Workshop

September 15 - 17, 2023, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN. On-line registration opens August 1 on the BOW Website

Save the date for our Fall BOW Workshop. Class offerings include some of the favorites such as fly-fishing for trout, rifle range and canoeing. New classes for fall include wood duck houses, mountain biking, nature and wellness, puppy training and more. Workshops are a great way for women to learn new skills and meet new people who are also interested in the outdoors.   

Turkey hunters

Deer Archery Hunt

October 13-15, 2023, UM Cedar Creek East Bethel, MN, fee $120. Fee includes lodging, blinds and mentors.

Registration is now open for women who have gone through our turkey archery series or are proficient archers and want to learn deer hunting. To register for the hunt email This is a two-day mentored hunt. You'll need your own hunting archery equipment and hunting license. Space is limited.

NEW! Deer Gun Hunt

October 20 - 22, 2023, Eagle Bluff, Lanesboro, MN, fee $100. Fee includes two-day women mentored hunt, firearms and ammunition, platform stands, lodging and potluck meals. To register for the hunt, or more information, email Space is limited to three hunters. 

This is a great opportunity for women to learn how to deer hunt with a firearm. Prior to the hunt we will host two classes to learn deer hunting basics, regulations, safety and to practice range shooting. These classes are scheduled for August 26 and September 9 in Jordan, MN. Women will need to be firearm safety certified (FAS) and purchase a hunting license to participate in this hunt. You can take FAS on-line any time prior to the October hunt.


Three Rivers Park District Classes 


Flatwater Kayaking for Women, June 24, 2 - 4 p.m., Cleary Lake Regional Park, fee $50, register by calling 763-559-6700. Learn safety skills and proper paddling technique with Outdoor Recreation School instructors. Beginners and anyone who has never had formal kayak instruction will gain knowledge and skills from this class. Women, femme and non-binary folks are welcome at this program. Equipment provided. Reservations required by two days prior.

Stand-up Paddleboard for Women, July 2, 9 - 11 a.m., Bryant Lake Regional Park, fee $35, register by calling 763-559-6700. Join Outdoor Recreation School instructors to learn the fundamental skills and versatility of stand-up paddleboarding. You will learn about the equipment, how to paddle safely in variable conditions, basic strokes, and the many ways to enjoy the board from laying, sitting, and kneeling to standing. Experience getting off and on your board in the water with confidence. For people new to paddleboarding and those looking to improve their skills. Women, femme and non-binary folks are welcome at this program. Equipment provided. Registration required by two days prior. 


Points-Unknown Classes


Women's Off-Grid Lifestyle Immersion Experiences, multiple dates: June 19 - 22, July 24 - 27, August 21 - 24, September 18 - 21, or October 16 - 19, fee $348 which includes three nights lodging. For more information and how to register visit

Bring your friends and/or come and meet new friends. You will be immersed in our off-grid wilderness lifestyle with sled dogs. Lodging is in our guest suite and tiny cabins. Each month and season offers a different experience. Depending on season experiences may include sled dogs care, beeswax candle tour, plant medicine identification and use, hiking to some of the most beautiful places in the world, and dark sky sanctuary gazing just out the back door. Some extra options include mindful paddling into the BWCA and Fall Sled Dog training on wheels.

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.

  • June 21 - Off-road vehicle safety, rules and trails
  • June 28 - Reconnecting fish populations: Dams, culverts and other fish barriers
  • July 5 - Tips to safely catch and release fish
  • July 12 - Fawn research and what we are learning about white-tailed deer
  • July 19 - The art of falconry
  • July 26 - Frogs and toads in Minnesota
  • August 2 - Exploring the Conservation Partners Legacy grant program
  • August 9 - Kayak fishing in Minnesota
  • August 16 - Cattails: Friend or foe?
  • August 23 - Deer Season updates and opportunities
  • August 30 - Live from the Minnesota State Fair: fish pond and other delights

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.