Fall Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

Late Summer and early Fall 2023

BOW Workshop

BOW Fall Workshop

September 15 - 17, 2023, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN, fee $211. On-line registration opens August 1 at 9 a.m. at BOW Fall Workshop Registration.

Class offerings include some old favorites, such as fly-fishing for trout, rifle range and canoeing. New classes 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.   

Wings North Pheasant Hunt

NEW! Pheasant Hunt

September 9, Wings North, Pine City, MN, fee $150, register by emailing or calling Jennifer Piasecki-Dums at jenniep85@gmail.com or 218-428-4729.

Join us for an afternoon of pheasant hunting! This hunt is open to all experience levels including beginner pheasant hunters. Hunt includes guide with dog and dinner after the hunt. Bring your own shotgun and non-toxic ammunition. Lead shot is not al allowed. For more details, please contact BOW's Steering Committee member, Jennifer.

Deer Archery Hunt

October 13 - 15, 2023, UM Cedar Creek East Bethel, MN, fee $120. Fee includes lodging, blinds, and mentors. Register by emailing Linda.Bylander@state.mn.us.

There is still space to register for the archery deer hunt. This hunt is for women who have gone through our turkey archery series in the past and/or are proficient archers and want to learn deer hunting. This is a two-day mentored hunt. You'll need your own hunting archery equipment and hunting license. Space is limited.


Women Classes at Regional Parks

Sunset Canoe for Women, August 25, 6 - 8 p.m., Hyland Lake Park reserve, Bloomington, MN, fee $12. Register by calling Three Rivers Park at 763-559-6700. Enjoy the sunset while canoeing on a beautiful lake with instructors from the Outdoor Recreation School. Prior canoeing experience required. Women, femme, and non-binary folks are welcome at this program. Equipment is provided for this program. Reservations required by two days prior.

Nordic Walking, September 13 or 20, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Lakeside Lions Park, Spring Lake Park, MN, fee $12. Register for this class at https://slprec.org/parksrec. Nordic Walking is an enhanced walking technique that uses specially designed poles to work your upper body as well as your legs. Burn more calories, improve your posture and gait, an strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. Poles provided by instructor.

St. Croix Fall Paddle, September 21, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Interstate State Park, Taylor Falls, MN, fee $41. Register for this Spring Lake Parks class at www.slprec.org. Join instructors Kay Okey and Deb Gallop as you enjoy a fall day on the river kayaking one way from Interstate State Park boat landing (state park vehicle permit required) to Osceola landing. Class includes instruction on entering and exiting a kayak and proper paddling techniques with different paddle strokes. Bring rain gear, full water bottle, and shoes that can get wet. Kayak trip lasts 2 - 3 hours. Once at the Osceola landing, we will be shuttled via bus back to our vehicles. Life jackets are required to be worn at all times. Open seated kayaks provided along with paddles and jackets. Please feel free to bring your own life jacket.  


Points-Unknown Classes

Women's Off-Grid Lifestyle Immersion Experiences, multiple dates: August 21 - 24, September 18 - 21, or October 16 - 19, Hovland, MN, fee $348 which includes three nights lodging. For more information and how to register visit https://www.points-unknown.com/women/.

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. Depending on season, experiences may include sled dog 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.

  • 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.