Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) and Beyond BOW are programs designed to teach women outdoor skills. These programs provide women with information, encouragement and hands-on instruction in outdoor skills such as fishing, shooting, archery, hunting, trapping, outdoor photography, map and compass, survival, camping, canoeing and outdoor cooking. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops are designed primarily for women who have little or no experience with outdoor activities. These are three-day workshops that offer many different classes over the course of a weekend.
Beyond BOW workshops are another opportunity for women to learn outdoor skills and are anything we offer that is not the traditional three-day BOW workshop. They may be "next step" classes for women who have completed a beginner class at a BOW workshop. They may be one day, one subject classes. They may even be an actual hunt, canoe trip or camp-out.
BOW and Beyond BOW workshops are open to anyone aged 18 and over - past participants have ranged in age from late teens to the mid-eighties!
"This and previous workshops have really changed my life. I participate in so many activities that I never would have tried otherwise. My husband doesn't hunt or fish, so when I go out to do these things I'm alone, and the education I got here gave me the start I needed to get going and continue enjoying these activities."
"I came here feeling a little out of place and intimidated and am leaving feeling very comfortable and excited about trying some of my new found fishing and hiking skills."
"This program fulfilled a lifelong yearning I have had. Thank you."
"Great instructors, every single one was high quality: knowledgeable, practical & kind."
"I had a great time, I learned a lot and really enjoyed myself. I would highly recommend this program to any woman interested in learning more about our great outdoors. I'm looking forward to going again next year, there are so many other things I would love to try. Without these workshops I would never be able to try out so many new things. I also really enjoyed being with other women that would like to fish & hunt."
"It is a life experience! I wanted to learn skills that my husband, brother and father never had a chance to teach me. And to challenge myself without the guys around, I felt this was my chance."
"This is an extremely wonderful program that brings women together - all ages, all walks of life, with similar interests. It empowers women to take on a challenge that they may have been intimidated to take on their own."
Upcoming BOW Workshops:
The 2016 BOW workshop will be September 16-18, 2016 at Greek Peak Mountain Resort near Cortland, NY (Central NY).
Registration materials will be ready in June. To receive an email notification when registration opens, enter your email address in the blue DEC Delivers box at the top of this page.
To see what a BOW workshop is like and what courses are often offered, here is the BOW workshop booklet from our last workshop 2015 BOW Workshop Course Guide (PDF) (144 kB).
If you have questions, please call (518) 402-8862, e-mail us, or write to: NYS Outdoors-Woman, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4754.
Upcoming Beyond BOW Workshops:
Beyond BOW workshops are any event other than the 3-day, 30+ courses BOW workshop listed above. To get the most updated information on all Beyond BOW events, enter your email address in the blue DEC Delivers box at the top of this page.
Women's Turkey Hunting Skills Workshop - Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 North Main St., Canastota NY
Turkey hunting expert Lin Menninger will share her knowledge and techniques to help you bag your first turkey this year. You will learn how to choose the right equipment for taking New York's largest game bird. Try different types of calls and learn how to use decoys, look at clothing choices, go over the special regulations and, most importantly, learn how to hunt turkeys safely! Minimum age - 12 years. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is Limited. $35.00 per person. Register by April 8. For more info & to register contact Julie at 315-697-2950 or email@example.com. Provide full name, email and postal addresses and best phone number to reach you. Class will take place rain or shine. Bring snack, water bottle and waterproof footwear.
Women's Kayaking Tours and Skills Sessions with Seabirds International
Saturday Tours 10 am - 12 pm
June 18 - Buffalo River
July 16 - 18 Mile Creek and Lake Erie
August 27 - Sunset Bay, Irving
Wednesday Skills Sessions 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Beginners - June 22, Sunset Bay, Irving
Advanced Beginner - July 20, 18 Mile Creek and Lake Erie
Intermediate - August 3, Gallagher Beach, Buffalo
Cost: $60 for two hours ($120 value) Space limited, book early! For information or to register contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two classes offered Saturday, September 3 near Olean
Strokes and Maneuvers Refinement, 11am-1pm
Kayak Safety and Rescue, 2pm-4pm
Take one or both classes. Cost: $80 (BOW rate a $150 value). Spaces limited to four per session, book early to avoid disappointment, email@example.com Participants will receive an ACA participation card which can be shown for kayak activities requiring these skills.
Outdoor Guided Adirondack Events
Stalking the Adirondack Ostrich: Ferns, Flowers & Trees of the Adirondacks
Saturday, May 14, 2016 $45*
Become Skilled with Map & Compass
Saturday, June 25, 2016 $45*
Saturday, October 29, 2016 $45*
The Complete Hiker - Fun and Safety in the Wildlands
Saturday, July 23, 2016 $45*
Adirondack Byway: A Raquette Falls Hike & Paddle
Saturday, August 20, 2016 $45* (plus option of canoe/kayak rental)
Wilderness First Aid, 9-hour Certification Program
Sunday, September 11, 2016 $110
High Peak Jaunt: Views from the Summit
Friday, September 30, 2016 $45*
Winter Survival - Fire building, Sheltering and More
Saturday January 17, 2017 $45*
Snowshoe Round Pond Esker and Fens
Saturday, February 11, 2017 $30*
Weather permitting (plus optional snowshoe rental)
Registration required. Cost does not include meals or lodging. To register or for more information contact Sonny and Sheila Young at Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC
518-359-8194 www.adkfoothills.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's Guided Fishing Trips on Lake Ontario
Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and/or Steelhead with Captain Dave Wilson aboard his 28' Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over.
July 9, 2016 at 5:30 am or 1:30 pm
July 10, 2016 at 5:30 am or 1:30 pm
July 17, 2016 at 5:30 am or 1:30 pm
August 6, 2016 5:30 am or 1:30 pm
August 22 at 5:30 am or 1:30 pm
August 28 at 5:30 am
September 4 at 5:30 am or 1:30 pm
All depart from Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY
Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.
Pre-registration is required.
Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email@example.com
For further information on the BOW or Beyond BOW program, contact: NYS Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4754 or call (518) 402-8862.
More about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman:
- Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Photo Gallery - images of participants in Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) and Beyond BOW Workshops.