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.
There are no Beyond BOW workshops scheduled yet for 2016. To get the most updated information on all BOW events, enter your email address in the blue DEC Delivers box at the top of this page.
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.