Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) offers hands-on, outdoor workshops held in a safe, supportive atmosphere with patient, enthusiastic instructors. No experience or special equipment is necessary. BOW is for adult women of all ages and fitness levels.
The program began in 1991, offered through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The first workshop, held at Treehaven Field Station near Tomahawk, filled to capacity with over 100 participants. This successful program, founded by Dr. Christine Thomas, has become popular in more than 40 states, several Canadian provinces and New Zealand.
Today, Wisconsin's BOW program is still going strong, and we still hold multi-course workshops twice a year at Treehaven Field Station as well as Beyond BOW events almost every month! In 2011, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the program, and with the response we get from our participants, we expect this is only the beginning!
Peggy Farrell is the director of the International and Wisconsin Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) programs. In her 17 years with BOW, she has welcomed thousands of women to the outdoors by teaching them beginner-level outdoor skills that help them better enjoy nature and feel more confident.
Farrell's outdoor writing has been published in magazines including Wisconsin Natural Resources, North American Hunter, and North American Fisherman and has been featured in a variety of newspapers and on-line publications. Her diverse background includes training in natural resources, journalism, public relations, advertising, editing and publishing, and huntereducation. Farrell has a master's degree in environmental education from UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources.
She lives on a small farm outside Amherst, Wisconsin with Border Collies Oona and Andrew, along with several fancy-breed domestic chickens and geese. Farrell's interests include turkey hunting, gardening, music, poetry, and fishing.
Enjoy this video of a recent BOW workshop at Treehaven...