Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is a non-profit, educational program offering hands-on workshops to adult women. We encourage a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun. No experience is necessary and BOW is for women of all ages and fitness levels.

The "Original BOW" workshop format  is a 3-day, multi-course event with more than 20 classes to choose from including fly fishing, archery, shotgun and rifle shooting, wildlife habitat, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping, nature photography, basic fishing, boat and trailer and more.

Several states also offer "Beyond BOW" opportunities which might include 1-3 day events with a single topic like a day at the shooting range, charter fishing, kayaking on a local lake, a weekend of camping, or an archery clinic.

Facebook Live links:

Kelly VanLaanen demonstrates how find and render pine sap, and then make an herbal salve with it!

Kelly on Facebook Live

"BOW Destinations" are specialty trips to special destinations offered in partnership with Green Edventures.

BOW Destinations trips are on pause due to University of Wisconsin travel restrictions, but there are still opportunities to travel with like-minded women on extraordinary adventures offered by our partners, Green Edventures Tours.

Click the link below to see available trips. Use Discount Code BOW2021 when you sign up and you will receive a $100-200 discount off of your trip, plus Green Edventures will donate $100 to BOW for each person who registered for a trip using Discount Code BOW2021.

There is a waiting list for the Iceland trip. Contact us to have your name added to the waiting list


Visit state and provincial BOW websites by selecting a location below:

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State/Province​ ​Contact
Alabama Marisa Futral
Alaska​​ Nancy Sisinyak
Tracy Smith Southcentral
Kristin Romanoff
Arkansas​Lea Gray

British Columbia​

Joann Bosch​

Sarahbeth Gonsalves
Maureen Mika
Lynne Pusey
Lynne Hawk
Katie McCollum
Mitch Ingold
Danielle Shrake
(317) 232-4194
Rachel Ladd   
(515) 729-6037
Megan Wisecup
Jami McCabe

(270) 245-7612

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State/Province​ ​Contact

South Dakota​
Maggie Lindsey
Donald Hosse
Heidi Rao


West VirginiaSissie Summers

Peggy Farrell
Wyoming​ Kathryn Boswell
SCIF Sables
Jackson, Wyoming​
Sue Hanker

Words From Alumni

"I would like to share with all women that if you have been afraid to try any of the programs BOW offers you should just do it. Whatever apprehensions you have will be gone in the first few hours. The instructors are incredible and the women are all so friendly. We are all on equal ground; you won't feel intimidated."
"This was the most rewarding experience I have ever participated in."
"Many questions were asked and answered and there wasn't one
person who felt intimidated by their lack of knowledge."
"The quality of instruction was outstanding"
"Good program, good food, good friends."
"I can't believe what this weekend did for my self esteem."