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​​Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is a program designed to give women introductory experiences and instruction in various outdoor activities. Three-day weekend workshops include classes ranging from outdoor recreational activities to shooting sports to outdoor crafts and hobbies. Program instructors emphasize the basics in instruction while providing information on equipment, associated clubs and/or organizations, and additional training opportunities. Workshops are open to women 18 years and older. Meals, lodging, transportation during workshops, giveaways, and use of class equipment & supplies are all included in the workshop registration fees. Workshops fill up very quickly so keep an eye on this website for updates and workshop registration materials.



September 28 - 30 at Touch of Nature / Giant City State Park, Carbondale, IL. Workshop registration fee will be $240.  

After reviewing the September 2018 Workshop Itinerary and 2018 Class Descriptions, please complete both Application pages and return those forms, with your check for $240, to the address listed on the bottom of Application Page 1. If you have any questions concerning workshop classes, please contact the BOW Program Coordinator before filling out the Application pages. 





September 2018 Application Page 1

September 2018 Application Page 2

September 2018 Class Descriptions

September 2018 Workshop Itinerary

Scholarship Application Form


Mitch Ingold
BOW Program Coordinator
217-782-7026 (O)   
217-529-7528 (C)​ 


June 2018 BOW Workshop at Lorado Taft Field Campus

Well, I opened my big mouth after the Sept. '17 BOW workshop and went on and on how great the weather was for that workshop. Not so much for the June '18 workshop at Lorado Taft. Rain was around the area, off and on, the entire weekend. We did manage to get most of the classes in because our fantastic instructors know how to roll with it. The weather didn't seem to "dampen" the spirits of our group though as we had just as many smiling faces and group enthusiasm as we did at last September's workshop. I do want to say "GET WELL SOON !!" to all of the participants who had to cancel their participation at the Lorado Taft workshop because of health reasons. We are thinking of you all and hope your treatments and recovery go smoothly. I hope to see you all at future BOW workshops!

September 2017 BOW Workshop at Touch of Nature / Giant City State Park.

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When you wish for perfect weather for an outside event, you would be wishing for the weather we had at this workshop.....70's for highs and 50's for lows, no rain, no humidity. Very enjoyable weather! And what a wonderful group of participants and instructors .....happy, positive, enthusiastic, and motivated. It was a pleasure to be a part of this workshop. I have received many emails from participants stating how much they enjoyed this workshop.....especially the instructors who obviously made quite an impression on the participants. High fives all around! Looking foward to 2018 and more BOW!



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