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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.

2019 Becoming An Outdoors Woman Workshops

June 7-9, at Lorado Taft Field Campus, Oregon, IL. THE JUNE 7-9 WORKSHOP IS FULL.

June 2019 Lorado Taft Workshop Itinerary

June 2019 Lorado Taft Class Descriptions


September 27-29, at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Carbondale, IL.

Workshop registration will begin around the beginning of July.


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


September 2018 BOW Workshop at Touch of Nature Environmental Center

Another wonderful weather weekend at Touch of Nature! We had a little bit smaller group than normal but fun was had by all. Special thanks to a few instructors who stepped in at the last minute and helped us out...Tim Sellman - Wilderness First Aid, Chris Flemming - Rifle, Alex Holmes - Outdoor Cooking, and Gypsy - Walking Sticks and Nature Crafts. Another special thanks to Jennifer Randolph (Naturalist at Giant City State Park) who not only contacted all of the above instructors but also taught classes, got raffle prizes and flashed that big smile of hers around the workshop, thanks Jen! BOW workshops in Illinois continue to be a place where women of all ages can come together, experience the camaraderie of nature and outdoor activities, learn some great outdoor skills and leave the workshops wanting more. Enough said.......good job workshop instructors! See you in 2019.


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!


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