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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

September 27-29, at Touch of Nature Environmental Center / Giant City State Park, Carbondale, IL.

Workshop registration is underway! After reviewing the workshop class descriptions, please download Application Page 1 & 2, complete both pages, and return with your check for $240. If you have any questions concerning the classes or the workshop itinerary, please contact the program coordinator (listed below).


Class Descriptions                                                                              Workshop Capacity:      90 Partcipants
Touch of Nature Itinerary                                                                  Current # Registered:    91
The spring 2020 BOW workshop at Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, IL is scheduled for June 12-14. Workshop Registration will begin around March 1, 2020. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!!

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


June 2019 BOW Workshop at Lorado Taft Field Campus

As you can see from the above pic, there were a lot of participants at the June 7-9 workshop......95 to be exact! We received a window of good weather which was out of the ordinary for what northern Illinois had been receiving for the last three months. We certainly had a fun and enthusiast bunch again, not only in the classes but everyone stepping up in the raffle as well. The workshop raffle brought in close to $2,800 for the program. Great job ladies! Registration for the Sept. 27-29 workshop at Touch of Nature in Carbondale, IL will begin sometime in early July. Please pass the word on that and look for the registration materials on this website. I hope all of you participants enjoyed the June workshop as much as I did. THANK YOU to all of our workshop instructors, raffle donors, Lorado Taft staff, and Joel & Taylor for their contribution to this workshop. Hope to see you all at a future Illinois BOW workshop! 

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.




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