Registration Opens for DNR’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” | News, sports, jobs

Marquette – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that registration is open for this summer “Being an outdoors woman” The program, which is set for June 2-4, is in Marquette County.

This 26th summer BOW gathering will feature women, 18 years and over, who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere.

“Becoming an Outdoors Woman is a program in which each individual is encouraged to learn at their own pace,” said Michelle Douglas, BOW program coordinator in Newbury. “The focus of the program is on the enjoyment, fun, and camaraderie of outdoor activities and sharing in each other’s success.”

The BOW Summer Program is sponsored by DNR and offers instruction in over twenty-five different types of activities, including kayaking, wilderness survival, fishing, mountain biking, shooting sports, boating, safety, birding, outdoor photography, and backpacking.

We are very excited to introduce some new classes to our program such as Introduction to Canoe Tumbling, Citizens Science with iNaturalist, Introduction to Waterfowl Hunting, Horseback Riding on the Equestrian Trail, Beach Yoga in Lake Superior and more!

“Volunteer BOW Coaches provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to each participant’s individual ability, helping participants learn the basics in a short period of time,” Douglas said.

BOW participants stay and take their classes at Bay Cliff Health Camp, a globally accessible facility overlooking Lake Superior, which is located about 30 miles north of Marquette near the Big Bay.

Participants will be housed in a lodge-style facility with amenities including a sauna, hiking and biking trails, and easy access to northern hardwood forests and Lake Superior.

“The summer program usually fills up quickly, so early registration is encouraged,” Douglas said.

The $300 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies. The deadline for registration is May 19. A limited number of partial BOW Scholarships are available to assist low-income participants with the cost of enrollment. The scholarship application deadline is May 3.

Class information and enrollment materials are available online at Registrations must be mailed, with payment, to the Newberry Customer Service Center mentioned on the form.

For more information about the BOW program, contact Michelle Douglas at the DNR Customer Service Center in Newbury 517-582-3854, or by email at [email protected].

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