WON Landing Page OCT 2022

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman to offer three-day workshop in Alabama

Nature-based recreation is an increasingly popular pastime among families. Yet, many women encounter barriers to the outdoors. Thanks to the exciting Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, scores of women are successfully overcoming these barriers. The BOW program is more than just an event, it is a nationwide movement.

BOW is a three day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older. The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun and non-threatening learning environment. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, shooting sports (pistol, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, as well as gun safety), fishing, hunting, canoeing, nature photography, nature crafts, archery, ATV handling, bird watching, motor boat handling, and more.


Photo courtesy of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

This workshop is for you if . . .

  • You have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • You are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.
  • You already do some of these activities but would like to learn some new ones.
  • You enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is held twice each year at the Alabama 4H Center near Columbiana in Shelby County. The cost for the weekend adventure is $225 and covers meals, lodging, program materials and instruction. All instructional equipment is provided.

Like BOW, the Beyond BOW events offer hands-on instruction in a fun and non-threatening learning environment. Beyond BOW, as the name implies, takes you beyond, or to the next level, as you strive to sharpen your skills.  While it is not required that you’ve attended a BOW Workshop, it is recommended. Beyond BOWs may take place in one day, or occur over a weekend in different parts of the beautiful state of Alabama.

BOW and Beyond BOW offerings are made possible by a cooperative effort between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and our foundation, the Alabama Conservation & Natural Resources Foundation, Inc. (ACRNF, Inc.).

For additional information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman contact:

Sylvia Payne, Coordinator
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
AL Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
64 North Union Street, Suite 106

Call: 800-262-3151

Email: sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov


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