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Registration open for this winter's 'Becoming an Outdoors- Woman' program in the Upper Peninsula

Nov. 24, 2021

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today registration is open for this winter's "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" program, which is set for Feb. 25-27, 2022, in Marquette County.

This winter will mark the 21st annual winter BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

"Registration for this popular program always fills up fast, so don't delay," said Michelle Zellar, BOW program coordinator. "We've had as many as 100 women attend the weekend's activities."

The BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in two dozen different types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter camping and shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, winter biking, wilderness first aid, wood burning, snowshoeing, along with several new features, such as wild game preserving and canning.

Instructors provide basic and advanced teaching that is tailored to each participant's individual ability. The program also includes special evening programs during the weekend.

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

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

The $225 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials. Scholarships are also available on a limited basis.

Class information, registration materials and scholarship applications, are available online to print at Payment and registration materials should be sent to the address on the registration paperwork in Newberry.

For more information on the winter BOW program, contact Michelle Zellar at the DNR office in Newberry at 906-293-5131 ext. 4004, or by e-mail at