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DNR offers Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman winter events

One-day workshops help women experience outdoor recreation and education

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer several Beyond BOW events this winter at various locations in Marquette County, Michigan.

The BOW program gives women, 18 and older, an opportunity to improve their outdoors skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. In addition to being fun to participate in, many of the BOW and Beyond BOW classes offer important outdoor skills, including snowshoe and cross-country ski.

Here is a list of the upcoming Beyond BOW events:

  • Feb. 19, 6:20 a.m. EST. Sunrise Snowshoe Hike, Sugarloaf Mountain: Participants will meet at the Sugarloaf Mountain trailhead, located about 5 miles north of Marquette along Marquette County Road 550. We will snowshoe from the trailhead to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Once at the top, the hike leaders will boil water and provide options for coffee, tea or other hot drinks. If you plan to have a hot drink, please remember to pack an insulated mug. Sunrise for that day is at 7:46 a.m. After the sun rises, we will snowshoe back to the trailhead, following the same route.
  • Feb 23, 6 p.m. EST. Evening Lighted Cross-Country Ski, Blueberry Ridge Pathway: Many people newer to skiing have never had an opportunity to ski at night, under lights. Now's your chance! Participants will meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m., located roughly 10 miles south of Marquette along M-553. After a brief Meet and Greet, instructors will share tips and tricks on improving your skiing form. Then, we'll head out to ski. We will ski the loop at least one time and up to three times based on participation.
  • March 1, 6 p.m. EST. Evening Snowshoe Hike, Hogsback Mountain, Little Presque Isle: Have you always wanted to go snowshoeing at night? Well, here's your chance! Participants will meet at the trailhead about 6 miles north of Marquette along Marquette County Road 550. Participants must have a Recreation Passport or Michigan State Day Pass to park. We will snowshoe 2 to 3 miles, before returning to our vehicles.
  • March 20, 4:30 p.m. EDT. Do-It-Yourself Trail Snacks, Marquette Food Coop: In this class you can expect to enjoy at least three homemade trail snacks, including some of the instructor's favorite goodies to bring into the woods or out on the water. Expect this to be a hands-on class and to go home with a goodie bag of fresh trail snacks and recipes to use again in the future. Note: Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate food restrictions. Recipes will contain nuts and may also contain other allergens. The class is appropriate for vegetarians. If you have specific questions, please email

Registration materials for the Beyond BOW workshops are available at

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For questions, contact BOW coordinator Michelle Zellar at or 906-293-5131 ext. 4004.

Contact: Michelle Zellar (BOW), 906-293-5131, Ext 4004, John Pepin (Media), 906-250-7260