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DNR announces Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman events

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman program will offer a two Beyond BOW events this fall at venues in Emmett and Marquette counties.

The BOW program gives women,18 and older, an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. In addition to being fun to participate in, many of the BOW and Beyond BOW classes offer instruction on important outdoor skills, safety and appropriate outdoor clothing attire.

SUNSET HIKE, Marquette County: 6 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 25th

Description: Our evening hike will begin with some daylight, about 45 minutes before the sun sets. Instructors will provide hot water and a variety of tea and hot chocolate packets. We’ll get to our destination with plenty of time to enjoy a hot beverage while we wait for the sun to set. After the sun sets, we’ll return to the vehicles via the same trail.

Location: Participants will meet at a trailhead about 5 miles outside of Marquette (must have a Recreation Passport or State of Michigan day pass to park).

Experience: We plan to hike between 2-3 miles. The trail is moderate, with about 300 ft of elevation gain in the first mile.

Required Items:

  • Headlamp (the sun will set while we’re out there)
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Clothing and outerwear appropriate for the weather/conditions.
  • Insulated Mug (if you want a hot beverage at the destination)

CABIN CAMPING, Wilderness State Park, Emmett County: 4 p.m. EDT Nov. 3-5

Wilderness State Park is a public recreation area bordering Lake Michigan, 5 miles southwest of Mackinaw City in Emmet County in Northern Michigan. The state park's 10,512 acres include 26 miles of shoreline, diverse forested dune and swale complexes, wetlands, camping areas, and many miles of hiking trails. The park is also a designated dark sky preserve offering stellar views of the sky and is just 9 miles from Headlands Dark Sky Park. The terrain is a mixture of dense coniferous forest and mature hardwood forest, with pockets of open meadows and carpets of wildflowers in the spring. There is an abundance of small ponds mixed in with coniferous wetlands.

Lodging: We will be staying in rustic bunkhouses, which are large log cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. Our lodging will have bunk beds and is equipped with a cafeteria-style folding table and a wood stove. Each participant will have a bunk bed to themselves for sleeping and storing luggage. There is electricity in the lodging quarters. There is no running water. However, water is available at park headquarters. Please bring appropriate water containers for transport back to the cabins. There are lights, a ceiling fan and outlets, but no refrigerator. There is a fire pit and picnic table outside. Vault toilets are nearby. Flush toilets and showers are not available. Parking is nearby, but participants will still need to carry their belongings up to a few hundred yards.


  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • No special equipment needed (See packing list for more details)

Activities will include:

  • Hiking (Example hike: 3.5 miles, mostly flat)
  • Knot tying
  • Backcountry camping
  • Backcountry stoves and water filters
  • Wilderness survival
  • Navigation/deer scouting hike
  • Archery
  • DIY first aid kit (*Supplies are provided, and you get to bring yours home)
  • DIY fire starting kit (*Supplies are provided, and you get to bring yours home)
  • Yoga
  • Other evening entertainment

We will enjoy some activities together, while for others we will break into smaller groups. This means that you will not get to do all the above activities, but a selection of them. At registration, we will ask you to rank activities in order of preference and will assign schedules accordingly. No specific guarantees for particular class assignments can be made.

Registration materials for the Beyond BOW workshops are available at closer to these events.


The traditional Winter BOW workshop will be held at the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Feb. 23-25, 2024.

Registration materials for the winter event are on the website. Those signed-up for BOW email notifications will receive an email when event details and registration materials are available on the DNR website.

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For questions, contact BOW coordinator at