Registration for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) 26th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop opens Monday, June 17.
The BOW workshop will be held from Sept. 13-15, 2019, at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center on Lake George in the Adirondacks.
BOW workshops provide hands-on instruction and experiential learning in a supportive environment. Courses may include basic fishing, fly fishing, archery, crossbow, shotgun and rifle shooting, kayaking, hiking, camping, stand-up paddle boarding, wild plant identification, boat and trailer towing, hunter education, Dutch-oven cooking, wilderness survival, and more. Courses being offered for the first time this year include K-9 first aid, hawk-watching, intro to hobby farming, and basic self-defense for women.
The workshop is limited to 125 women participants, ages 18 and older. The cost for the three-day workshop ranges from $305 to $450 per participant, depending on lodging and courses selected. Because the workshops are popular, DEC will use a lottery system to draw participants from those who apply. In addition, applications are available for a limited number of partial scholarships.
Registration forms will be posted on DEC’s BOW webpage beginning June 17. Additional information about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is also available on the DEC site, including photo galleries and testimonials from previous workshops, and information on day-long and weekend-long Beyond BOW workshops.
To contact DEC about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, call (518) 402-8963, or write to: NY Outdoors-Women, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4754.