Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
Welcoming You to the Outdoors
Glancing around the campfire more often than not you'll see more males than females sharing each other's company and love of the outdoors. Why? A variety of barriers prevent women from participating in outdoor recreation, but typically they were not given an opportunity to learn outdoor skills as girls or young adults. The "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program wants to change that.
Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where women feel comfortable learning new skills associated with hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities, in a supportive and non-threatening environment.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is a three-day weekend workshop designed for women. It is an opportunity for any female 18 years or older to learn new outdoor skills - skills not only associated with hunting and fishing, but also useful for many other outdoor pursuits. 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 try your hand at some new ones
- you are just looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals
Here's Your Opportunity
What can I expect from a " Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" workshop?
Workshops are scheduled across the state depending on scheduling and availability of hosting facilities. BOW workshops may occur in South, West, North, or East Texas and include the Hill Country too.
Workshops span a weekend, usually beginning on Friday around noon and lasting through Sunday noon. The weekend is divided into four sessions and you pick the classes in which you'd like to participate. Typically, 6-8 classes per session are offered.
"I came away from the course with the confidence that hey, I can do this! Not to mention the opportunity to meet folks who share similar interests."
Karen E., Copperas Cove
Class topics are diverse but can be divided into three areas: shooting sports, fishing, and non-harvest activities (like camping, kayaking, and plant identification). As much as possible the classes are taught with the "hands-on" approach and equipment is provided.
"BOW really taught me what I needed to know." Mary J., Euless
Usually, workshops are held at summer camps and outdoor learning facilities. The atmosphere is "outdoorsy" but comfortable. Participants are housed in bunkhouses, cabins or dormitory like rooms with modern conveniences like AC, toilets, hot showers, etc.
"It was great fun, and hopefully it will lead to a lasting source of pleasure for me. It truly was a rewarding experience." Nancy F., Austin
Workshop Brochure (PDF 784.8 KB)
Looking for an opportunity closer to home?
Consider joining our affiliate program the Texas Outdoors-Woman Network (TOWN). There are several groups in various metropolitan areas of Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I register for a workshop?
Registration materials are mailed (e-mail and regular mail) out 4-5 weeks before the date of the workshop. Or you can print off a digital version of the forms from this website. The electronic forms are accessible at the same time as the materials are mailed.
To add yourself to our mailing list, complete and submit this form.
How much is the fee?
The fee for participation will vary based on the fees being charged by the hosting facility. This includes two nights lodging, meals, instruction and equipment use. A few classes will require an additional fee but these fees are known upfront during the registration process. Payment methods may also vary based on what the facility will accept.
How long is the workshop?
The workshops begin around 10 a.m. on Friday and end around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
What classes are offered?
At each workshop there are 10-15 different classes offered. During the weekend participants will take 4 different classes in the three-day period. Each set of registration forms provides a brief description of the classes.
Will I get all my favorite classes?
We process registration forms on a first-come, first-served basis. Every attempt is made to register you for your first choice classes, but sometimes they become full and we’ll have to enroll you in your second or third choices. The registration packet will provide clear instructions on how to list your top picks.
How will I know what my class schedule is?
A confirmation packet will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the date of the workshop. It will provide information on your class schedule, directions to the facility, a packing list, and other necessary details.
What am I required to bring?
When you register for the workshop a suggested packing list is made available to you. Mainly, you’ll need to provide your own clothing, bedding (sheets, sleeping bag, pillow, etc.), linens (towel, washcloth), and traditional camp items like a flashlight, rain jacket, sunscreen, etc. We provide all the recreational and safety equipment necessary to participate in the classes.
I have other questions - Who do I call?
Phone: (281) 534-0126
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