This month’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop will feature kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding among nearly 30 other classes, hikes and activities.

[Courtesy BOW]

The Arizona Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is inviting women to a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop April 25-27 at Friendly Pines Camp outside Prescott.

Classes include horsemanship, outdoor photography, birding and hiking. Archery, fly-fishing, Dutch oven cooking, shotgun, rifle and pistol shooting are also offered. There are more than 30 topics for participants to choose from.

The workshop introduces women to outdoors skills in an enjoyable, non-threatening environment with expert instructors. Classes are held during the day, and the evenings are filled with fun and entertainment like night hikes, fly tying and motivational speakers.

“BOW is about much more than hunting and fishing or even camping and paddling,” says Linda Dightmon, coordinator for the program. “It is all about learning to appreciate our wild lands and wildlife and how to help conserve them. It is all about learning a new skill or conquering an old fear. It is all about meeting like-minded women and making new friends. It could be all about learning a lot more about you.”

Participants stay in rustic cabins, but there are showers and bathrooms in each cabin. The only thing the participant needs to bring is her personal stuff, a good attitude and a willingness to learn.

Class materials, food and lodging are included in the $245 registration fee.

For information, a schedule of classes, and a registration form, go to or call the Arizona Wildlife Federation office at (480) 644-0077.

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