Registration open for a number of winter Turning into an Outside-Girl outings within the Higher Peninsula


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that registration is open for the annual February winter weekend event, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, as well as several smaller Beyond BOW activities.

The winter weekend of February 24-26, 2023 is aimed at women aged 18+ who are looking for an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere.

Sponsored by the DNR, the BOW program offers instruction in up to two dozen different types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter camping and shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, winter biking, wilderness first aid, wood burning , snowshoeing, as well as several new features such as game preserves and preserves.

Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to each participant’s individual ability. The program also includes special evening programs at weekends.

BOW participants stay and attend their classes at Bay Cliff Health Camp, a public facility overlooking Lake Superior located about 30 miles north of Marquette near Big Bay.

Participants will be accommodated in a dormitory-style facility with amenities including a sauna and hiking trails with access to northern hardwood forests and Lake Superior.

The registration fee of $275 includes all meals, lodging, and most equipment and supplies unless otherwise noted in the registration documents. Grants are also available to a limited extent.

In addition to the winter weekend event, three Beyond BOW excursions and a film event at the Peter White Library in Marquette are planned for early 2023. These include:

  • Make Your Own Backcountry Meals, Monday, January 9, 2023, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Marquette MI, 49855. There’s nothing wrong with classic freeze-dried backcountry meals, but have you ever thought about making your own meals from grocery store produce? Expect at least six homemade backcountry meals with a variety of ingredients (some of which are also freeze-dried) in this class. Expect this to be a hands-on course and you’ll go home with recipes to use in the future.
  • Evening Snowshoe Hike, Thursday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Have you always wanted to go snowshoeing in the evening? Well, here’s your chance! Participants meet at a trailhead about five miles outside of Marquette (requires a Recreation Passport or Michigan Day Pass to park). We will snowshoe for two to three miles before returning to our vehicles.
  • Evening Snowshoe Hike, Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 5:45 p.m. EST. An evening snowshoe hike is also offered on this date.
  • BOW and the Fresh Coast Film Festival, Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 6 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. We screen a variety of films that celebrate women in nature. These are all films from previous years of Marquette’s annual Fresh Coast Film Festival. We will have popcorn available. Bring your own (non-alcoholic) drink. Registration is not required for this event. However, the venue capacity is 125, doors open at 5:30pm EST.

Tuition information, registration materials, and scholarship applications are available online for printing at Payment and registration materials should be sent to the address on the registration documents in Newberry.

For more information on the BOW winter program, contact BOW Coordinator Michelle Zellar at 517-582-3854 or email [email protected]

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