LANSING, MICH. – Women looking to learn new outdoor skills can find free workshops this month hosted on Instagram by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Over the next few weeks, MNR’s popular Become a Woman of the Outdoors (BOW) program will host a variety of outdoor skills classes on Instagram Live, with topics such as beginner snowshoeing, turkey hunting, the basics of fire lighting, fly fishing and backpacking in the wild.
Typically, the winter session of the BOW program takes place in person over a weekend in February, but due to pandemic restrictions, MNR has chosen to hold the workshops virtually.
“With our winter program canceled this year, some of our very talented volunteer BOW instructors are teaming up to offer advice and instruction to women wanting to learn more about a range of popular topics,” said Michelle Zellar, BOW coordinator. with the DNR. “We have an initial list of these instructional sessions set up as Instagram Live events in March and April, with additional sessions being discussed.”
The BOW program aims to give women 18 and over the opportunity to sharpen their outdoor skills and learn new ones in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The program’s workshops are led by volunteers, many from the MNR.
To watch the workshops, users can follow the BOW program on Instagram at Instagram.com/BOW_Michigan.
Five upcoming Instagram Live events are currently scheduled; according to the MRN, a decision on the summer program will be made in the coming weeks.
5 p.m. EST, Thursday, March 11 – Basic snowshoes with instructor Sandra Kivela. Learn the basics of snowshoeing, snowshoe selection, how to dress for snowshoeing and more.
5 p.m. EDT, Thursday, March 18 – Talk about Turkey with instructor Jen Davis. Spring turkey hunting tactics will be explained including spotting, calling, tools of the trade, turkey behavior and a little more on field maintenance and cooking.
5:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, March 25 – Fly fishing with instructor Nome Buckman. Discussions will focus on preparing and choosing the right fly.
5 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 1 – Preparation of the wilderness survival pack with instructor Tara Gluski. Always be prepared. Learn what to pack in your backpack when you venture into the woods.
5 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 8 – The basics of fire Starting with instructor Dave Kalishek. Tips and techniques for making a fire in the backcountry will be presented.
To learn more about the Become an Outdoor Woman program, or to sign up to receive updates and announcements on upcoming sessions, visit Michigan.gov/BOW. Registrations for the program’s summer workshops usually open in the spring and fill up quickly.
For outdoor tips, photos, and past and present BOW features, follow the program on Facebook at Facebook.com/BecomingAnOutdoorsWomanMichigan.