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E-M:/ Summer Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Set for Upper Peninsula

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

April 4, 2006

Contact: Lynn Marla 517-241-2225 or Ann Wilson 906-228-6561             	

Summer Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Set for Upper Peninsula

Women who are seeking the opportunity to gain confidence in their outdoor-related skills and abilities are invited to register for the 9th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program set for June 2-4 in Big Bay, 30 miles north of Marquette. The program will be held once again at Bay Cliff Health Camp, a handicapped accessible facility, located in an isolated, wooded setting overlooking Lake Superior.   
Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, the BOW program will include instruction in over two dozen kinds of outdoor activities related to learning new and enhancing existing outdoor skills. Classes will be offered in rock climbing and rappelling, kayaking, canoeing, various types of fishing, hiking, mountain biking, fly tying, archery, birding, ORV/ATV use, GPS, geocaching, beekeeping, map and compass and several styles of shooting sports.  Instructors will provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to the participant's individual abilities. Participants will be housed in a new dorm-style facility with numerous amenities, including a pool, sauna, camping area, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and easy access to Lake Superior.

BOW is an award-winning program designed to offer outdoor skill instruction to women in a relaxed atmosphere.  Nationally, more than 10,000 women take part in a BOW program each year, with programs offered in most states and Canada. Women 18 and older are eligible to participate.  The U.P. program also will include numerous extra activities, such as individual kayaking instruction in the pool after hours, birding hikes, group bonfires, evening fishing trips and special programs.

Registration for the program is $155, which includes all meals, snacks, lodging and equipment, including firearms, ammunition and most supplies. 

Early registration is highly recommended. Questions can be referred to Ann Wilson or Sharon Pitz at the DNR office in Marquette, 906-228-6561, or e-mail wilsoann@michigan.gov or pitzs@michigan.gov.

Registration materials and class information is available on the DNR website, at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Click on "Learning Corner" then on "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman." 

Across Michigan, numerous BOW Programs will be offered this year. To check the complete Michigan BOW program listing, access the DNR's website or contact Lynn Marla, BOW statewide coordinator, at marlal@michigan.gov. 

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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