I am not the outdoorsy type at all. I have attempted camping once, and it was...let's just say an epic fail and borderline traumatizing.

I have to admit, lack of enthusiasm and horrible experience may simply be due to the fact that I have no clue how to maneuver myself through the great outdoors. Now, thanks to a new program offered by Michigan's DNR I may actually be able to give nature another shot.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoorswoman (BOW) series is a new program designed to help women learn the outdoor skills that are necessary to enjoy all the great activities Michigan has to offer. From hunting, fishing, backpacking, shooting sports, kayaking, the program will offer a mix of outdoor skills over a three-day format and all the equipment is provided for you.

Mother and Daughter Kayaking

Participants need to be at least 18 years old and up to take part in the Becoming an Outdoorswoman program. Those looking to connect with nature will have a chance to choose their program choices from a list of courses offered during the specialty workshop. The general program areas will be : shooting and hunting, fishing, and eco-sports, such as kayaking, camping or orienteering.

Group of diverse friends camping in the forest

Currently Michigan's Becoming an Outdoors Woman traditional winter and summer workshops are only offered in the Upper Peninsula, however, the have smaller scale “Beyond” workshops that are being held throughout the entire state.

Backpacking women posing for digital camera

The workshops kick off July 24th Women’s Hunter/Firearm Safety Workshop held at Washtenaw Sportsman’s Club in Ypsilanti. This course is online and you can register at hunter-ed.com/michigan/.

Also, on July 24, there will be a Knot Tying and Map Compass Workshop being held at Presque Isle Senior Pavilion, Presque Isle Park, Marquette.

Classes fill up quick so be sure to register right away. You can get more information and register by clicking here. See you in the great outdoors!

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