Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Sponsored by Arizona Wildlife Federation    

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) offers hands-on workshops to women 18 and older at all fitness levels. No experience is necessary. BOW encourages a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun. Participants learn skills such as gun safety, shooting, angling (including fly fishing), camping, Dutch-oven cooking, map and compass reading, rappelling, geocaching, and marksmanship with rifle and bow. 

Upcoming BOW Weekends

check back for registration for these upcoming camps. In the meantime, enjoy our Facebook group @Arizona-Becoming-an-Outdoors-Woman

BOW Deluxe at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, January 22-24, 2021

Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, April 16-18, 2021

Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, September 10-12, 2021

BOW Workshop

SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2020

Location: Friendly Pines Camp, Prescott



Workshop Fee: $300

Workshop Fee Includes:

Instruction, Program Materials, Use of Equipment, Meals, and Lodging.


COVID-19 Conformance: 

  • BOW workshop will be limited to 30 participants.
  • Each class will be limited to a maximum of 6 individuals.
  • Masks must be worn by all, at all times.
  • Masks, hand sanitizer and wipes will be provided.
  • All precautions will be practiced to prevent potential spread of Coronavirus (social distancing, hand sanitizer, washing stations, etc.)

Please note if we have to cancel this camp due to any state or federal restrictions on the size of group gatherings, then all registrants will be refunded or they will be given the option to apply their payment to a future camp.   Currently Gov. Ducey has set the limit to 50 people gathering for an event.  We take your safety seriously and will be monitoring all health recommendations from the CDC and state of AZ so that we will be implementing the latest recommendations.


Participants may choose to stay in a cabin (3 or less per cabin);  or may bring their own tent, and stay in the meadow.  

Workshop Schedule:

Friday Afternoon

10:00pm-12:00pm – Registration

12:00 -12:30pm –   Group Photo

1:45pm-5:00pm – Session 1

5:15-6:00 pm –      Prickly Pear Margarita/Game Tasting

6:00-6:30pm –       Dinner (served)

7:00-10:00pm –     Evening Activities


7:30-8:00am – Breakfast (served)

8:45-12:00pm – Session 2

12:30-1:30pm – Lunch (served)

1:45-5:00pm – Session 3

5:15-6:00pm – Preview Raffle/Silent Auction

6:00-6:30pm – Dinner (served)

7:00-8:30pm – Raffle/Silent Auction

7:00-10:00pm – Evening Activities


7:30-8:00am – Breakfast (served)

8:45am-12:00pm – Session 4

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch (served)


Session Choices:

 Session #1  Session #2  Session #3  Session #4

Camping 102                

Basic Firearms Safely   

Warm Water Fishing            

Into to Fly-Fishing        

Leave No Trace      

Archery 101                  

Rappelling 101            


Predator Calling               

AZ Wildlife    

Archery 101                               

Rappelling 101                       

Basic Land Navigation              

Handgun Maintenance      


Archery 101                                 

Advance Fly-Fishing   

Beginning Hunting                     

Rappelling 102                           

I'm Lost, Now What?    

Cancellation Policy:

PLEASE READ: There will be a $25 administration fee for all cancellations before September 1. There are NO refunds after August 31.  Instead of cancelling, you may choose to send a substitute in your place at no cost or penalty.


For Questions, Please Contact Kathy Greene

at   520-240-2437   or 

Past participants know the sisterhood that forms from the BOW experience. We encourage you to responsibly and safely continue to practice your outdoor skills and build confidence in your ability to take on physical and mental challenges. Please join us online at our Facebook page to share your photos, your questions, your stories, and your support for each other.

What is BOW?

One way to understand BOW is through this YouTube video by Mike Rolfe:  

You can also get to know BOW through our Facebook Page (please like us!):  Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman.

The Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) conducts Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW ®) twice a year at Friendly Pines Camp outside Prescott, AZ in the spring and early fall. AWF also hosts a Deluxe BOW in the desert at Saguaro Lake Ranch in January or February.  The three-day workshops begin at noon Friday and end shortly after noon the following Sunday.

BOW gives women (18 and older) the opportunity to learn about hunting, fishing and related activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Skills such as gun safety, shooting, angling (including fly fishing), camping, Dutch-oven cooking, map and compass reading, marksmanship with rifle and bow are taught.  A complete list of courses which you may find at BOW can be found at BOW Class Descriptions

In addition to the various classes, there are a number of evening events for the women to enjoy, that may include, "hawk talks", nature hikes, fashion shows, fly tying and wild game tasting. The weekend schedule would be similar to BOW Sample Schedule

Our instructors, who volunteer their time to teach these classes, are experts in their field. Some are employed in the fields they teach; others are experts in their subjects, including archery and rifle marksmanship. Still others are Arizona Game and Fish and U.S. Forest Service employees with years of experience in the flora and fauna of Arizona.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is a program started by Christine Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Pointe. The first BOW clinic was conducted in Wisconsin in September 1991. The Arizona workshop is part of the same curriculum and each workshop is organized with the aid of the Safari Club International of Phoenix and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The National Wildlife Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are just two of BOW’s national supporters.  Visit the national bow site:

“I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU ALL at BOW for such a wonderful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed learning and participating in activities at Friendly Pine Prescott. I could sense that it would be an amazing adventure. I look forward to sharing this event with other women!" - BOW Participant


You can help send another worthy woman to BOW by donating toward our scholarship fund.  Either send a check to the AWF office, writing “BOW Scholarship” in the memo, or click on the “Donation” button below.  When completing the payment screen just indicate the Sandra Nagiller Fund for the purpose.

Contact BOW via e-mail at or call 480-201-7456 for more information.


Opportunities Beyond Your BOW Experience

The Arizona Wildlife Federation does not offer a Beyond BOW ™ program at this time. 

Please click on the logos of our instructors, partners and sponsors below to explore the various opportunities they may offer.

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