Class list offers comprehensive outdoors training
MARQUETTE – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources “Becoming an Outdoor Woman” (BOW) program offers a wide variety of classes at its annual summer session at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, located 30 miles north of Marquette:
Introduction to Firearms and Firearm Safety – Required for those without a hunter safety certificate or a valid hunting license who plan to take a firearms or archery course.
Mock Archery Hunt
Gun Cleaning – No safety certificate or hunting license required.
Building Confidence with Map and Compass
Bugs, bugs, bugs – Suit up with waders and use nets to look for macro invertebrates on the Yellow Dog River
Read a Good Forest Lately? – Hike through the forest, develop simplistic observational skills, expose the clues and read the hidden pages of the forest’s story.
Wilderness First Aid
Boating and Safety
GPS and Geocaching – A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game.
Advanced Geocaching – Designed for those who have taken the previous course or know how to set GPS coordinates.
Backpacking and Hiking – Mock backpack trip.
Walking stick – Design, carve, paint, stain and embellish an “heirloom and folk art” walking stick.
Growing Fruit Trees – A hands-on workshop on the art and science of fruit trees.
Paddle Boarding – Wetsuits and paddle boards required
Rock and Glass – Make a mosaic from stained glass and other materials
Advanced Hiking – A two-hour, 3-mile trek up Hogback Mountain near Marquette.
Mountain Biking – Basic rules of the trail, bike repair and inspection.