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

Arrow Building

Gun Cleaning – No safety certificate or hunting license required.

Building Confidence with Map and Compass

Fish Identification

Fly Fishing

Lake Fishing

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.

Wilderness Survival

Birding Basics

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.


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