Becoming an Outdoors Woman

2015 Workshops

January 23-25 - Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa
April 17-19 - Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott
September 11-13 - Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott

Register for the April BOW BOW April 2015 Registration Packet


What is BOW?

One way to describe BOW is by a Utube video by Mike Rolfe. Also see what BOW is all about on Facebook  Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman

The Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) conducts Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW ®) twice a year at Friendly Pines Camp outside Prescott, AZ in the spring and late summer. 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.

You can choose from classes in wildlife, wildlife photography, wildlife habitat, bird watching (birding), canoeing, kayaking, and rappelling to name a few more. 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.

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:

Registration for the Friendly Pines BOW weekends covers meals, lodging in a rustic cabin, and most miscellaneous expenses related to the workshops.   Enrollees need only personal items, bedding, and/or sleeping bags. The accommodations at the Deluxe BOW are more upscale, as you would expect.

Information and registration forms can be obtained from the Arizona Wildlife Federation Office, or on this website when they become available.

Read articles, comments, testimonials and see photos from some of the past BOW events by visiting our BOW GALLERY.

Be sure to visit our SPONSOR PAGE.

BOW Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the Friendly Pines workshops.  Application deadlines are as follows for the 2015 workshops:
January 3 for the April 17-19 event at Friendly Pines in Prescott 
May 25
 for the September 5-7 event at Friendly Pines in Prescott 
Application dates are between December 20 - January 3 for the April BOW and May 11 - May 25 for September. Please submit your applications during this time period.

Click below for an application form.
2015 BOW Scholarship Application

Read a testimonial from a previous recipient HERE and a August 2010 BOW Scholarship Recipient Letter

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 “Contribute Now!” button below.  When completing the payment screen just indicate the Sandra Nagiller Fund for the purpose.

Contact AWF via email at or call (480) 644-0077 for more information.

Last Updated (2010-09-28 13:12:37)