Becoming an Outdoors Woman is helping to shape who the next generation of conservation stewards will be

By Jen Davis, BOW Program Mentor

Michigan’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program has long offered opportunities for women to learn and build outdoor skills in a safe learning environment. For many, manybecoming an outdoors woman years, these programs have been offered exclusively in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay. There have always been a few satellite events peppered throughout the state, but for the first time in several years, BOW will be offering a full weekend event in the Northern Lower Peninsula. 

As BOW is celebrating 25 years of helping women grow outdoor skills and confidence, the program is set to offer a summer weekend workshop August 26-28 in Roscommon County at the Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center.

“We’re excited to bring BOW back to the Lower Peninsula in August at the DNR’s Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake,” said Michelle Zellar, BOW coordinator. “This unique location enables us to offer all the recreational safety certificate classes, including off-road vehicle safety, which we haven’t been able to offer in some years.”

Volunteer BOW instructors provide basic and advanced teaching that is tailored to each participant’s individual ability, helping participants learn the basics in a short amount of time. 

Registration and detailed information can be found here: 

Registrations must be mailed, with payment, to the DNR Newberry Customer Service Center stated on the form.

For more information on the summer BOW program, contact Michelle Zellar at the DNR Customer Service Center in Newberry at 906-293-5131 ext. 4004 or by e-mail at