Attention women: Learn Outdoors skills in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in February

Winter 'Becoming an Outdoors-Woman' program set for Upper Peninsula Feb. 25-27

Women seeking the opportunity to improve their outdoor skills are invited to register for the 11th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman winter program, set for Feb. 25-27 in Big Bay, 30 miles north of Marquette.

The program will be held at Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility, located in a picturesque wooded setting overlooking Lake Superior.

Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, this program offers instruction in more than a dozen kinds of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, dog sledding, ice fishing, fly tying, wilderness first aid and wood burning. Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction that is tailored to the participant's individual ability.

The $175 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies (except as noted in the registration materials). Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with many amenities, including a sauna and hiking trails with access to Lake Superior.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops are for women, 18 and older, who wish to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. The U.P. BOW program also includes special evening programs during the weekend event.

Registration deadline is Feb. 4, but early registration is recommended as space is limited and the program fills quickly each year. Class information and registration materials are available online at For more information, contact Sharon Pitz at the DNRE office in Marquette at 906-228-6561 or e-mail

Many other outdoors programs for women are scheduled across Michigan. To learn more about these additional opportunities, check the BOW website or contact Sue Tabor at 517-241-2225 or

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