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Past BOW Workshops
Beartooth Ecology — Botany & BirdsJuly 11-13, 2014

Red Lodge, MT

Fee: $200 or less

Explore the Beartooth Plateau and learn about the plants, birds and animals that inhabit this unique ecosystem. The Beartooth highway between Red Lodge and Cooke City provides easy access to one of the largest contiguous alpine areas in the lower 48 states. This workshop runs Friday evening through Sunday noon and includes 3 meals.

Mountain BikingJune 28-29, 2014

Whitefish, MT

Fee: $35

Join us for a fun and gentle introduction to the joys of mountain biking, including expert instruction and riding time. You’ll learn how to choose a bike and make it fit you, simple maintenance and repairs on and off the trail, and what to bring on every ride for safety and comfort. The class is based at the Whitefish Bike Retreat located next to the Whitefish Trail system and is for the beginner to intermediate level mountain biker. Class runs from Saturday morning to Sunday noon with an optional Sunday afternoon ride. The class fee includes all meals starting Saturday noon through Sunday noon.

Firearms ShootingMay 17, 2014

Billings, MT

Fee: $59

This is a great opportunity for the new or novice shooter to practice and/or enhance her skills and to become more comfortable with all types of firearms. This 1-day class designed for women will provide a basic understanding of how to safely handle and shoot a variety of firearms including shotguns, rifles and handguns. The class concludes with a session on gun cleaning. The class fee includes all the firearms, ammunition, safety gear and lunch. This workshop is co-hosted by the Yellowstone County Hunter Education instructors and the Blue Creek Sport Shooting Complex.

Basic Horse PackingMay 4, 2014

Columbia Falls, MT

Fee: $35

Packing into the backcountry on your horse is a fun and rewarding experience. Learn the skills needed to pack on horses and mules. Topics will include defensive horse handling, packing and minimum impact horse use. A wide variety of packing equipment and how to use it will be discussed at the workshop. Come learn what will work best for you. A Dutch oven cooked lunch is provided. This workshop is co-hosted by Backcountry Horsemen of the Flathead and Trailhead Supply.

SnowshoeingFebruary 8, 2014

Near Thompson Falls

Fee: $15

Discover the fun of snowshoeing while exploring the winter landscape.

Winter BOW January 31- February 2, 2014

Near Red Lodge

Fee: $170 - $240

Dig out your long johns and let's have fun in the snow! Workshop runs Friday evening through Sunday noon. You'll attend 3 classes from these options: ice fishing, winter survival, cross country skiing, wildlife in winter, or snowshoeing.

Summer BOW Workshop — August 2-4, 2013

Lubrecht Forest near Greenough

Fee: $180 - $270

BOW's big summer workshop will be at Lubrecht Forest just east of Missoula. Bring a friend and learn a new activity or improve your existing skills. Participants choose 4 classes from a variety of topics including basic gun handling, rifle, shotgun, fishing, map & compass, kayaking, plant identification, outdoor survival, and more. Fee includes meals and lodging.

Learn to Kayak — August 17, 2013

Learn to Kayak

Fee: $45

Learn to kayak as you enjoy a beautiful day-float down the Clark Fork River. All kayak gear will be provided (kayak, paddle and life jacket) or you can bring your own. Participants will enjoy a Dutch oven lunch at the end of the float.

BOW in Plains — July 13, 2013

BOW in Plains

Fee: $35

Enjoy a 1-day workshop where you'll learn about cooking with a Dutch oven, archery shooting, handgun safety, using a map & compass, horseback riding or how to pack a llama. This workshop is held at the Sanders County Fairgrounds in Plains. The workshop runs from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Basic Horse Packing — May 4, 2013

Kalispell, MT

Fee: $35

Packing into the backcountry on your horse is a fun and rewarding experience. Learn the skills needed to pack on horses and mules. Topics will include defensive horse handling, packing and minimum impact horse use. A wide variety of packing equipment and how to use it will be discussed at the workshop. Come learn what will work best for you. A Dutch oven cooked lunch is provided. This workshop is co-hosted by Backcountry Horsemen of the Flathead and Trailhead Supply.

Ice Fishing — February 8–10, 2013

Near Bigfork, MT

Fee: $100

Don't sit inside waiting for the long winter months to pass by. Put on some warm clothes, get outside and try ice fishing. This workshop is at Big Sky Bible Camp with a very short walk to Peterson Lake. You'll learn to use ice fishing rods and tip-ups and other gear like ice augers and sonar fish finders. The workshop is for beginner and intermediate anglers and includes some optional indoor activities and night fishing. The registration fee includes all your fishing equipment, 2 nights lodging dn meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.

Learn to SnowshoeFebruary 23, 2013

Plains, MT

Fee: $10

Class Cancelled  due to lack of snow.

Discover the fun of snowshoeing while exploring the winter landscape! Join us for a half day class and try out snowshoes. Choose to attend the morning class (8:00–1:00) or afternoon class (noon–4:30). This workshop is meets in Plains, and then we'll travel to a nearby area to snowshoe. Both the morning and afternoon groups will eat lunch and hear a presentation about Winter Survival during the lunch hour. The $10 registration fee includes your lunch and loaner snowshoes. This workshop is sponsored by Becoming an Outdoors–Woman in North West Montana.

Summer BOW Workshop — August 17-19, 2012

Near Bigfork, MT

Fee: approximately $175-$205

BOW's big summer workshop will be at a beautiful camp near Bigfork. Bring a friend and learn a new activity or improve your existing skills. Participants choose 4 classes from a variety of topics including basic gun handling, rifle, shotgun, fishing, map & compass, canoeing, plant identification, outdoor survival, and more. Fee includes meals and lodging. Book lovers can participate in the BOW Book Club on Friday evening where we'll discuss A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

Beartooth Botany — July 14, 2012

Beartooth Platuea near Red Lodge, MT

Fee: $25

Explore the Beartooth Plateau and learn about the diverse array of vegetation found in this beautiful alpine area. You'll learn about the plants and flowers that grow along Beartooth Highway 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City in this easy to access high elevation (9,500 - 10,500 feet). The class is designed for those with little or no formal plant identification experience. On July 13, a free evening class will be held in Red Lodge to go over basic plant terminology, parts of the plant, and helpful field guides prior to our day in the field.

Birding in Montana — June 22-24, 2012

Ninepines area near Charlo, MT

Fee: $98

Discover the joy of bird watching. Learn the basics of bird identification through field marks, sounds and habitat. This class will view birds in different habitats including wetlands and forest. Find out how to attract birds to your backyard. The workshop begins Friday evening and concludes at noon on Sunday. Meals are provided. Lodging is on your own and is available at the Ninepipes Lodge.