Becoming an Outdoors Woman program set to launch

MARQUETTE — Mothers and their daughters are invited to learn the skills necessary to enjoy Marquette’s wilderness Friday through Sunday during the Beyond BOW event held by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

This overnight event is an offshoot of the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, now aimed at a smaller group of mothers and daughters.

“The Beyond BOW mother-daughter event is designed for women who want to expand their introductory wilderness knowledge and put it into action,” said DNR BOW coordinator Michelle Zellar.

Eight participants ages 10 and up have the opportunity to hike and kayak around Presque Isle Park, learn wilderness first aid and fire-building.

“Classes are designed for participants to learn a new skill in a non-competitive and supportive environment,” Zellar said. “Once they have the confidence, they share with other mothers and daughters, and continue to build the tradition of women in the outdoors.”

Though registration for this BOW event has passed, information on upcoming sessions and the program itself can be found at

The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, two nights in the rustic, electricity-free cabins at Little Presque Isle, a T-shirt and access to kayaks, Zellar said.

Four avid outdoor enthusiasts, Dave Kalishak, Tara Gluski, Sandra Kivela and Mike Knack, will be instructing this weekend’s event.

Zellar said the instructors will share their passion for the outdoors.

Isabelle Tavares can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 254.