Mothers and daughters looking for a one-of-a-kind bonding experience in Michigan’s great outdoors might want to try the upcoming Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program designed just for them. On Saturday, July 13, the DNR will offer a one-day program for mothers and daughters (ages 10 to 17) who want to spend the day kayaking and hiking at Tourist Park in Marquette.

“This workshop offers a great opportunity for moms and daughters to have a little fun, learn or improve on an outdoor skill, and spend some time together in a beautiful setting,” said Sharon Pitz, DNR’s U.P. coordinator for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. “BOW class and workshop participants really enjoy themselves and walk away with a true sense of accomplishment at learning or honing an outdoor recreation skill.”

Sponsored by the DNR, this BOW program will start at 9 a.m. and finish around 3:15 p.m. Kayaks for the event are being donated by Downwind Sports in Marquette and Houghton. The cost is $25 per mother/daughter group and will also include an on-site cookout. Tourist Park is located at 2145 Sugarloaf Ave., in Marquette.

Class information and registration materials are available on the DNR website at For more information contact Sharon Pitz at (phone) 906-228-6561 or (e-mail)

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is a noncompetitive program in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities and in sharing in the success of one another.

For more information about the various BOW programs offered in Michigan, visit

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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