Whether you love the outdoors or are a bit wary of the wilderness, you are sure to enjoy a fun-filled weekend with like-minded women. The Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, also known as BOW, will hold its annual deluxe workshop on January 24-26 at Saguaro Lake Ranch, nestled on the banks of the Salt River across from the picturesque Bulldog Cliffs.

The BOW Deluxe weekend features comfortable lodging in nicely outfitted resort-style ranchettes, delicious meals and a beautiful location. BOW has something of interest to everyone and every skill level. There are workshops and activities for experienced outdoor enthusiasts and for women who have never hiked, camped, hunted or held a fishing pole. Kayaking on Saguaro Lake, birding, archery, landscape photography, horseback riding are just a few of the popular workshops offered at BOW. New this year is a class on optics. There will also be a session on hunting javelina, and a varmint-call stand.

Jean Groen, author of “Foods of the Superstitions,” will be on hand to give a presentation about edible and medicinal plants of the southwest desert. The desert survival class is informative and fun. Dutch oven classes will guide guests through the preparation of the evening meals. After dark, things always heat up. There will be a fashion show, a wine and cheese tasting, and a javelina presentation.

The cost is $380, and includes instruction, program materials, use of equipment, deluxe lodging and meals Friday evening through Sunday lunch.

Details of class descriptions can be found at www.azwildlife.org or call 480-644-0077.

The Becoming and Outdoor Woman program is sponsored by Arizona Wildlife Federation with the support of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Logo courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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