Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an educational program offering hands-on workshops to encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities like hunting and shooting sports, fishing and boating, and non-harvest activities.

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2021 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Event


Trap Pond State Park
33587 Baldcypress Lane
Laurel, DE 19956


Registration: 7:30 – 8 a.m.
Courses: 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman has been modified to a half-day event for 2021. It will take place on the morning of Saturday Aug. 21, 2021, at beautiful Trap Pond State Park.

Each participant will be able to take part in two instructional outdoor courses, each an hour and a half long. Snacks and bottled water will be provided. Participants should bring their own lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park after the morning’s courses.


All participants must pre-register by Monday, Aug. 16. No walk-ups will be permitted. To register, please call the DuPont Nature Center at 302-422-1329.

The program cost is $20 per person (payments accepted as cash or check upon arrival).

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at registration, in the pavilion and at each course.
  • Participants, instructors and staff will be asked to socially distance by 3 feet whenever possible.
  • All program equipment will be wiped down between users.
  • Masks will be encouraged for any participants, staff or instructors who are unvaccinated.

2021 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Courses

Freshwater Fishing

Learn the basics of how to cast, what equipment you’d need to fish on your own, fundamentals of fishing and techniques. Try your hand at catch and release fishing in Trap Pond. To participate in this course you must purchase a Delaware fishing license prior to attending and must bring it with you.

Activity Level: Mild

Requires some standing and moderate coordination

Intro to Archery

Learn about basic traditional bows and arrows as well as the equipment that goes along with them. This course will focus on form, method of release and accuracy while practicing target shooting. The BOW program will provide bows, arrows and all equipment necessary.

Activity Level: Mild

Requires some standing and moderate coordination

Intro to Crossbow

Learn how to safely operate and shoot a crossbow. Learn how to identify the parts of a crossbow, identify your target and how to use the scope to aim at your target. This course will use traditional bag targets for practice. The BOW program will provide crossbows, bolts and all equipment necessary.

Activity Level: Mild

Requires some standing and moderate coordination

Tick and Pest I.D.

Join Fish and Wildlife biologist Ashley Kennedy in learning to identify ticks, chiggers and other common pests to be aware of while spending time outdoors. This course will cover identification, health concerns associated with each species and methods to avoid these pests. Participants will look at species examples and take a walk with Dr. Kennedy to identify live species nearby.

Activity Level: Mild

Requires some walking

Kayaking Trap Pond

Learn basic paddling techniques and safety tips for exploring Trap Pond by kayak. Participants should wear clothes that can get wet and should wear water shoes.

Activity Level: Mild

Requires moderate coordination and/or movement

Tree I.D. Walk

This hands-on session will teach you how to use a common tool used for identifying unknown organisms: A Dichotomous Key. By answering a series of questions about your tree, the key is designed to guide you to its name. All participants will receive a tree key and “Delaware Tree” book to take home. This course involves a walk along Trap Pond’s Island Trail. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Activity Level: Moderate

Requires walking about a half mile

History of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Since the first Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event was held in Wisconsin, in 1991, this exciting international program has expanded to 46 states and seven provinces with more than 80 workshops offered each year. The main goal of the BOW program is to provide women with the opportunity to learn skills that encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities, like hunting and shooting sports, fishing and boating, and non-harvest recreational activities.

Courses are geared toward adult women age 18 and above, though men may participate.

The yearly BOW event features opportunities for participants to choose from a wide range of course offerings during each of the sessions. The instructors of these courses have been selected for their expertise as well as their ability to provide instruction in a safe, supportive, and non-competitive atmosphere.

Past Becoming and Outdoors-Woman Events

The 2019 event was held at Lums Pond State Park, September 20 through 22.

The 2018 event was held at Cape Henlopen State Park, September 28 through 30.

The 2017 event was held at Killens Pond State Park, October 6 through 8.