Grab your hiking boots and come join other women who, like you, are eager to gain skills and greater confidence in the outdoors! Celebrating our 20th year, Washington Outdoor Women will host its popular Weekend Workshop September 15 – 17 at beautiful Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, WA.

WOW offers the right skills at the right pace! Choose three (3) four-hour classes and we’ll provide expert instructors, all the equipment you’ll need, and the WOW “can-do” attitude. We’ll also provide plenty of take-home resources and a wealth of networking opportunities.

Browse this year’s Fall Workshop Course descriptions below. Then click on the Register Now button to sign up – classes fill early so don’t delay. Join other Washington Outdoor Woman in an empowering experience!

Please note: the WOW weekend workshop is an active event and requires a good amount of physical strength and flexibility. Please consider whether the physical requirements of this workshop would prevent you from enjoying this experience.

Workshop Details


September 15 – 17, 2017


Camp Waskowitz
North Bend, Washington


18yrs and older


Large dormitory-style cabins




September 5, 2017

Registration for our 2017 Weekend Workshop is now full.

Weekend Logistics

Self-organizing Carpools



Start out learning basic form, parts of a bow, how it works and how to shoot and score arrows. Have fun while learning correct timing, posture, and concentration. Karin Cook is a level 3 certified coach and brings years of experience to this skill.



Don’t head into the backcountry without this knowledge! This course is “packed” with instruction on the latest lightweight equipment, “Leave No Trace” practices, trip planning, weather coping, and backcountry tips. Gear will be provided for you to evaluate and try on.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Backyard Planting

Do you plant the right native plants, shrubs, and edibles for birds, butterflies and humans? Learn what they all prefer  and what does best in your backyard. Then ‘Dig in’ by creating and planting a pollinator container garden to take home and enjoy. The wildlife will thank you!

Basic Freshwater Fishing


An indispensable course for beginning freshwater wranglers! Cover the basics of rod and reel handling, knot tying, using bait and lures, and then enjoy casting in nearby Rattlesnake Lake if conditions are right. A current fishing license is required.



Discover the fascinating world of bees and the role they play in our lives. Visit a live hive up-close, learn how a bee colony works, and what it takes to create and manage a successful hive. Your experienced beekeepers, who tend over 70 hives, with also help you create beeswax candles or honey based lip balms.

Big Game Hunting Basics

Big Game Hunting

Explore the philosophy behind hunting (particularly deer and elk) and the ethics of the hunt. Cover safety, preparation, planning, equipment, optics, tracking, and sound decision-making. Lead instructor Bruce McGlenn of the Human Nature Hunting School deals with firearm choice and use. Bow-hunting techniques are also demonstrated.

Duck Hunting 101


Do you have your ducks in a row? Learn what’s involved in duck hunting: identify local species, set decoys, build a blind, try on equipment for women, do field-to-table hands-on prep, and investigate the right shotgun.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking

Come hungry to this class! Nothing tastes better than food prepared in a Dutch Oven. Learn the secrets to cast iron cooking, Your instructor shares tips on prep, coals, temperature and timing. Prepare and cook delicious cobblers, rolls, amazing one-pot dinners, soups and breakfast casseroles.

Field to Freezer

Field to Freezer

Backstrap? Sirloin? Shank? This hands-on course teaches you the basics of cutting and wrapping your own game, as well as processing and preparation. Recipes are included in this hands-on class taught by an accomplished hunter and gatherer.

Fire Building & Knot Tying

Fire Building

Whether your fire is for warmth, cooking, or relaxation, learn efficient fire building techniques , wood choices and safety tips. Build a fire with and without matches. Learn useful knots to erect a simple snow or rain cover in the woods.

Fix it in the Field


Have you had your tent fail? Straps break?  Learn to make gear you break usable while still in the field, cleverly using what you already have with you. Your field-experienced instructor gives valuable tips on how to keep your gear from failing in the first place!

Fly Fishing


Whether new to fly fishing or already casting, this class will reinforce the basics to give you confidence – from casting and knots, to equipment and bugs. You will fish on the South fork of the Snoqualmie River. A current fishing license is required.

Fly Tying


Grab the line, scissors, thread bobbin, and whip finisher! Learn the art of turning fur and feathers into fishing flies. Learn how to tie a Wooly Bugger and 3-4 other popular patterns for your personal collection. Taught by an experienced fly fisher who ties her own patterns.

Herbal First Aid

Medicinal Plants

Explore the wonderful healing qualities of some of our best local plants. Make and take home useful salves and lip balms using lavender, comfrey, spring cottonwood buds, beeswax, olive oil and other herbs. Taught by well known Botanist, Karen Sherwood, of Earthwalk Northwest.

Map and Compass

Map and Compass

Read a topographic map? Take a bearing with a compass? Find true north? Declination? You will learn all this and more during classroom instruction. Then test your new skills in the field to maneuver a course successfully!

Paws Need Protecting

Dog First Aid

This is an interactive hands-on  class that teaches you to keep your dog healthy and safe – on and off the trail.  Learn valuable tips including bandaging, wound care, emergency handling procedures, weather-related ailments and easy, do-it-yourself canine remedies. Your four-legged models are the real thing!

Soap Making

Soap Making

This form of basic soap making is an old homesteading skill. The class will teach you how to make an all-natural, cold-pressed soap from scratch, using fats and essential oils. Create a batch of mild soap that cleans and nourishes without synthetic ingredients.

Survival Skills


Learn techniques for short-term wilderness survival including wilderness awareness, mental and physical preparedness, shelter building, fire starting, and water purification. Update your “10 Essentials” and your mind set.

Wild Foods: Field to Table

Edible Plants

Explore the bounty of the Northwest as you learn to identify, harvest, and prepare the wild edible plants which grow here. A  trail-side walk precedes a buffet of prepared wild foods. An emphasis on safe forging and nutrition will be highlighted. Go home with a packet of some favorite wild foods recipes.

Wildlife ID & Tracking

Wilderness Tracking

Bear, Cougar, Elk or Wolf? Do you know who is in our woods? Learn about the diverse wildlife of Washington — their behavior and how to respond in the backcountry. Track signs of animal presence on a spiked trail. Your Wildlife Biologist instructor will amaze you with information.

Wilderness First Aid

First Aid

Wilderness First Aid may be needed in remote areas when you are hiking, camping, hunting, birding, or fishing. The information in the class will help you manage many common minor problems such as wounds, sprain/strains, and fractures. You learn by practice in this hands-on class.

Take the challenge – become a Washington Outdoor Woman!