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 21st year, Washington Outdoor Women will host its popular Weekend Workshop September 14 – 16, 2018.

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 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

DATES:

September 14 – 16, 2018

LOCATION:

Camp Waskowitz, North Bend, WA

REGISTRANTS:

18yrs and older

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Large dormitory-style cabins

REGISTRATION FEE:

$335

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

September 3, 2018 or when the workshop fills

A limited number of scholarships are available to participants attending the fall weekend workshop for the first time. More info and application available online.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Sign-up is available online.

After the Harvest

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You finally harvested some Washington shellfish, now what do you do with them? Learn to shuck oysters, clean crab, steam clams and more. Discover simple recipes that will win over the most skeptical eaters!

Archery

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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.

Backpacking

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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’ and help develop and plant an on-site native garden. The wildlife will thank you!

Basic Freshwater Fishing

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An indispensable course for beginning freshwater wranglers! Cover the basics of rod and reel handling, knot tying, using bait and lures, and then enjoy some practice casting.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Get Roped In

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Ropes, paracord, needle and thread—how can you make the best use of these materials in the outdoors? Students will practice useful knots and braids, and use paracord to create handy lanyards and zipper pulls.

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!

Medicinal Plants for Trailside Use

Medicinal Plants

Learn how to identify and use our Northwest’s top ten most effective medicinal plants for common trail emergencies. Take home the beginnings of an herbal first aid kit with healing salves, an herbal tincture and medicinal teas, all which you make in class. Karen Sherwood of Earthwalk Northwest instructs.

Outdoor Photography

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Learn how to turn your snapshots into “WOW!” shots. Students will learn the basics of camera operation such as shutter speed, aperture, iso/image sensors, as well as composition and lighting to help bring photos to life.

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

Survival

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

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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.

Wilderness First Aid

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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!