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"Unbelievable fun and incredible [instructors] in the outdoor sports. A four star adventure for every woman!"

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"Outstanding, Professional, Fun and Awesome! This was great! Redefined my love for the outdoors. A real confidence builder."

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"It really builds my confidence to hear another woman say 'I do this, and you can do it, too.'"

WOW’s WEEKEND WORKSHOP  

The WOW program strives to teach, encourage and motivate women to connect with the outdoors through hands-on experiences.  Its popular weekend workshop at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, Washington, usually offers between 18 and 20 outdoor skills. This location is a State and National Historic Preservation site primarily used for environmental education and team building programs. The South Fork of the Snoqualmie River runs adjacent to the camp for the fly fishers. Freshwater anglers have Rattlesnake Lake nearby.  All participants will be housed in large dormitory-style cabins with indoor restrooms and hot showers.   The Dining hall is  close by.  Use of your car is not allowed in camp. This is an “on-foot” event! The program will build in time for walking, with an optional early riser trail walk around camp.

The registration fee includes expert instruction, any equipment you may need, food, lodging, resources, educational materials, and WOW’s signature long sleeve t-shirt. See Registration for more details. Come and get lost finding yourself!!

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
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Click on links below for course descriptions)

Please note that not all classes are offered every year.  Refer to the current registration form for available classes this year.

After the Catch
Archery
Backpacking 101
Backpacking 102
Big Game Hunting Basics
Birding
Camping Fundamentals

Canoeing
Challenge Course
Cooking with Wild Foods
Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Dutch Oven/Campfire Cooking
Field to Freezer
Fresh Water Fishing

Fly Fishing 101
Fly Tying
First Aid for Dogs
Herbal First Aid
Karilian Dogs (Breakout Session)
Kayaking
Map and Compass I
Map and Compass II
Medical Plants for Wilderness Emergencies
Outdoor (Digital) Photography
Soap Making
Starting a Hunting Dog
Survival Skills

Tracking 101
Tracking 102 (Advanced Trailing)
Wilderness First Aid
Wild Game Cooking and Sausage-making
Wild Plants for Emergency Foods

The Wild Life of Wildlife

Wee Ones in the Woods


After the Catch

You’ve finally got the big one in your kitchen, now what do you do? Learn to fillet salmon and other fish, shuck oysters, steam clams, and clean crab in this in-depth class. Discover some simple recipes that will win over the most skeptical eaters! This hands-on class is taught by Lori and Steve Patnode, experienced anglers, hunters and Northwest gatherers.  Back to Top

 

Archery

Participants learn basic form, parts of a bow, how they work and how to shoot and score arrows. Learning  correct posture, timing and concentration will draw you into this amazing skill. Learn how to make adjustments and corrections to your aiming technique. Instructor Carolyn Elder is a certified trainer, state and national title holder, and brings a wealth of experience to this course. Instructor Karin Cook is a level 3 coach. 15 lb. bows are provided.   Back to Top

 

Backpacking 101

This course is 'packed' with fundamental instruction for using lightweight equipment, proper campsite preparation, "Leave No Trace" practices, trip planning, weather coping, clothing options, and preparing backcountry meals. Backpacking gear will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own to use.

Your instructor, Stacy Czebotar, is an avid backpacker and accomplished northwest climber.  She is up to date on the latest and best outdoor equipment and its uses!

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Backpacking 102

Do you enjoy day hikes, but would like to take them to the next level?  This class simulates a true backcountry experience.  Learn how to plan your trip, choose equipment, the 10+ essentials, backcountry cleanliness, clothing and footwear and tips for backcountry cooking.  You’ll also learn the simple but overlooked things, like tent set up, tent tear down, how to stay dry and warm, and how to avoid things that go bump in the night.  You will pack up your gear in the Saturday afternoon class and head out to set up camp away from WOW’s other activities.. The majority of the class will be taught out on the trail (and in your camp site). You will join the rest of WOW for Saturday night dinner and evening activities, after which you’ll hike back to your camp setting, stay the night and cook an outdoor breakfast before returning for your Sunday morning class. If you have personal equipment, you are encouraged to bring your own to familiarize yourself with the new backpacking and camping tips you’ll learn. Class size is limited to 10 to leave a minimal footprint in the woods. Those who are registered for Backpacking 102 will receive a specific packing list with your confirmation letter Back to Top

 
Big Game Hunting Basics

This course explores the philosophy behind hunting - particularly elk, deer and wild turkey - and the ethics of the hunt. It covers the basics: safety, preparation, planning, responsible decision-making, equipment, optics, and special clothing. Lead instructor Bruce McGlenn is a certified NRA Shotgun instructors for WOW and a WDFW Master Hunter. Firearm techniques as well as bow hunting will be addressed. There will be an opportunity to shoot bows and handle firearms offsite. Animal calls, packing lists and items and State hunting regulations are also covered. Laura Grayum will discuss bow hunting.  Kristie Miller will share her success from the WOW class to the field.  This is a hands-on class.  Back to Top

 

Birding

Amateur birders in this class take an early morning walk to identify local forest birds using the tools of the trade - binoculars and field guides. Afterward, they build their own birdhouse or feeder and take home plans to create a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary.  The class is taught by Audubon Society members. Birdhouse construction is supervised by Andrew McGlenn, a local engineer and outdoor enthusiast. The American Birding Association is a generous contributor.  Back to Top

Camping Fundamentals

This class is a must for those planning to camp in a park or campground setting, especially with your family!  Explore the overall experience of setting up camp, from the right sleeping pads to the safest cook stove. Your instructor will have a variety of equipment for you to try: tent types, sleeping bags and pads, versatile stoves and lanterns, and cooking set-ups. Learn how tarps, fresh batteries and duct tape can become your best friends! Try cooking freeze dried meals and sharing camping recipes. Learn why the practice of Leave No Trace is so important!  Back to Top

 

Canoeing

This four hour course will provide a complete tool box of strokes for proper maneuvering a canoe on flat water.  Learn canoe mechanics and an understanding of the roles of both paddlers in tandem canoeing.   All paddlers should learn both the bow position and the stern position.  This course will empower you to put your canoe just where you want it, while enjoying Lake Langlois (on site). Learn to canoe in a non-competitive, relaxed atmosphere. - backed up with lots of paddling. Your certified instructors make your 'on the water' experience a lot of fun!   Back to Top

Challenge Course

The Challenge Course  experience explores group dynamics and is about working together as a group, leadership and  followership, on the trail.  Group agreement of physical and emotional safety plus adjusting challenges to fit group members, allows for folks to take risks in a supportive environment. The number one reason for expedition failure is poor group relations, not environmental, technical or equipment issues.  The Challenge course compresses group development time and lets folks risk (try new things) without fear of being put down or laughed at.  The specific challenge selection depends on the group  but a supportive culture allows that risk...The actual activities could include walking on steel cables, solving large scale puzzles, moving a group across a space with limited resources, swinging on a rope, going through a tire or up over a wall...    Back to Top

 

Cooking with Wild Foods

Wild plants can be nutritious and delicious and can add to your meals along the trail! In this fascinating course you may prepare Stinging Nettle Soup, Dandelion Pesto, Elderberry Jelly or Burdock Root. These, and other tasty surprises, will make up your wild foods meal to taste and enjoy. Karen Sherwood, who runs the Earthwalk Northwest program always brings a wealth of experience and useful information to her classes. She has taught for WOW since 1998 and has been a contributing botanist to the Tom Brown Tracking School since its inception.  She is an authority in her field.   Back to Top

Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat

This is a class you can literally “dig into”. Put on your gloves and grab your trowel because you will be designing and planting a wildlife garden on site! Working as a team and with the guidance of your instructors, Cathy Curley and Courtney Sullivan of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), you will choose the right plants, shrubs and edibles for birds, butterflies and humans. Take home valuable resources for your own backyard planning and planting. Cathy Curley is Senior Operations Manager for the Northwest Field office of the NWF and has taught Camping Fundamentals for WOW. Courtney Sullivan is NWF’s Senior Education Manager.    Back to Top 

 

Dutch Oven/Campfire Cooking

Come hungry to this class! Nothing tastes better or is more surprising than food prepared in a Dutch Oven or over an open fire. Instructors share secrets of cast iron cooking success and campfire recipes.  Participants help cut, chop and cook cobblers, rolls, one-pot dinners, desserts and wild game in a camp setting.  Your experienced instructors, Patty Johnston and her crew have been cooking this way for years and team up to teach this class.  Take home some wonderful recipes to try on your own.  Back to Top

 

Field to Freezer

This fascinating course teaches the basics of cutting and wrapping your own game. Your instructor, Sharon Rose, shares important tips for handling meat correctly and efficiently. She is a food advisor for the Washington Extension Service and self-reliant in all aspects of food procurement, processing and preparation. Sharon is also certified as a Master Hunter so she has lots of first hand 'field knowledge' of what can go wrong if meat isn't handled right!  Back to Top

Fresh Water Fishing

An indispensable course for beginning anglers! Cover the basics of rod & reel handling, knot tying, using bait and lures, and then fish by boat for trout on Lake Langlois!  Taught by Tammy Conklin and Stacie Kelsey, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. After some individual instruction and dry land casting practice, participants will fish on the lake to try their luck so a current fishing license is required.  Back to Top

 

Fly Fishing 101

Students of this elegant sport learn basic casting, knots, and get an understanding of equipment and gear along with fly fishing etiquette and “catch-and-release” philosophy. They also see how bugs and habitat combine for successful fishing. Lead instructor Faith Roland been fishing for over 25 years. Katie Surbeck, assisting, is a northwest native and longtime flyfisher. Gear is provided, but class members are invited to bring their own if they had it. You will fish on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River so a current fishing license is required!  Back to Top

Fly Tying

In just a few hours, participants in this class learn to grab line, scissors, thread bobbin, and whip finisher to turn fur and feathers into fishing flies. Equipment and materials are provided by the Federation of Flyfishers. Your instructor will guide you in your creation of a Woolly Bugger and three to four other popular patterns for your personal collection.  This is a fun and informative course.  Back to Top

First Aid for Dogs

Our guest Veterinarian will offer practical solutions to emergencies that dogs might encounter in the outdoors, especially far afield, when quick and effective response could mean prevention of serious consequences. Good first aid for canines need not be cost prohibitive (many items can come from a drug store, rather than a Veterinarian!) See what you’d put in a “First Aid Bucket” for your car to travel with you. You’ll be surprised to find that many common aids used by humans also work for dogs. Bandaging will be courtesy of a very patient and cooperative four legged model so you can see how to properly apply wraps. Techniques for shock and wound cleaning will be explained.  Questions are encouraged!  Back to Top

 

Herbal First Aid

Always one of the most popular courses and first to fill, this one takes students on an interpretive walk to identify common Northwest herbal remedies. River Ranch has a wonderful Nature Trail for this experience!  Karen Sherwood, founder of Earthwalk Northwest, introduces participants to the fascinating world of herbal medicine. Participants make their own herbal lip balm and healing salve from plantain, calendula and comfrey Back to Top

 
Karilian Dogs


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Bruce Richards explains the role of his Karilian dog in the search for dangerous predators who might wander into urban environments or become a danger to the public. These dogs help Washington wildlife agents capture and re-locate cougar and bear which minimizes the need to kill the wild animal by removing it from a dangerous (to the public) site to a safer  and acceptable environment . 
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Kayaking


Experience the deepest small lake in King County during this 4 hour introduction to kayaking. Learn to paddle a recreational (single) kayak with the basic strokes in variable conditions. See a demonstration of kayak self rescue techniques (and try it yourself if you want !) and learn more about other modes of kayak sports including sea kayaking and river paddling. These introductory skills will provide a strong basis for taking the next step in a more difficult environment. Your certified instructors plan a positive experience for you.  You must know how to swim.
 
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Map & Compass I

Can you read a US Geological topographic map or take a bearing with a compass to avoid getting lost? Do you know the difference between true and magnetic north? You learn all of this and more.  Two hours of serious classroom instruction progress to testing your skills in the field. Taught by Laura Till from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Cheryl Drevecky who spends time with King County Search and Rescue. Maps and compasses are provided.  Back to Top

Map & Compass II

Expand on the skills learned in Basic Map and Compass I.  Plan and complete an orienteering course using map and compass.  Find yourself using triangulation.  Learn how to avoid getting lost and what to do when you get lost.  Taught by Map and Compass I instructors Laura Till and Cheryl Drevecky.   Back to Top

 

 

Medical Plants for Wilderness Emergencies

Do you know which plants make a great antiseptic skin wash?  Which ones can be used for amebic dysentery?  Come and learn how to identify and use some of our most effective medicinal plants useful for common trail emergencies.  Field identification, coupled with workshop on herbal preparation help participants learn to use our top ten medicinal plants here in the Northwest.  Students will take home the beginnings of an herbal first aid kit with healing salves, an herbal tincture and medicinal teas which they make in class. Enjoy this session with  Karen Sherwood of Earthwalk Northwest. Class size: 12  Back to Top

 

 

Outdoor (Digital) Photography

Great photographs evoke a “WOW!” response. You’ll use the immediacy of digital technology to review your images. All skill levels welcome. Your instructor Amy Gulick is a professional photographer widely published in many outdoor magazines.  Amy's award-winning book on the Tongass National Forest, "Salmon in the Trees," was recently published.   Bring your fully charged camera, instruction manual,  fresh batteries/charger, memory card and USB cord for transferring files to a computer. This course is for digital cameras only.  Back to Top

Soap Making

This form of basic soap making is an old homesteading skill. The class teaches you how to make an all natural, cold-pressed soap from scratch, using fats and essential oils. Your instructors Lori Johnson and Laura Grayum will help you create a batch of mild soap that cleans and nourishes without synthetic ingredients. All supplies provided. You will take home your creations.  Back to Top

 

Survival Skills

This hands-on class is an investment in good decision making.  You will learn to start a fire without matches, tie ‘need-to-know’ knots, use tarps to their best advantages, create natural shelters, and talk about coping with wildlife, the weather, and mental stress in a survival situation. Go over the 10 Essentials you need to have with you at all times when on the trail. Your instructors, Jen Syrowitz and Sharon Gregg-Ellis, are a combo team of unique capabilities. Jen is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Sharon has extensive experience with situational survival skills and also teaches kayaking for WOW.  This class will improve your confidence in the outdoors by giving you the tools to be organized and resourceful.  Back to Top

 

Starting A Hunting Dog

Instructor Carol Ptak, owner of the Gryphon Ranch in Lincoln Creek Valley, west of Centralia, WA, is a certified bird dog trainer who starts puppies on birds and trains them through an AKC JH or NAVHDA Natural ability level. She has titled many different dogs!  In this class she will show you the three requirements for any hunting dog. You will learn the basics of training a gun dog. You will be using live birds in the field and you’ll get hands-on experience with dogs at different levels. Carol will be bringing three Gryphons to use in the demonstrations.  Back to Top

 
Tracking 101

Animal tracking is both an art and a science. Learn the art of tracking in the field as well as the keys to animal identification. You will make a plaster cast of a footprint of a Pacific Northwest native mammal that you discover on site. Your instructor is Linda Bittle of the Wilderness Awareness School.  Back to Top
 
 

Wilderness First Aid

This hands-on class will provide you working information for outdoor first aid on the trail – when getting to a medical facility is not an immediate option.  Learn to manage wounds and attend to wilderness accidents with what you have on your person, in your pack or from the woods. You  must bring a daypack to class, packed with your usual items for a day of hiking. Your instructor, Sarah Lange is certified in first aid response and triage.  Back to Top

 

Wild Game Cooking and Sausage-making

Don’t be intimidated by wild game! Find out the ways to assure success in its preparation and cooking. Lori and Steve Patnode, who also teach After the Catch, teach this delicious class. Wonderful recipes and tips for presentation will accompany their hands-on teaching style. You will taste what you prepare so come with an appetite! You will be preparing elk, venison, duck and quail in some form. Steve is one of the best sausage-maker we know! He’ll walk you through the grinding, seasoning, and stuffing of making sausage from a combination of these meats. Lori and Steve are experienced Northwest anglers, hunters and gatherers.  Back to Top

 

Wild Plants for Emergency Foods

Bears or Chipmunks rob your food bag while out on the trail?  Looking for some fresh variety to supplement your backcountry food?  Join us to learn some of our favorite wild edible plants and how to safely identify, harvest and prepare them.  An emphasis will be placed on how to extend our wilderness food rations while adding great new flavors and amazing nutrition to our meals.  In class we will be preparing recipes like cattail shoot salad with salal berry dressing, pollen pancakes and stinging nettle pilaf.  Come Hungry! Your Instructor is Karen Sherwood of Earthwalk Northwest.  Class size: 12  Back to Top

 

The Wild Life of Wildlife

This class provides an opportunity to meet various mammals and birds of the Pacific Northwest through glimpses, tracks and sounds. It also deals with behavior basics for bear and cougar encounters. Shelly Ament, a biologist with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, has been teaching this excellent, informative course for WOW for several years. Shelly was nominated for Washington's Jefferson Award for her successful work with Elk near Sequim, WA. She has an impressive knowledge of wildlife and her enthusiasm will invite you to hone your observation skills in the outdoors!  Back to Top

Wee Ones in the Woods

A special visit with author Jennifer Aist of Anchorage, Alaska

Families with small children can go camping, too, and enjoy all the joys of the outdoors that they did before the kids!  It takes a little more planning, but author Jennifer Aist will guide you through it with tips and instructions from her new book Babes in the Woods - Hiking, Camping & Boating with Babies & Young Children.  WOW is pleased to have Jennifer with us for this workshop.. She’s here to show you how you can start your children out with a love for the outdoors.  Jennifer will share her tried and tested advice for active parents by offering functional solutions for appropriate gear, clothing, food, nature games to play, and other valuable tips.  Whether planning a short day hike, a car camping trip, a base camp adventure, or a backpacking excursion, Jennifer will confirm that babies and youngsters are well-suited for the mountains, the water, and the adventures that lie beyond.  Back to Top

 

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