LINCOLN, Neb. — Women interested in making new friends and learning how to better enjoy the outdoors can sign up for fun, hands-on workshops this spring and summer that teach outdoor activities such as kayaking, hunting and fishing.

Part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) series, workshops take place outdoors and focus on a single topic such as hunting, fishing, outdoor cooking or kayaking. They may be held over the course of half a day, a weekend, or several evenings.

Workshops are tailored primarily to beginners, and, participants say, give them the skills and confidence to try activities they always wanted to do.

“After participating in some of the sessions I bought a kayak that I use and a Dutch oven for camping. I even take my grandchildren fishing without worrying about who’s going to take the fish off the hook,” writes BOW participant Jill DeJung. “The BOW weekends have taught me new skills, introduced me to new friends — and I enjoy the outdoors even more now.”

The following are just a selection of classes that are still available:

 Lunch and Archery Lessons; May 16, 23, 30; the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln: Perfect for beginners, this series provides a thorough introduction to archery – lunch included.

 Ladies Handgun Series; June 5, 12, 19; Platte River State Park: Learn the fundamentals of shooting, handgun selection and safety in a comfortable atmosphere.

Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot early. For more information and to register, visit A park permit is required to enter a state park area.