The multi-course will be held in beautiful Sanger, California at Wonder Valley Ranch It is a beautiful setting to learn the basic outdoor skills and receive hands-on training and experience in several outdoor activities.
Skills include archery, fly fishing, fly tying, map and compass, outdoor/Dutch oven cooking, shotgun shooting, knot tying, backpacking, kayaking, a ropes course and more. Workshop instructors are certified in their field and include professional biologists, hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts; all who specialize in providing exceptional training for women. Registration covers all instruction, equipment and supplies (except a fishing license required for open water fishing), 3 days and two nights dorm style lodging, seven fabulous sit down meals, two evening programs and entertainment, raffles, merchandise and MORE.
(Choose 1 per session)
Session I Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This course will cover basic types of firearms, firearms safety, how to select/purchase firearms, which firearms are used for different types of hunting, and outdoor ethics. While this course does not include an actual shooting, it is a prerequisite for anyone who wishes to register for any of the shooting courses and does not possess a valid California Hunter Safety Certificate.
Participants will learn how to navigate using map and compass, and how to read topographic and other types of maps. Besides its’ usefulness for hunting and outdoor activities, this skill has become a popular recreational activity in its own right. Participants who sign up for GPS in the Field (R or Z) have priority.
Participants will learn about fish habits and habitat, the basics of casting, tying knots, and how to select flies and equipment. This is a dry-land class. Equipment is provided. This is a two-part class.
Want to learn more about the birds you see and hear but don’t know how to get started? Are you a “backyard birder” and want to take it to the next level? This class will introduce the novice or current birder to the basics of birding especially the tools of the trade and identification techniques to improve your skills. You’ll learn about optics, field guides, listing, and on-line resources. We’ll review bird identification by size & shape, color & pattern, behavior, habitat and song. Binoculars, spotting scopes and field guides will be provided but you are welcome (and encouraged) to bring your own. About half of our time will be indoors, the other half outdoors with easy walking and we will interrupt class anytime to watch Acorn Woodpeckers, American Robins, Yellow-rumped Warblers and other beautiful birds of the area!
Our own expert archers will share their expertise in a comfortable and supportive setting – guaranteeing everyone a bull’s eye! Participants will learn about various types of archery equipment, selection, safety, etiquette, ethics, and shooting form. There will be a range set up and everyone will have an opportunity to shoot a bow. Equipment is provided.
Participants will learn the basics of this popular sport. Information will include how to enter and exit the boat, safety tips, paddle strokes, and other maneuvers. Beginner appropriate – no advanced techniques.
Friday night -Dinner and entertainment
Session II Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Participants will learn shotgun types/gauges and how to load, shoot, and cleaning fundamentals. All participants will “break a clay”. One of the most popular courses offered. We just know you’ll love this!
Participants will learn how to navigate using map and compass, and how to read topographic and other types of maps. Besides its’ usefulness for hunting and outdoor activities, this skill has become a popular recreational activity in its own right.
Learn how to simply prepare healthy, hearty, and masterful meals in the great outdoors. Participants will learn about outdoor cooking fires, wood types, and charcoal temperature. How to build a Dutch oven fire, successful food storage for extended trips, and a variety of traditional camp cooking methods and secrets complete this course. Participants will prepare, cook, and sample their meals.
Certified instructors will take you through the steps of personal protection, from awareness to action. The Beginner level instruction is suitable for any physical ability.
Learn how to plan a safe and enjoyable excursion, choose and use field guides, binoculars, and other tools of the trade. Additionally understand habitat types in relationship to plant and animal distribution, identify plants, birds, and learn to read wildlife signs. Bring a small knapsack, sturdy footwear to explore our wild lands as never before.
Session III Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Participants will travel to a nearby river or lake and practice casting techniques, fly selection, reading the water, how to land and release fish, safety, and ethics. All equipment (rods, reels, waders, boots, flies) is provided unless you want to use your own. You must have a valid California Fishing License. This is a two-part class; you must enroll in Beginning.
Challenge yourself and learn problem solving skills and how to work as a team as you face the challenges of the low and high ropes elements of Wonder Valley’s Ropes course. “Blind maze”, “Electric Maze”, “Trust Fall”, “Cat Walk”, “Zip lining” and “Leap of Faith” are just some of the fun and exhilarating challenges.
Saturday night entertainment &
Sharing memories of BOW
Session IV Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Intructor(s)
Construct a fly to catch a fish. This course will show you how to understand and utilize the design, shape, and application of materials to create your very own look alike masterpiece to entice Mr. Trout out of his Barcalounger”. Let Jeanne and Ron show you how to build a fly that is more than just a work of art”.
Participants will learn about basic bow hunting equipment and techniques, such as tree stand hunting, still hunting, stalking, and camouflage. Also learn about the habits and habitat of animals usually hunted by archers. There will be a range set up where you can try out a variety of archery equipment. Equipment is provided. This is a two-part class; you must enroll in Archery class (either B or F) to take this class. No exceptions