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, 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 most instruction, equipment and supplies (see course list for details, a fishing license is 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.
Cost: $400 + a new or slightly used gear item for our silent auction
(Choose 1 per session, Itinerary subject to change)
Session I Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A. Intro to Firearms & Safety
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 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.
B. Personal Self Defense
Women are more likely to become the victim of physical violence and they are often found in situations that might encourage this. For example, going for a walk or run in the evening, leaving work or a store in a sketchy part of town, or real estate agents who might have to show houses on their own. Fearing for your safety is a common trend nowadays for women of all ages. This doesn’t have to be the case and we can help you! Police Science Institute and Fresno Vanguard Krav Maga teaches real world self-defense in a safe environment where ANYONE can develop to their full potential and test the effectiveness of their skills. Through practical application, all participants are trained with simple and effective gross motor skill based techniques to generate a better sense of confidence and self- preservation. (additional fee applies)
C. Beginning Fly-Fishing
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.
D. Beginning Archery
Our own expert archers will share their expertise in a comfortable and supportive setting – helping everyone reach the 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
F. 7:00-9:00 Midnight Kayaking
Sign up early for this special class! Our Kayaking instructors will take you out on the Kings River to enjoy an evening paddle. One of the best times to view wildlife is at dusk, so don’t miss your chance to view them from a unique location! (additional fee applies)
Session II Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
G. Beginning Shotgun and Pellet Gun Shooting (*Prereq – Class A or a Valid California Hunter Education Certificate)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!
H. Birding 101 - 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!
I. Beginning Fly Fishing (repeat of class C)
J. Outdoor Cooking - 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.
K. Archery (repeat of class D).
Intro to Horse Riding and California Living History - Learn the basics of horsemanship and barn safety during this one hour lecture. Then put your skills to the test on our one hour trail ride and see nature from a unique viewpoint. After you turn into the barn, join our living historian to learn a bit more about what it took to be a ranch hand during the 19th century in early California. (additional fee for this activity)
L. NEW* Intro to Horse Riding and California Living History
Learn the basics of horsemanship and barn safety during this one hour lecture. Then put your skills to the test on our one hour trail ride and see nature from a unique viewpoint. After you turn into the barn, join our living historian to learn a bit more about what it took to be a ranch hand during the 19th century in early California. (additional fee for this activity)
Session III Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
N. Beginning Shotgun (repeat of G)
O. Ropes Course
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. (additional fee required)
P. On-Water Fly Fishing(*Prereg – You must do class C or I to be eligible for this class)
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.
Q. Outdoor Cooking(repeat of class J).
R. Project WILD certification
Calling all Educators! Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. From the tiny minnow to the majestic grizzly, wildlife and humans are integrally connected. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment. This results in the making of informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment. (Course Curriculum included)
S. Kayaking(repeat of class F).
Saturday night entertainment &
Sharing memories of BOW
Session IV Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Intructor(s)
T. Fly Tying
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.
U. Birding(repeat of class H).
V.Orienteering/Map and Compass
W. Bowhunting(*Prerequisite:you must do class D or L)
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.
X. QuickStart your Canoe