Women of WWOA

The Women of WWOA was created to offer educational activities and a supportive atmosphere for women landowners to learn more about caring for their woodlands. The group gathers two to three times a year to spend a day learning from each other and natural resource professionals.

 

Upcoming WOWWOA Events

 
2018 Spring Gathering: 

When: Saturday, May 5th | 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (coffee & sweets starting at 8:30 AM)

Where: Mueller’s Quarry Tree Farm | Arcadia, WI (They were Wisconsin’s 2015 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, so lots of great information on how they sustainable manage their land!)

What: Fun day of learning, walking, listening, and sharing…

  • Walking the land with UW-Extension Assistant Professor Geology, Jay Zambito. He is currently conducting research in the Arcadia Driftless Area
  • Hot picnic lunch- yum!
  • Meghan Jensen, WDNR Conservation Warden in Trempealeau County will discuss her work and answer questions about woodland concerns.
  • Afternoon sampling in erosion retention ponds with UW-Extension’s Randy Mell.

What to Wear: Part of the day will be indoors and part outside, so dress comfortably for both. Think woods casual- jeans, boots, long sleeves, rain gear, hat, etc.

2018 Fall Gathering:

The tentative date for the Fall WOWWOA gathering is Saturday, October 20th at the Aldo Leopold Foundation Center near Baraboo. More details to follow as they become available.

 

Do you have an idea for our spring/fall gatherings? Let us know! All are welcome to join the Women of WWOA steering committee to help us plan and organize our biannual gatherings. Send an email to volunteer.wwoa@gmail.com or call us at 715-346-4798 for more information.

 

Other Activities & Resources for Women

Becoming An Outdoors Women (BOW) 

BOW offers year round activities and trips for adult women of any age or fitness level in a hands-on, supportive atmosphere. 

Current Wisconsin BOW Activities:

  • Fly Fishing at the Rose Farm: Friday,June 1st to Saturday, June 2nd BROCHURE – registration open! 
  • Isle Royale National Park Adventure: Friday, July 20th to Wednesday, July 25th  BROCHURE – registration open!
  • 28th “Original” BOW: Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th SAMPLE BROCHURE
  • Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking: TBD SAMPLE BROCHURE
  • Sporting Clays and Pheasants: Saturday, November 3rd SAMPLE BROCHURE
  • Winter BOW: February 2019 SAMPLE BROCHURE

Check the BOW page for international trips offered throughout the year.

BOW currently has a Temporary Hunter Mentor Training Program Assistant position available. The 20-hour a week position will support the Hunter Mentor Training Program offered by Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW). The successful candidates will assist in planning, coordinating, and evaluating training sessions, Hunt for Food events, and with social media and mailing list updates. To see the full position information click here. Applications are due May 2nd, or until the position needs are met.

Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI)

The Women’s Environmental Institute is an environmental research, renewal, and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children, and identified communities affected by environmental injustice; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change. [Located in Minnesota]

Select Current WEI Activities

Check their Calendar of Events for numerous classes throughout the year.

Women Owning Woodlands 

The Women Owning Woodlands web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woodland owners.

Other Events for Women
  • TBD

 

Past WOWWOA Events

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In October 2017 WOWWOA met at Treehaven in Tomahawk for part of the day and learned about and sampled different edible plants found in the forest from a past Treehaven Plant TA. In the morning the group toured Jane Severt’s family woodlands.

The Women of WWOA gathered in April 2017 at Powers Bluff County Park in Wood County for a wildflower themed day that included a “flower pounding” craft and a hike. WWOA members, Judy Miller and Kay Mehlberg, shared the history and how to’s of “flower pounding” and afterward, each attendee had the opportunity to create their own note card or cloth piece using the demonstrated flower pounding techniques. Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed mingling and sharing their projects, stories, and laughs with each other. After lunch, the group learned about wildflower identification either through a hike led by UWSP Biology Professor, Stephanie Lyon, or an interactive indoor presentation. Highlights of the walk included trillium, spring beauty, Dutchmen’s breeches, bellwort, and more. Print a copy of the Wisconsin Wildflowers crossword from thegathering to share with friends/family! [crossword answer key]

In October 2016 WOWWOA met at Necedah Wildlife Refuge to learn about the US Fish and Wildlife Service and how they work with and assist private landowners in attaining the goals they have for their land through compressedtheir Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Attendees learned about the history of the refuge, stopping to see a few birds on a tour of the property. The women enjoyed mingling with one another, discussing their own properties and past experiences. Bernie Williams of the WI DNR discussed invasive earthworms in the afternoon, showing members how to “call” worms to the soil surface using mustard and water. Members each received their own packet of mustard to take home and try the experiment on their own lands.

In July 2016 we met at WOWWOA member, Diane Lueck’s property in Waushara County to learn about her recent start on a prairie restoration project on her family’s 80 acres. Seven acres had recently been mowed of small trees and woody brush to restore the hilly prairies that she and her family remember from years past. The event was an informal walk which included stops at many glacial features, an old root cellar, an old railroad bed, and a look at invasive plants Diane is working to control.

In April 2016 WOWWOA met at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. The perfect spring day included an Linda Williams WOWWOA 4 16 16informal nature walk with Linda Williams (WDNR) and Jamie Nack (UW-EX) where we learned about forest health, wildlife, and wildlife habitat. Nancy Bozek provided the most recent information on Managed Forest Law. Elise Worthel and Helen Moberg updated the group on the Land Handbook being developed and received wonderful feedback and suggestions. Everyone also had a chance to share their favorite outdoor reading. In the afternoon the group chose to learn about Arbor Day and kid’s activities with Elise or how to create a wildlife management plan with Jamie.

IMG_0638A group of 20 WOWWOA  met at The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) in Amherst Junction in October 2015 for a day of presentations on forestry issues, wild edibles and promoting the family culture of our woodlands.

Chippewa Valley Chapter (CVC) ladies hosted a spring event at the Beaver Creek Reserve in May 2015.  It was a wonderful spring day in the woods!  Informational presentations included a forest walk with tree identification, and presentations on native plants and butterflies and blue bird habitat restoration.

Steve and Sue Ring of Shiocton hosted a winter IMG_0184
sleigh ride in February 2015 on their Pinevilla Tree Farm for WOWWOA.  Steve explained the various forest types, previous sustainable timber harvests, recreational opportunities their land provides, and the variety of wildlife that call the tree farm home.

Won’t you join us to learn more about your woodlands?  We are growing a network of women who enjoy discussing our woodland challenges, sharing our experiences, and learning from natural resource professionals.

Contact the WWOA office to receive email notices of upcoming events.