strong girls. strong women. better world. ADVENTURES
new adventures summer course schedule
girls + women courses Full and partial scholarships for girls
why just girls+women and why the outdoors? We know that girls and women have unique strengths and needs. Our programs balance the importance of physical challenge and risk-taking with the development of selfconfidence, courage, and leadership skills. Add in new friendships, beautiful scenery, lots of laughter, and youâ€™ve got the perfect adventure in just your size!
Womenâ€™s Wilderness Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit, whose mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence and leadership skills of girls and women through the challenge and support of wilderness - and community-based experiences.
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We believe our staff are,
quite simply, the best! They are caring, competent outdoor leaders who live their own authentic lives and inspire others to do the same. They know how to listen as well as to speak, and bring spark and humor to every course. Our wilderness staff are certified as Wilderness First Responders, with 80 hours of backcountry first aid training.
Safety: The Womenâ€™s Wilderness Institute uses risk management protocols that are considered â€œbest practicesâ€? in the field of adventure. At the same time, you should know that all of our courses are real wilderness experiences, and there are inherent risks whenever you venture into the mountains. Field staff will teach you how to recognize hazards and ways to handle them appropriately so you can be an active participant in keeping safe.
Thanks to support from foundations and donors we are able to offer full & partial scholarships for all of our courses for girls who qualify.
girls’ adventures daughter+parent adventures: Experience a fun way to see a new side of a favorite adult in your life on a one day adventure. Take your mom, dad, or favorite adult outside for a day of …
rock climbing Learn about safety, knots, belaying, and rock climbing. Dates: June 28, Aug 9 $75 per person
fly fishing Learn how to set up your rod, cast, and (hopefully) what to do after you catch a fish. Dates: June 15 $75 per person
adventure days A fun outdoor day camp with hiking, lots of games, rock climbing, art, and team-building. Learn new things, make new friends, and have fun outside all day. Build up to a final camping overnight on the last night! Ages: 8-10, or entering 4th -5th grades Dates: June 16-20, July 14-18, Aug 11-15 Ages: 10-12, or entering 5th -7th grades Dates: June 16-20, Aug 11-15 $495 Boulder Chautauqua area
Fishing license required for adults
camping overnight Learn how to set up the tent, cook over a camp stove, and make s’mores. You bring the grown up, we’ll bring all the equipment, staff and food for a fun overnight with stargazing and hot cocoa. Dates: July 19-20 $100 per person For girls 8+years-old with a supportive adult 21+.
latina days Adventure Days (see above) tailored for girls who feel more comfortable in an all-Latina group. Features community building and cultural pride activities. Bring your sister! Ages: 10-14, or entering 5th -9th grades Dates: July 14-18 $495 ($50 deposit) Boulder Chautauqua area
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girls’ adventures adventure camp
Camping, backpacking, and rock climbing! Share in the thrill of sleeping outside, and exploring new places while making new friends. Come home feeling accomplished, confident, and excited for adventures to come! Ages: 12-13, or entering 7th -8th grades Dates: June 23-28, July 7-12, July 21-26, July 28- Aug 2, Aug 4 - 9 $795 Vedauwoo & Snowy Range, WY Colorado State Forest
Spend the week learning how to rock climb outdoors. Each day we will visit a different rock climbing site, where you can learn about safety, knots, belaying and climbing. Try gear placement and anchor building. Build your muscles and learn a new skill. Ages: 13-15, or entering 8th -10th grades Dates: June 30-July 3 $495 Boulder area
arts & outdoors Discover, create, and express yourself! You’ll explore the mountains and learn the basic camping skills while having fun doing art outdoors. Capture the beauty of your surroundings - and take home your memories - through creative writing, visual arts, singing, and theatrical expression. Ages: 13-15, or entering 8th -10th grades connect with us! Dates: June 23-27 $645 Snowy Range, WY
rock camp Whether you’ve been climbing for years or just starting out, this course is a fantastic way to challenge yourself in new ways as you embark upon the adventure of an outdoor climbing trip. Learn or refine camping and climbing skills with a supportive group of girls and amazing women rock climbing instructors. Ages: 14-16, or entering 9th -11th grades Dates: June 16-20 $695 Vedauwoo WY
ﬁnancial aid available
wilderness expedition A true wilderness backpacking experience. Explore Wyoming’s beautiful Snowy Mountains while becoming more confident and comfortable outdoors. With new friends, learn to navigate using map and compass, contribute to group decisions on how you want your community and trip to progress, and then work together as a team to achieve those goals. Ages: 13-15, or entering 8th -10th grades Dates: July 7-12 (6 days) $795 Ages: 14-17, or entering 9th -12th grades Dates: July 14-21 (8 days) $1095 Snowy Range, WY
leadership course Leadership means the ability to be yourself while also inspiring, supporting, and collaborating with others. Have fun, achieve individual and group goals, work together as a team. The Leadership course is a more advanced backcountry experience. Develop your skills as a leader through rock climbing, backpacking, and learn about different leadership styles. Within the tight knit group you help create, you can take ownership and responsibility for leading this expedition. Good physical health and previous backpacking experience recommended. Ages: 15-18, or entering 10th -12th grades Dates: July 28- Aug 10 $1795 Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area, CO
registration is easy go to www.womenswilderness.org or call us 303.938.9191
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DAUGHTER + PARENT COURSES D+P D+P D+P D+P
Fly Fishing Rock Climbing Rock Climbing Overnight
AGE 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+
GIRL’S COURSES AGE Adventure Days 8-10 Adventure Days 8-10 Adventure Days 8-10 Adventure Days 10-12 Adventure Days 10-12 Latina Adventure Days 10-14 Adventure Camp 12-13 Adventure Camp 12-13 Adventure Camp 12-13 Adventure Camp 12-13 Adventure Camp 12-13 Art+Outdoors 13-15 6 day Wilderness Expedition 13-15 Rock Days 13-15 Rock Camp Overnight 14-16 8 day Wilderness Expedition 14-17 Leadership Course 15-18 WOMENS COURSES Intro to Fly Fishing Into to Mtn Biking Into to Mtn Biking Mtn Bike Skills Clinic Mtn Bike Skills Clinic Mtn Bike Retreat Climbing Anchors + Gear Climbing Anchors + Gear Rock Climbing Retreat Rock Climbing Retreat Grace + Grit Finding your Roots Next Steps
AGE 21+ 18+ 18+ 18+ 18+ 18+ 18+ 18+ 21+ 21+ 40+ 21+ 30+
June June Aug July
15 28 9 19 - 20
1 day 1 day 1 day 2 days
DATES June July August June Aug July June July July July/Aug August June July June/July June July July/Aug
16 - 20 14 - 18 11 - 15 16 - 20 11 - 15 14 - 18 23 - 28 7 - 12 21 - 26 28 - 2 4-9 23-27 7-12 30-3 16-20 14-21 28-10
DURATION 5 days 5 days 5 days 5 days 5 days 5 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 5 days 6 days 4 days 5 days 8 days 14 days
DATES May June Sept June Sept May May June May Sept Sept/Oct Sept May
17 7 6 8 7 2-4 3 7 16 - 18 19 - 21 30 - 4 10-14 15-18
DURATION 1 day 1 day 1 day ½ day ½ day 3 days 1 day 1 days 3 days 3 days 5 days 5 days 4 days
Refund and Cancellation Policy: • More than 60 days prior to course start: 100% of tuition minus deposit. • 21-59 days: 50% minus deposit.• 8-20 days: No refunds, however 50% of payment(minus deposit) is transferable to another course in 2014. • Less than 7 days: No refunds or transfers. Travel Insurance: We recommend travel insurance to cover your costs in case cancellation is unavoidable.
women’s adventures intro to fly fishing 21+ Learn the basics of this creative and peaceful sport. We’ll cover the key components of catch and release fishing, including rod and reel set-up, casting, tying knots and avoiding line snags. Includes fly fishing gear. Dates: May 17 $100 Boulder area
intro to mountain biking 18+ (Beginners) Brush up your riding skills and learn some new tricks during this one-day trail riding primer. Learn cornering, body positioning, using clips, climbing, descending and basic bike maintenance. Build skills and confidence. Bring your own bike. Dates: June 7, Sept 6 $100 Boulder area
mountain bike retreat 18+ Three days of amazing trails, three different types of terrain and 360 degrees of jawdropping views. This course offers a great progression of fundamental and technical skills designed to help you ride confidently on any track, including climbing and cornering, mastering switchbacks and simple tricks. For beginning to intermediate riders. You bring your bike; we’ll bring the rest of the camping gear & food. Dates: May 2-4 $375 ($50 deposit) Fruita, Co + $100 round trip van ride from Boulder
climbing anchors + gear skills 18+ We’ll bring the rack of gear, you build the anchors! Take your climbing to the next level. Learn to place gear and build anchors. Great for the aspiring or beginning trad lead climber. Some previous climbing experience is recommended (indoor is okay). Dates: May 3, June 7 $125 Boulder area
rock climbing retreat mountain bike skills clinic 18+ (Intermediate/Advanced) Acquire the advanced technique to push your riding to the next level. In this ½ day clinic learn to bunny-hop, climb steeps, take drops, turn tighter corners, ride over logs, and navigate obstacles like bridges, narrows and loose gravel. Bring your own bike. Dates: June 8, Sept 7 $65 Boulder area
18+ Relax and challenge yourself in a supportive group of women climbers for 3 days. Build confidence, friendships, and climbing skills with our experienced staff. Designed for beginning and intermediate climbers. All equipment and food included. Dates: May 16-18, Sept 19-21 $375 Vedauwoo, WY + $50 round trip van ride from Boulder
womenâ€™s adventures grace & grit
finding your roots
40+ Dedicate five glorious days to yourself while you canoe along a beautiful section of the Green river. This trip provides a great introduction to river skills, options for day-hiking and plenty of time to relax and reflect, all with great stories and the camaraderie of a fantastic group of women. Includes equipment and meals, with a final night in a hotel. Dates: September 30 - Oct 4 $799 Grand Junction, CO
21+ Explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountain wilderness and experience your deeply personal connection to yourself and the life all around you. Over the course of 5 days, the layers of cultural disconnect will be unraveled, leaving us with a sense of our authentic connection to the rest of the world. No prior backpacking experience necessary. Dates: September 10-14 $675 Snowy Range, WY
+ $100 round trip van ride from Boulder
+ $50 round trip van ride from Boulder
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next steps 30+ Take a step towards making a change in your life. Clarify your goals, intentions and actions while drawing inspiration from Utahâ€™s slickrock canyons. Especially for women who wish to rejuvenate any aspect of their life, deepen personal understanding and proactively work with personal objectives around balance, choices, transitions and expectations. No prior backpacking experience necessary. Dates: May 15-18 $550 Negro Bill Canyon, Moab, Utah + $100 round trip van ride from Boulder