The best thing about Women's Wilderness is the passion and commitment our supporters have demonstrated for wilderness experiences and outdoor adventures for girls and women. For seventeen years, we have never turned a girl away for financial reasons. Thousands of girls and women have learned new skills with the support of talented female staff and their fellow participants. They have practiced courageously speaking their truth, and built confidence through competence. We love what we do at Women's Wilderness!
Times are changing, though, and what girls and women want is different than in the past. For a few years now, we've seen a drop in enrollment and fewer girls are seeking out girls-only wilderness programming. In fact, girls' participation in outdoor activities is at its lowest since 2006, according to the Outdoor Foundation. We believe that the mission of Women's Wilderness is just as important as ever, but we need to make sure we are offering programming that is fresh and relevant in today's world.
The day-to-day work of Women's Wilderness keeps us awfully busy, and it is not easy to take the time to step back and really consider the work we do and how we do it. But if we are going to continue for another seventeen years, we are going to have to take the time to carefully contemplate how we can best accomplish our mission. It is time to think about new ways to deliver our conscious choice curriculum model - which has positively impacted the lives of so many girls and women.
Women's Wilderness has decided to take a time out to give us a chance to really reflect on what our future will look like. We will be scaling way back on our current operations while we dedicate our energy and resources into the re-visioning of Women's Wilderness. Our goal is to emerge from this time of reflection and growth a stronger, more relevant organization with the best and most current programming available to meet the demands of today's girls and women.
We would love to hear from you during this time of transition. Please follow us on Facebook where we will announce opportunities for you to join in on the conversation. We will keep you posted on our progress, and we are truly looking forward to seeing you again in 2015 in our new incarnation!
Strong Girls. Strong Women. Better World.
"I'm inspired to work at the Women's Wilderness for the courage I see in our participants, the passion and commitment of our staff, the potential to help our planet through strengthening the voice of women."Jody Radtke, Program Director 2005-2012