• I am a lot stronger than I thought I was, mentally and physically!
  • Thanks to two wonderful guides and an exceptional group of women, I had the trip of a lifetime!
  • The thing that I enjoyed the most out of this trip was meeting some really awesome girls. They were strong and beautiful, and I learned something from each of them.
  • I practiced: Go with the flow, find the good, listen to your heart! I loved this weekend, thank you!
  • I felt more free and able to be myself on this trip than ever before!
  • I loved learning a new sport that I’ve been intimidated by in the past within such a supportive group of women.
  • I will believe in myself more, love my body, and take more risks!
  • I have now many new friends with whom I cherish every moment.


image_1 copyWhat You Can Expect From Us

Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs and learning styles of women and girls while providing solid instruction in wilderness living, outdoor skills and backcountry safety.

image_2 copyWhat Makes Us Different.

The Women’s Wilderness Institute has created a new model of choice-based, women-specific wilderness education that effectively teaches skills crucial to building self-sufficiency, confidence and personal strength. Our courses are real-life, women-only adventures, and the excitingly unpredictable nature of an outdoor experience makes every course different.

About The Program

We are incredibly proud that in the history of our organization, we have never turned a girl away for financial reasons. Our Girls’ Wilderness Program is the heart of the Institute’s mission, providing one- to fourteen-day adventures for girls in a supportive ‘girl-positive’ environment.


Suza Bedient

Suza‘s roots tap deeply into wild places. As an adult she broadened her explorations, including becoming a senior field instructor for the National Outdoor leadership Schools (NOLS) with over 300 weeks in wild places.

Emily Isaacs

Emily is a teacher, outdoorswoman, therapist, and community leader who loves to befriend women who are learning to find their strength in the outdoors.


Practical lessons aside, this trip taught me lesson upon lesson about trust, friendship, sisterhood and life.

Talia, age 11, Adventure Camp

The girls were my favorite part of the course. I feel that I made friendship that will last a lifetime. And, I learned a lot from the staff about how to be a strong woman.

Rebecca, age 17, Leadership Course