About Women’s Wilderness

Since 1998, Women’s Wilderness has offered wilderness experiences and outdoor adventures for women and girls in the Rocky Mountains and the deserts of the Southwest. Whether you are seeking a rejuvenating week of backpacking, the skills to build your own top-rope anchor, or the determination to make a major change in your life, we hope you will join us for an unforgettable experience that will increase your wilderness skills, refresh your spirit, connect you to new friends and bring you the joy of a wilderness adventure in the company of women!

Women’s Wilderness is a 501 C-3 Non Profit Organization.

Our office location is:

2845 Wilderness Place, Suite 211 Boulder, CO 80301

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Women’s Wilderness Mission

Our mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women through the challenge and support of group wilderness and community based experiences.


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.

What makes Women’s Wilderness different?

We are the only non-profit program in the nation providing opportunities for wilderness adventures, technical skill development and community connections for only women and girls, by women!

Women’s Wilderness created a new model of conscious choice-based, women-specific wilderness education. We effectively teach skills crucial to building self-sufficiency, confidence and personal strength. Our courses are real-life, women-only adventures! The excitingly unpredictable nature of an outdoor experience makes every course different. Unlike a guided “adventure travel vacation,” participants take an active role in the flow of their adventure, learning new skills, cooking meals, navigating, setting up camp and meeting as a group to plan and organize each day.

We have never turned away a girl in financial need! In 18 years, we have provided $300,000 in scholarships!

For financial aid application click below, fill it out, and email it directly to emily@womenswilderness.org

Financial Aid application 2016

Spanish Financial Aid Application 2016

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Women and girls tell us they haven’t laughed so hard in years and nearly everyone brings home solid skills, new friendships and a lasting glow. As one of our Green River Yoga participants described her feeling at the end of the trip, “I feel like I have come home to myself.”

About The Girls’ Wilderness 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 programs are at the heart of our mission. We are the only organization in the front range to offer powerful wilderness opportunities just for girls, by women! These programs are extremely important to help girls improve self-esteem. Today, girls face many pressures in school environments that can lead to harmful behaviors and attitudes. We help girls foster confidence in themselves and their leadership abilities so that social pressures don’t take the best of them.

For financial aid application click below, fill it out, and email it directly to emily@womenswilderness.org

Financial Aid application 2016

Spanish Financial Aid Application 2016

Jody Radtke, Program Director 2005-2012

“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.”

Why Choose Us?

  • We never turn away a girl because of financial reasons; most of our students receive financial aid.
  • We are the only wilderness program in the front range geared just for women and girls.
  • Our mature and professional staff are educated and knowledgeable in backcountry skills.
  • We create an atmosphere of mutual empowerment.
  • We respect differences, diversity, and the right to individual choices.
  • We provide time to build friendships and enjoy the wilderness environment.
  • We cultivate a balance of support, challenge, and fun!

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