Questions & Answers
How many instructors will be on my course?
This depends on course type. Girls’ courses generally have 3 instructors for a group of 10 girls. Most adult courses are at or below a ratio of 4:1. All of our staff are certified as Wilderness First Responders.
What will I eat?
All food is provided on overnight courses, including healthy meals and plenty of snacks. Our staff will teach you how to create wholesome, delicious back country meals with enough fuel and nutrition to keep you happy on your course. Meals are designed to accommodate a full range of preferences – from vegetarian to meat-eaters! There is always plenty to eat, and we pack snacks for munching throughout the day. However, if you have your favorite snack items, feel free to bring them along as well.
What if I have a food allergy?
We can accommodate some common food allergies and dietary needs, so if you have dietary restrictions please let us know at least two weeks before your course.
What about safety?
Your safety is the very first priority on our courses. We have an excellent safety record and a strong commitment to making our courses as safe as possible. We uses safety procedures and protocols that are considered “best practices” in the field of wilderness programming. All field staff are certified as Wilderness First Responders.
How do I know if I am in good enough shape?
The degree of physical challenge varies greatly among our courses, but all require good health and a reasonable level of fitness. Because we know that people choose to go into the wilderness for different reasons, each course has been rated according to its fitness level to assist in choosing a course that suits your needs.
How do I get to my course?
Adult participants will be responsible for their own transportation to the course site. Girls’ overnight courses will meet at our office and we take a van to the trailhead and camping area. Girls’ day courses meet at a designated trailhead each day.
What should I bring with me?
Not much! We have top quality backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, climbing gear and all the other outdoor equipment you might need. If you have any of these items you may bring your own gear. You will receive a list of things to bring with your enrollment packet.
How are your courses so affordable?
We work very hard to make our wilderness experiences accessible to as many people as possible. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and dedicate resources to securing individual donors, engaging corporate sponsors and soliciting foundation grants. We aim to keep our prices competitive and also direct a portion of fees to support scholarships for our Girls’ Wilderness Program.
How long have you been around?
Laura Tyson founded The Women’s Wilderness Institute in 1997, to provide outdoor experiences that speak to girls and women in their own style. Since then, we have expanded to serve many groups of people – especially those that have not felt historically represented in the outdoor world.
Why do the staff love working at Women's Wilderness?
Our field staff are highly experienced outdoor professionals and many work for numerous outdoor adventure programs and wilderness schools. Yet, most of our women say Women’s Wilderness is their favorite place to work.