Women’s Wilderness is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1998 in Boulder, Colorado. We were one of the first and still one of the only gender-informed organizations providing direct outdoor experiences in the world. We are also a licensed child care provider in the State of Colorado.
We take a gender-expansive and intersectional approach to leading people in the outdoors because significant gender barriers still exist in the U.S. to accessing both outdoor recreation and sports broadly. Girls participate in outdoor recreation at significantly lower rates than boys (Outdoor Fdn, 2017). When considering race, sexuality, socioeconomics, and other intersectional discriminations, opportunities to be outside and feeling free are even fewer.
We are committed to providing safe, respectful, inclusive, and collaborative environments that foster self-awareness and self-actualization. As a team, we aim to create spaces that make our participants feel connected to themselves, each other, and the outdoors.
All backcountry instructors are Wilderness First Responder certified and trained in creating safe experiences for girls, women, and LGBTQ+ folks. We strive to ensure people with shared identities are leading courses, whether that’s women leading girls, LGBTQ+ people leading queer courses, or BIPOC people leading BIPOC programs.
We believe that affinity groups are an essential part of supporting our participants with identities that are marginalized within our community and the broader public. These spaces provide our participants with the chance to safety process their experiences at Women’s Wilderness, in the outdoors, and beyond, with other people who have a shared identity.