Time to connect in the wilderness

The Power of Community and Connection

By Stephanie Zoccatelli In this day and age we are more “connected” than ever. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, you name it. Our phones seem to constantly be in our hands. We virtually interact with people at all times of the day. Over time, however, this over-connection leads to disconnect. There’s a big difference between calling someone and hearing […]
Programs for Girls Taught by Women

Getting Girls Outside [to find their strength] via Gear and Cheer

There are so many events, functions, fundraisers, and always ways to spend your money. What if you knew that ALL the proceeds from an event would go toward getting girls outside, helping them find their voice, their strength and trust within themselves? That’s why we offer the wild, challenging, and loving support of our programs […]

Here’s What You Missed at Summit Sisters 2017

I took a break from work today to stand outside and put my bare feet on the ground. On the real ground: dirt, grass, rocks, maybe a bug or two. I took some deep breaths and looked at my toes — two black-and-blue toenails — as they pressed into the ground, still warm from the […]

Tricks of the Backpacking Trade with Deuter USA’s Becky Marcelliano

This Memorial Day Weekend, Women’s Wilderness Outreach Director, Kelly McClelland caught up with Becky Marcelliano, Marketing Manager for Deuter USA. In her interview, Becky shares her thoughts on the growing presence of women in the outdoor industry and divulges some trade secrets on how to have the best backpacking trip ever. Read on! WW: What inspires you […]

Saving the Pygmy Nuthatch

By Kristi Dranginis of Bird Mentor (and who will be teaching at Summit Sisters!) Just last week I happened to notice a solitary Pygmy Nuthatch at my bird feeder. Okay, a Pygmy Nuthatch at my feeder in and of itself is not unusual, but the fact that it was alone is what stood out as […]

How Women’s Wilderness Changed My Life

By Hannah Dykes Photos by Henna Taylor Those who know me know I am a homebody. I rarely slept over at other girls’ houses growing up, I never went to summer camp, and I’d always rather stay home and curl up on the couch on Friday night. So two years ago, when I got it […]
Growing Girls: The Four Stages of Development

The Growing of Girls

By Suza Bedient, Program Director of Women’s Wilderness  Human beings are designed to grow and learn from the moment of our arrival onto this earth to the day of our departure from it. One of the most amazing features of our brain is its neuroplasticity: its capacity to change throughout life and re-organize its very structure. […]
International Women's Day 2017 brave girls

Happy International Women’s Day 2017!

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, we’d like to share a few of the ways that Women’s Wilderness helps young girls find their strength, confidence, and bravery. Here to help us is guest blogger, Emily Eley.   A Brave Place for Brave Girls   Women’s Wilderness’s mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of […]

A Story of Queer Nature-Connection

I am who I am today in part because of programs like the ones run by Women’s Wilderness. Queer Nature, the program I co-facilitate at WW, which teaches survival skills and natural crafts to the LGBTQ+ community, would also probably not exist if it hadn’t been for my initiation into nature-connection at a pivotal age. […]

The First 4 Things You Should Do When Learning to Rock Climb

I know that learning to rock climb can seem intimidating, especially if you don’t have a mentor to show you the ropes. But rock climbing is surprisingly accessible if you know how to begin, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be a super-athlete to start learning how to climb. Here […]
Colorado Gives Day 2016

Colorado Gives Day 2016 is December 6th!

Today, it is more important than ever to show girls and women that they can be powerful. This is especially true for young girls growing up in low-income households, who come from minority backgrounds, and/or who experience discrimination in school for being part of the LGBTQ+ community. These girls need women role models to look […]

Women’s Wilderness Hosts Lunafest 2016

Women’s Wilderness is currently the only host for Lunafest 2016 in Colorado. Come check out these amazing adventure films by, for, and about women! There will be two showings in the Boulder/Denver area: DENVER, Tuesday October 25th, 7 pm SIE Film Center, 1510 York Street Buy Tickets HERE BOULDER, Tuesday November 1st, 7 pm Boulder Public Library, […]

3 Awesome Stories about Moms Getting It Right

Have you ever noticed that people who don’t have kids (like me) tend to judge the parenting skills of others really harshly? There’s too many examples out there of how parents are getting things wrong, so here’s 3 inspiring stories about moms who I caught in the act of doing being awesome. Moms Getting It […]

Mental Strategies For Rock Climbing

By Alexis Rose, Guest Blogger   Rock climbing will challenge you mentally and physically, and give you an adrenaline rush to remember. Whether you’re facing a wall that’s twenty feet high or two hundred, you know there’s going to be something fun, yet challenging about the route. But that can be daunting. After all, you’re only 5 […]
Ultrarunning in Rocky Mountain National Park

“Getting Chicked”: Ultrarunning, Money, and (Biological) Sex

Ultrarunning could be the next battleground for gender equality in sports — and I’m not just talking about men and women. The timing for ultrarunning’s suddenly burgeoning popularity and the nature of the sport itself give it the potential to be an interesting test-case for the coming (and you know it is coming) surge in competitive athletes of […]
Outdoor Activities to Sooth Your Soul

Outdoor Activities to Soothe Your Soul

By Ally Mann There is something so serene and beautiful about spending time outside. Whether you are going on a long wilderness retreat or just out for a quick walk, spending time outside can be an awesome way to relax and get away from a hectic day-to-day life. Here are a few outdoor activities and adventures that will help […]
Why Wilderness?

Why Wilderness?

By Kris Norbraten-Duvernay, Women’s Wilderness Climbing Instructor I grew up in the 80’s. Going outside was not only encouraged but demanded. I swung upside-down in the front yard oak tree; burned twigs in terra cotta pots behind the garage; concocted cologne from mint leaves and hose water; rode my bike smack into a redbud tree; […]
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